BBS Breed Spotlight: Newfoundland

New-fun-land. Newf-in-land. New-found-land. No matter how you say it, the Newfoundland is a sizable sweetie with a penchant for lazing about and loving his family. highlights this beautiful beast of a dog in our Breed Spotlight! Read on to find out some very interesting facts about the Newfoundland!

History & Background: The exact history of this dog is a bit fuzzy and speculation about the pedigree of the Newfoundland is very wide and ranging. Some say the Newfie has ties to Great Pyrenees while others say mastiffs and yet others say the Labrador. The most interesting story says this dog is the descendant of the Viking “bear dogs.”  What is known is that the Newfoundland hails from the island of the same name off the Canadian coast. First called the St. John’s Dog, after the city in Newfoundland where the Newfie was a working dog being used by fishermen. This dog had a heavy coat for icy waters, a large build for hauling carts and large, webbed feet for swimming. This dog also was a savior to many at danger in the water. Accounts of Newfoundlands saving shipwrecked sailors or children in too deep of water are also a part of the legend of this breed. At one point, Newfoundlands were taken to England and widely bred. Most modern Newfies have forebearers born in England.

It can be seen throughout history that Newfoundlands have been noble and loyal companions by the owners who’ve kept them. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Robert F. Kennedy all owned Newfies. Seaman, a Newfoundland, was the companion of Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark expeditions. Famous Newfoundlands were produced out of imaginations as well and can be seen in literature as Nana, the “nurse” dog of children in Peter Pan as well as many other fictional characters.

Height: Males: 27 – 29 inches; Females: 25 – 27 inches

Weight: Males: 130 – 150 pounds; Females: 100 – 120 pounds

Coat: This breed has a thick, water resistant double coat with a coarse outer coat and a soft and dense undercoat. Hair on the face is short and the Newfie’s legs are feathered down the back. This dog’s tail is covered in dense hair as well.

Color: Different clubs have different recognized colors for Newfoundlands, but these dogs can black, brown, gray and Landseer, which is a white dog with black markings.

Appearance: Needless to say, Newfoundlands are huge dogs. This dog is strong and heavy boned but well proportioned. A Newfie’s head is broad and the neck and back are sturdy. The features of this dog’s face include small, dark eyes, triangular, folded ears, and a short, broad muzzle. Newfie’s usually have black noses with exception of brown noses on bronze colored dogs. The overall expression of a Newfoundland is soft and sweet, which directly relates to this dog’s character.

Temperament: A Newfie’s personality is summed up in one word: sweetness. A gentle giant that is best known for its calm and peaceful nature, Newfoundlands are fantastic with children. This breed is also patient and obedient to its owner as well as highly loyal and trusting.

Health & Grooming: Newfoundlands are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bladder stones and heart defects. Newfies aren’t overly energetic dogs, but they do need to be taken on a daily walk  and they love to swim.

Daily or weekly brushing is the best way to keep the Newfie’s thick, double coat in the best condition. The undercoat usually sheds twice a year, in spring and fall, and the coat may need more care at these times. Because this dog has natural oils present in its coat, bathing should be kept to a minimum. Using dry shampoo every so often is a better solution.

Product Suggestions: A hefty dog deserves a hefty treat, which is why is suggesting the Kangaroo Leg Bone for the Newfoundland! This bone can weigh up to 3 pounds and, of course, is 100% all natural and tasty!

Newfies love a good game of fetch, so toss the Planet Dog RecycleBall! RecycleBALLS® are made from “regrind” – 100% 1st quality Orbee-Tuff® material that would otherwise be discarded. Buoyant, non-toxic, recyclable and rinses clean. Made in the U.S.A. and 100% guaranteed.

Do you own or know a Newfoundland? Tell us your favorite Newfie story in the comments section!


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