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 nannydogs 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 26in - 28in|
|Weight||Males 130lb - 150lb Females 100lb - 120lb|
|Coat||Double, Flat Coat. It is Both Dense and Coarse to the Touch|
|Color||Black, Black & White, Brown, Brown & White, Grey, Landseer, White & Black|
|Eye color||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 doggies 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!