The Newfoundland, also called the Newf, or Newfie, is an enormous, bear-like dog with a thick, double coat. The head is large and broad with a slightly domed skull. The muzzle is also broad. The eyes are somewhat small, dark brown, and wide set. The body is rectangular and heavy boned. The feet are webbed. The weatherproof coat can be black, brown, gray, and Landseer (white dog with black markings.) The Landseer coloring is considered a different breed in some countries. They tend to move slowly.
The Newfoundland originated in Newfoundland, an island off the coast of Eastern Canada. There is much discussion about possible contributing breeds, but this gentle giant found a definite niche in working with the coastal fishermen. He was used for hauling nets, swimming boat lines to shore, retrieving items that had fallen overboard, and rescuing drowning and shipwrecked victims. They also were employed to haul lumber and other loads.
The Newfoundland is a friendly, cheerful, even-tempered dog that is excellent with children. They are sweet and courageous. They are accepting of visitors but will not hesitate to guard their family from someone with ill intent. They are more likely to corner an offender than bite. They are devoted and trustworthy.
Breed Club Links: Newfoundland Club of America
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