Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Newfs like using their big, powerful bodies—they need some room to romp
Nicknames: Newfie; Newf
Meet the Newfoundland
We’re looking at a strikingly large, powerful dog of heavy bone and dignified bearing. An adult male can weigh up to 150 pounds and stand 28 inches at the shoulder. Females typically weigh in at 100 to 120 pounds. The Newf head is majestic, the expression soft and soulful. The outer coat is flat and coarse. Colors are gray, brown, and black—and a sporty black-and-white coat named for Victorian artist Sir Edwin Landseer, who immortalized the look in his popular paintings.
What's Their Story?
Canadian fisherman long relied on Newfoundlands as peerless shipboard working dogs with a knack for dramatic water rescues. Newfs are born swimmers, complete with webbed feet, and strong enough to save a grown man from drowning. Their prowess as rescuers is the stuff of legend: What the Saint Bernard is to the Alps, the Newfoundland is to the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Newfs also earned their keep by hauling fishing nets to shore and carting the day’s catch to market.
The Newfie’s U.S. breed standard says, “Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland; this is the most important single characteristic of the breed.” The innate goodness of Newfs is best expressed in their affinity for kids—they take naturally to the role of nanny dog. Trusting and trainable, Newfs respond well to gentle guidance. These galumphing giants are among the world’s biggest dogs, and acquiring a pet that weighs more than many adult humans comes with obvious challenges.