Newsletter Signup
Choosing & Caring for a Dog
Kids & Dogs
Great Dogs
Contact Us
Your Breed "Enjoy the great DigitalDog QuickTip courtesy of DigitalDog and"


The Newfoundland breed profile is sponsored by visit PetWear to custom design your Newfie's next designer dog collar, leash or more and then let PetWear hand make it and then ship for free!

If any breed deserves the title "Gentle Giant" it is the Newfoundland.  And yet, that expression falls short in describing the depth of character and devotion that the Newfie brings to his/her task.  Whether recognized as the nanny dog of old England (and immortalized as such in Peter Pan) or the powerful swimmer commended with many sea rescue and skills, the Newfoundland is graced with a nature befitting its regal and impressive appearance.  The only disadvantage in loving such a dog is that their time with us is far too short.

By Breed Name
By Breed Name
General Information
Group(s): WorkingGuardianWater Height: 26-28 inches
Weight: 100-150 pounds Longevity: not usually past 10
Colors: black, brown, gray, white and black Coat type: double- undercoat is soft and dense, outercoat is coarse, long and varies from straight to slightly wavy
Recognized Registries: AKC, UKC, NCA, FCI and others
Overall Appearance: A proud, dignified large dog of Mastiff type with large head, good balance and heavy coat.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: quiet to moderate
General Nature: genial with most
  with Children: exceptional if raised with them
  with other pets: generally very good if socialized
  with dogs: exceptional if raised/socialized with them
Socialization requirements: moderate to develop a dog of exceptional nature and steadiness
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the responsibility that comes with a dog of over 100 pounds, heavy flews and heavily coated. While generally quiet, the Newfie that lacks proper handling as a young dog can range from being difficult to a menace.
Temperament Notes: Delight to work with for those who appreciate a steady focus if not a speedy response. The best examples of this breed are still recognizable as the beloved
Training requirement: Moderate. Like any heavily coated dog, they must accept handling for grooming and other aspects of care. Like any large dog, they must be responsive and agreeable or they are unmanageable. Beyond that, the Newfoundland is well suited for purposes.
Trainer notes: Given a broad breadth of experience and a handler that trusts and respects them, the Newfoundland can reach potentials often unexpected.  Whether as a trusted guide with the children or a companion on treacherous paths, or a salvation to a difficult water situation, the Newfoundland has proven stalwart and charming.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: some references in the 18th century but the 19th century is when they were primarily developed
Country of Origin: possibly Newfoundland
Original Function: guardian, water dog
History: Conflicting stories but definitely an ancestor (or shares a common ancestor) with the St. Bernard, Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Labrador.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: cataracts, OCD, subaortic stenosis, hypothroidism, cruciate ligament weakness, heart disease, panosteitis, vWD, seizuring, hip and elbow dysplasia
Health Testing: CERF, OFA or Penn Hip, vWD test, thyroid panel,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Newfies?
  • How do you select your breeding stock?
  • What would you consider a good Newfie temperament?
  • What standard do you select for your breeding stock from a health and performance (titles) point of view?
  • What are your primary goals/focus in your breeding program?
  • Will you be keeping a puppy from this litter?
  • Do you show in conformation or performance events?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What suggestions do you have for proper puppy rearing and socializing?
  • How often do you breed your females?
  • Should a puppy buyer be unable to keep their dog, would you expect that it would be returned to you?
  • Are you active in Newfie rescue?
Web Sites: - website for the Newfoundland Club of America Rescue Puppy Information for the Newfoundland Fancier Lord Byron's dedication on the memorial of his Newfoundland

Other Resources
Breed standard: - Standard for the Newfoundland by the Newfoundland Club of America Newfoundland Illustrated Guide

Breeder Ethics: Brochure on importance of health screening in Newfs (but the point is valid for all breeds) Breeder Ethics from the Newfoundland Club of America

Customize Site
Enter Dog's Name:


About Us | Contact Us | Advertising Opportunities | Privacy Policy

© 2004
All rights reserved