Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear
The Newfoundland is a large, heavy-boned, powerful dog that is strong enough to pull a drowning man from rough seas and imposing enough to make an effective guard dog. It is slightly longer than it is tall. Its gait gives the impression of effortless power, with good reach and drive. Its double coat consists of a soft, dense undercoat and a coarse, moderately long and straight outer coat. Its soft expression reflects its benevolent and dignified temperament.
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. It typically has a deep bark, and is easy to train if started young. 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. The breed was memorialized in "Nana", the beloved guardian dog in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. The Newfoundland in general is good with other animals, but its size can cause problems if it is not trained.
|Size||Large to Giant|
|Height||Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm)Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)|
|Weight||Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg)Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)|
|Colors||Black Brown Gray White & Black|
|Origin||United Kingdom Canada|
|Good In Apartments||
Will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard is sufficient. Newfies prefer colder climates and do not do well in the heat. Make sure there is always cool water and a shaded place for them to lie.
|Good With Children||
Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and very friendly toward strangers.
|Good With Dogs||
|Good With Cats||
This gentle giant is quite content to laze around the house, but still needs to be taken on a daily walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. It will enjoy frequent opportunities to swim and frolic.
Moderately Easy Training: The Newfoundland is very sensitive to the tone of its trainer’s voice. Training must be calm and consistent; overly harsh methods are unlikely to prove successful.
High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.
Constant and Seasonal Shedding: Newfies shed, and regular brushing will help reduce the amount of hair floating around your house. Twice a year, in spring and fall, they shed heavily, called “blowing coat.” Plan to spend additional time brushing to keep all the hair under control.