Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Dog At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Molossoid); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)


Giant. Weight: Males 130–152 lbs; Females 100–120 lbs Height: Males 28 inches; Females 26 inches


Thick and heavy.


Black, Brown, White with Black Markings; Also Gray; Only Black; White markings permissible

Life Span:

10 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Newfoundland dogs make amazing lifeguards!

Newfoundland Dog Overview

Also known as the “Newfie”,  this dog breed has a long history. He is most likely a combination of several water dogs bred with native Canadian dogs at ports and other water-based locations. The breed then split into two, the Lesser St. John’s Dog (Or Labrador Retriever) and the Greater St. John’s Dog (or Newfoundland). The Newfie assisted fishermen with various tasks, towing lines and bringing in nets.


Newfoundland Dog Characteristics

The thick water resistant coat of the Newfie is vital to their work in the water. It helps protect them both in frigid water as well as colder climates. They are sweet and gentle giants that are eager to work with humans. Today, many Newfies are trainer in search and rescue, especially water-based rescues.


Newfoundland Dog Temperament

The Newfie is a loving and gentle giant who gets along well with everyone. He is usually calm, but can have a playful and activestreak and loves activity. The dog breed gets along well with everyone including children and other pets.

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Newfoundland Dog Care

They live on average 10 years, typical for giant and large sized dogs. Several health concerns include bladder stones, hip and elbow dysplasia and subaortic stenosis. Their large size also makes them prone to bloat, or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus.



Newfoundland Dog Coat

The thick coat of the Newfoundland dog should be brushed often to keep it looking good and prevent mats. They may also benefit from occasional visits to the grooming salon to keep the coat clean and healthy. They are also prone to drooling and ear infections so their ears and mouths should be regularly checked.


Newfoundland Dog Training

Newfies are trusting of their owners and will easily pick up tasks with reward based training. They are versatile in many jobs including search and rescue and as service animals. They are happy with any task set to them.


Newfoundland Dog Activity

Too much exercise can stress the large joints of the Newfie. However, water based exercises or other low impact activities are great for releasing energy and keeping him in shape. They will be happy with any task.

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