The Newfoundland ('Newfs' or 'Newfies') is a large working dog. Newfoundlands can be black, brown, grey or white and black (called Landseer). However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are either black or Landseer. The droopy lips and jowls make the dog drool.
They have webbed feet and a water-resistant coat. Males normally weigh 60–70 kg (130–150 lb), and females 45–55 kg (99–121 lb), placing them in the "Giant" weight range; but some Newfoundland dogs have been known to weigh over 90 kg (200 lb). They may grow up to 56–76 cm (22–30 in) tall at the shoulder.
The Water-Loving Pooch
Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities.
The Newfoundland's extremely large bones give it mass, while its large musculature gives it the power it needs to take on rough ocean waves and powerful tides. These dogs have great lung capacity for swimming extremely long distances, and a thick, oily and waterproof double coat which protects them from the chill of icy waters. In the water, the dog's massive webbed paws give it maximum propulsion.
One of the Nicest Dogs Ever
The Newfoundland dog is known for its calm and docile nature and its strength. They are highly loyal and make ideal working dogs. It is for this reason that
this breed is known as "the gentle giant". International kennel clubs generally describe the breed as having a sweet temper. (Photo credit: Putneypics via Foter.com)
They are wonderfully good with children, but small children can get accidentally leaned on and knocked down. Newfoundlands are ideal companions in the world of therapy and are often referred to as the nanny dog.
A Working Dog
They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in the Dominion of Newfoundland (which is now part of Canada).They are known for their
giant size, intelligence, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty.
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