BaxterBoo Blog
May 16, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Newfoundland

main image

Overview:

  • Height: 25"- 29”
  • Weight: 100-150 pounds
  • Historical function: Water rescue, fish net retrieval.
  • Modern function: Companion
  • AKC classification: Working

Physical Characteristics:

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.

History of the Breed:

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.

Temperament:

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.

  • Best suited for: Any family that needs a nursemaid and doesn't mind a bit of  drool and a lot of hair. Can actually do okay in an apartment as they tend to be fairly inactive.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog does best in cooler climates. Loves to swim.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: This thick coat requires daily brushing. Bathe rarely to keep from stripping the water-resistant oils. Dry shampoo is a good option. Sheds heavily, especially in the spring.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk even if the dog looks content just being lazy.
  • Life expectancy: Average of 10 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to obesity and heart disease. Also prone to hip dysplasia.

Breed Club Links: Newfoundland Club of America

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Guardian Gear Splash About Dog Pool.

Have any stories about a Newfoundland? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Jim Danvers.

What do you think?

Name:
You are not logged in.
This entry was posted by Mary.

Recent Articles

article image

September 20, 2017

Helping Your New Dog or Cat Become Best Friends With Your Existing Pet

Pet lovers often want to fill their house with sweet, adorable animals that make them happy and introduces more loved ones into the family dynamic. However, even if your significant other or your kids adapt well to the new change, putting different s


article image

September 19, 2017

Tips to Prepare for a Pet Sitter or to Leave Your Pet with One

So, you’re off on a grand vacation or need to take a trip. Alas, that means saying goodbye temporarily to your pets. You’ll miss them, but with the right pet sitter, they can have a lot of fun. To ensure the chances of that happening, pre


article image

September 18, 2017

Cats Hate Water and Other Common Cat Myths

Everyone has probably heard a cat myth at one point or another. There are plenty of common ones, including, “Cats always land on their feet” or “Cats cannot be trained.” While myths are often based on a little bit of truth, ma


Subscribe to

Baxter's Backyard!

Sign Up For Our Newsletter!

Site & Contents © BaxterBoo.com®. BaxterBoo is located in the United States.

Transaction Processing
Baxter Boo is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Pet Supplies & Foods - Retail in Centennial CO