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The "Newfie"

"The Newfoundland is a sweet-dispositioned dog that acts neither dull nor ill-tempered. He is a devoted companion. A multipurpose dog, at home on land and in water, the Newfoundland is capable of draft work and possesses natural lifesaving abilities. The Newfoundland is a large, heavily coated, well balanced dog that is deep-bodied, heavily boned, muscular, and strong. A good specimen of the breed has dignity and proud head carriage. " - as written in the Newfoundland breed standard.

Terry Schiefer and Houston. Photo credit
Newfoundlands Pulling a Cart

The Newfoundland is a working dog.  The breed originated in Newfoundland, Canada aiding the fisherman by pulling nets, carting fish to markets, pulling heavy equipment and often being used as a lifesaver of people in the water.  The Newfoundland is a dog of courage, loyalty and devotion.  They can be found today in many working venues. The Newf (or Newfie), as they're often called, excels in water rescue, drafting, obedience, agility and therapy work.  The Newfoundland is a versatile breed. 


Often referred to as "gentle giants", their sweet nature and wonderful disposition makes them excellent family pets! However, this giant breed comes with a lot of drool and even more fur.  Be mindful of your acceptable level of cleanliness before you get your heart set on owning this breed.

Quick Tips
  • Newfoundlands are a giant breed. This means they get over 100lbs easily.

  • Do you hate drool? A newfie will not be the dog for you then. They're known to get drool on the ceiling with one shake of the head!

  • There is no such thing as a dry mouth Newfoundland.

  • Newfies want to be your best friend! They're always by your side.

  • The breed is highly intelligent and easy to train.

  • Daily brushing are a must! Their fur can get knotted easily without care.

  • These dogs are house dogs. They're not meant to be away from their people for long.

  • Their large size can lead to obesity quite quickly. Monitor your dogs weight to avoid health issues!

  • Click here to see what health issues affect this breed.

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