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The Newfoundland dog is best described as being a gentle giant. They are large and heavy in both bone and coat. As puppies they look like a cuddly teddy bear but this stage does not last long as they grow very quickly. 

8 - 10 years
50 - 69kg
66 – 71cm
Black, brown or white and black.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Giant dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed may encounter health problems

The Newfoundland breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia 
- Gastric dilatation volvulus 
- Panosteitis 
- Cystinuria which is where a substance called cystine builds up in the urinary tract and can lead to the formation of bladder stones. 
- Osteosarcomas which are a serious type of bone cancer.
- Entropion and/or ectropion which are painful conditions where the eyelids turn inwards or outwards, this happens as a result of excessive skin around the eyes.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy which is a condition where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- DNA test for cystinuria which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition,.
- Elbow dysplasia screening scheme 


Newfoundlands have the most delightful temperaments being gentle, docile, patient, friendly and devoted. They love everyone and so make wonderful family dogs - although they can easily over-heat in a centrally heated home and they do drool. 

Did you know?

The reputation of the Newfoundland as being the perfect dog with children was immortalised by J M Barrie in his book Peter Pan where the childrens’ nanny was a Newfoundland called Nana. 

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