Landseer Newfoundlands can live for 8 to 11 years. This is on the lower end of the scale for dogs and is mainly due to the Landseer’s large size.
Despite their relatively short lifespan, Landseer Newfoundland dogs are relatively healthy doggies. However, there are some common health issues that you need to be aware of and keep an eye out for, as such conditions put Landseer Newfoundland dogs at risk, including some of which they commonly die from.
Subaortic stenosis (SAS) is a congenital heart disease that is very common in Newfoundlands including the Landseer variation. In simple terms, the condition causes narrowing of the aorta and thus puts extra strain on the heart to pump against resistance.
While it can be a mild disease, severe narrowing could actually kill the Landseer. This is why it is so important to keep up with routine vet checkups for screening and early diagnosis.
Bloat occurs when the Landseer’s stomach dilates and twists when they eat or drink too much, too fast. It is another common, life-threatening condition in Landseer Newfoundlands that requires urgent veterinary attention.
Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Joint dysplasia is a condition where the joint socket forms abnormally resulting in instability. In Landseer Newfoundland dogs, the hip and elbow joints are the most commonly affected.
With time, hip and elbow dysplasia predispose the Landseer to arthritis and mobility issues. However, this process can be slowed down and mitigated by moderate exercises, a healthy diet, and supplements like chondroitin and glucosamine.
Ear infections are common in Landseers due to their long, hairy ears that create the perfect environment for germs to thrive. This is made worse by swimming in which case moisture gets trapped in the ears.
Fortunately, good grooming practices can help lower the Landseer’s risk of developing ear infections. For example, using a pair of scissors in trimming the excess hair whenever it is found protruding out of the ear canal of the Landseer.