The Newfoundland is a large working breed that loves the water. They have a loyal and sweet temperament.
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Finding a Newfoundland
- Large, powerful build
- Large feet with webbed toes; powerful hind legs
- Broad head and muzzle
- Small, dark brown eyes
- Small ears hang down
- Long tail is carried low when relaxed
- Coat: Coarse outer coat, soft undercoat comes in solid black, brown, gray or black and white
- Height: 26-28 inches
- Weight: 100-150 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-11 years
- Gentle, courageous, intelligent, patient, loyal, trustworthy, people-oriented
- Interaction with people: Good with children
- Interaction with animals: Friendly to other animals
- Protection: Protective of family
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Does best in rural settings
- Sensitive to heat
- Needs daily walks; loves to swim
- Significant appetite
- Undercoat sheds twice a year
- Brush with hard-bristled brush weekly
- The breed assisted in the Lewis and Clark expedition
- Loves water and is known for trying to save swimmers whether they need rescuing or not
- Featured as the children’s dog in "Peter Pan"
- Native to Canada
- Helped fisherman with heavy nets in Newfoundland
- Assisted in water rescue
- Received a gold meal in 1919 for saving a lifeboat of 20 people