The Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland dog is a web-footed friend with life-saving instincts. He originated in the island bearing his name, but his ancestry is still uncertain. Did he descend from mating the indigenous dogs to the Viking Bear dogs brought by the Vikings, and or the Great Pyrenees brought by Basque fishermen?

The Newfoundland dog
The Newfoundland dog

Taken to England in the 19th century, the Newfoundland dog became a popular status symbol. The traditional color is black, but there, the Landseer dog, a white and black variety was developed, named after Sir Edwin Landseer who featured the variety in his famous painting, “A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society”.

Many thousands of people are alive today because they, or their ancestors were saved from drowning by these very intelligent, massive, web footed, strong swimming, powerful, but gentle giants with the instinct to life-save.

The Newfie is a devoted companion and family dog with a very sweet temperament. He has a particular liking for children and because of his size and strength, can tolerate a lot of rough play. He prefers cooler weather, the outdoors and country living. A Newfoundland puppy is a good choice for a family with children.

Dog Height: 28 in. (71 cm) on average
Dog Weight: 130 – 150 lb. (59 – 68 kg) range
Bitch Height: 26 in. (66 cm) on average
Bitch Weight: 100 – 120 lb. (45 – 55 kg) range
Affection Level: Very affectionate
Other Pets: Very friendly
Watchdog: Good
Protection: Very good
Cold & Heat Tolerance: Excellent & Low
Life Expectancy: 8 – 10 years