Newfoundland Breed Summary
Sweet, Affectionate, Intelligent, and Gentle
Though large in size, these guys are just gentle giants at heart and are well-known for their sweet, gentle and kind nature. Because of this, they make an excellent choice for families as they get along so well with children!
As they were originally bred to work outdoors, they have really full, thick and dense coats to help keep them warm and shelter them from the harsh environment. Nowadays, they much prefer sleeping by the fire and so long as they have a large garden to run around in, they are very happy.
Fun Fact: They are often referred to as nanny dogs as they get along so well with children of every age!
|Kennel Club Group||Working|
|Lifespan||8 - 10 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 66cm - 71cm|
|Weight||Males and Females 54kg - 68 kg|
|Coat||Double, Flat Coat. It is Both Dense and Coarse to the Touch|
|Colour||Black, Black & White, Brown, Brown & White, Grey, Landseer, White & Black|
|Eye colour||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Cystinuria, Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS), Ciliary Dyskinesia, Eye issues|
|Other Names||Newf, Newfie|
Many who may be unfamiliar with this breed, may be scared by their sheer size, but fear not! These dogs are actually some of the gentlest and most sweet-natured dogs you can get! If you don’t believe us, just watch Peter Pan. The dog in this film is a Newfoundland and is essentially the children’s nanny, affectionately referred to as ‘NaNa’. This reference is no coincidence, as these dogs are one of the best breeds to have with children. They will never bite or act out and are actually just big old softies! They are also extremely protective over their families however, if you enjoy having a clean and tidy house, this may not be the breed for you. They will often dribble, and their heavy coats are known to hold dirt and mud, which will eventually end up all over your home! One advantage to this breed is that they don’t require huge amounts of exercise, a brisk daily walk will do as they much prefer being lazy and sleeping on the sofa!
The Newfoundland originates from, yeah you guessed it, Newfoundland! Although much of their coming-about is unknown, it’s mainly thought that they are distantly related to a Mastiff-type dog. The earliest records we have of this dog is in the late 18th century when an Englishman named Joseph Banks acquired several of them. In 1775, George Cartwright then officially named them. The breed was relatively unknown and nearly extinct by the 1780s, mainly due to Canadian families being taxed for owning dogs. It wasn’t until the late 1880’s that the governor of Newfoundland made these dogs the breed of his choice, where they then began to soar in popularity! They were mainly used as working dogs and often dragged nets for fishermen and heaved wood from forests, due to their huge sizes and strong bodies. Nowadays, they make great lifeguard and rescue dogs and are able to retrieve all manner of things from the water, including ‘hoomans’!