The Newfoundland was originally used as a fishing dog to help haul in nets and to haul carts on land. They also protected the farm and were very loyal to their owners. It is believe they were originated by crossing the Labrador Retriever with the Great Pyrenees and Tibetan Mastiffs. They have the Labrador’s excellent swimming instincts. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1886 and grouped as Working.
- Country of Origin: Canada
- Weight: 100 - 150 lbs
- Height: 25 - 29 inches
- Color: The coat colors of this breed are Black, Landseer (Black & White), Brown and Gray.
The Newfoundland breed is docile, loving, gentle & intelligent. They love their family members and will do anything to protect them. They are friendly, laid back and good with children which makes them a wonderful family dog.
The life expectancy is 10 years. Some health concerns that this breed may encounter are:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Elbow Dysplasia
The Newfoundland has a dense double coat which is very thick. The outer coat is long and straight or slightly wavy.
The Newfoundland requires daily brushing with a wire brush. Their hair mats easily so daily brushing will help to maintain a beautiful coat.