used the Newf to pull sleds, hunt, and guard.
A massive dog, the
Newfoundland stands 28 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 150 lbs.
His thick double coat is fairly long, water-resistant and oily. It
may be black with some white markings or black and white. The undercoat is
shed twice per year.
The Newf adapted to island life by developing an oily
coat that allows him to stay in very cold water for long periods of time.
His webbed feet help him in his most famous role, a water rescue dog.
"gentle giant" is exceptionally good natured and patient. A
docile, loving companion, the Newf is a real couch potato who loves to
loaf around when he isn't doing his favourite thing....swimming!
Easy-going, friendly, devoted, and protective, this dog is good with
children and other pets.
Due to his size, the
Newfoundland needs lots of room. A larger home with a good amount of
fenced property attached is ideal. He also needs regular but moderate exercise to
combat that tendency to loaf! The Newf is unsuited to hotter climates. He
should ideally have the opportunity to swim regularly.