COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Originally a fisherman’s dog, now a family pet.
shoulder-height is about 71cm (28 in) for dogs and about 66cm (26 in) for
bitches. Their weight is 50
– 69kg (110 – 152 lb).
Newfoundland has a water resistant, double, medium-length, greasy and
dense coat. Permitted colors
are brown or black, with some white on the chest, toes and tip of the
tail. Black and white
Newfoundlanders exist, but are seldom seen.
CARE REQUIRED: Brush and comb this breed regularly with special attention to the
hindquarters and other areas where tangles quickly form. Trim any excess hair growth between the pads of the feet.
CHARACTER: Good humored, sociable, gentle, straight-forward, affectionate, and
tractable, this breed is friendly with people and animals, loves to swim,
is not particularly vigilant yet protects its family if it should become
necessary. The Newfoundland
rarely barks, is self-assured, and has an equable nature.
TRAINING: Training must be conducted in a calm and balanced manner. These dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice.
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR: The Newfoundland is a through and through household companion. Any dog, other animal, child, or visitor who has no evil intentions
will receive a friendly welcome.
EXERCISE: Avoid all exhausting day-long hikes until the dog is fully grown. Newfoundlands usually love to swim and this is an ideal form of
exercise for them. The thick
coat protects them against cold and rain so that they can happily be kept
out of doors.