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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. 

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 

Key Facts

Lifespan: 8 - 10 years
Weight:  50 - 69kg 
Height:  66 – 71cm 
Colours:  Black, brown or white and black.
Size:  Giant
UK Kennel Club Groups: Working


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 2/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 2/5
Grooming needs: 5/5
Shedding: 5/5
Newfoundland is standing in the forest


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. 

Brown Newfoundland puppy  is watching forward

History and Origins

Country of Origin - Canada 

The history of the Newfoundland goes back to the 18th century, and they were very probably a mixture of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog types brought to Newfoundland by European fisherman, and the local Eskimo Dogs who were perfectly suited to the punishing climate. While these dogs were originally bred to be beasts of burden and pull carts, it quickly became clear that they were also excellent water dogs, and so their oily coat and webbed feet were encouraged by selective breeding.  

It was discovered that in emergencies, they would happily plunge into icy water to rescue people who were in danger of drowning as well as working in the water to pull in fishermen’s nets. One dog was even presented with a medal for bravery in 1919, when he helped to rescue 92 people from a ship that had sunk just off the Newfoundland coast. 

Much later they became popular as companions thanks to their outstanding temperaments. 

Did you know?

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.