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Newfoundland Dog Breed Information

Size 26-28 in (66-71 cm)
Weight 110-150 lb (50-68 kg)
Origin Canada
Color Black, white/black, brown
Lifespan 8-10 years
Suitable as Family dogs
Personality Docile, intelligent, friendly, loyal, relaxed
Exercise Exercise Needs
Drooling Amount of Drooling
Shedding Amount of Shedding
Grooming Grooming Needs

Rating = very/a lot; Rating = not very/a little

Newfoundland Breed Characteristics

The Newfoundland is incredibly gentle, docile, peaceful, polite, good-natured, patient and devoted. It is like a big, cuddly teddy bear and ideal for children. It gets along well with other dogs and pets (including cats). If it believe that their “pack” is in danger, their great protective instinct will show. Now what are the downsides? Newfoundlands shed and drool quite a lot. If they romp around due to excitement, something can break. This is why they need a lot of space. Although they are laid back, they suffer terribly when left alone. They will start to destroy things. By the way, the Newfoundland has nickname. It is called Newf or Newfie.

Newfoundland Training and Discipline

Although the Newfoundland is huge, it wants to be as close to you as possible. That means it sometimes sits on your feet, snuggles up to your legs and leans against them with its whole weight. It might even try to sit on your lap. It is very important to train it as a puppy, because it really has to obey your commands when it is a large and heavy dog. Make sure that it meets other humans and animals at an early age and gets accustomed to different sounds and situations.

As they are also very intelligent and obedient, they are easy to train. But you shouldn’t leave them alone for too long. Although agility is not quite its favourite activity, dog sports such as obedience, tracking and carting can be great fun for him.

Newfoundland Pros

  • Easy to train
  • Likes to swim
  • Strong protective instincts

Newfoundland Cons

  • Not a beginner dog
  • Needs a lot of space (house, car)
  • Needs good socialization as a puppy
  • Needs a lot of grooming
  • Sheds a lot
  • Drools a lot

Newfoundland Newfoundland - Photo: Pandas/Shutterstock

Newfoundland Exercise Needs

Newfoundlanders are moving slowly but happily and do not necessarily want to cover long distances. What they really do love is swimming. Their double coat is waterproof and they even have webbed feet.

Newfoundlands As Rescue Dogs

Newfoundlander are great rescue dogs. They quickly recognize if a person is in need and come immediately to the rescue. There are even reports of Newfoundlands who rescued drowning people without having been trained for this prior. Is seems to be a natural instinct for them.

The Newfoundland dog "Jack the Black vom Muehlrad" by Hans-Joachim Brueckmann has set a record: "Fastest time for a dog to retrieve a person from water (25 m)" in 2013 at Kaarster See (Northrine-Westphalia, Germany). It took him only 1 minute and 36.812 seconds.

Newfoundland Newfoundland - Photo: Pandas/Shutterstock

Newfoundland Appearance

Newfoundlanders have a long, soft, cuddly coat. They are either black, white-black or brown.

Newfoundland Health and Care

The Newfoundlands' coat should be brushed two or three times a week. Bathing is a real challenge, because it is such a large dog with so much fur. Usually it is sufficient to bath it every one to two months.

Newfoundland Newfoundland - Photo: Liliya Kulianionak/Shutterstock

Newfoundland History and Origin

Newfoundlanders used to help pull fishing nets out of the water. They have also been hauling small carts loaded with wood. They originate in the island of Newfoundland (Canadian East Coast). By the way, the Labrador Retriever comes from the same country, in the Canadian peninsula Labrador.

Newfoundlands are said to be a cross between the Tibetan mastiff of the Himalayas (mountain range in India) and the black wolf of North America. According to another theory, the Vikings left dogs in Canada, which then paired with wolves. Perhaps they are also a cross between Portuguese Water Dog, the European Mastiff and the Pyrenean Sheep Dog (the Pyrenees is a range of mountains between Spain and France).

Where Does the Name Come From?

That's an easy one: The dogs' name comes from the island of Newfoundland in Canada.

Did You Know?

When you look at a Newfoundlander swimming it is not doing the normal „doggie paddle“. It does more of a breasttroke.

Comparable Breeds

Newfoundland Newfoundland - Photo: Utekhina Anna/Shutterstock

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