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August 10, 2022

A Newfoundland is a large, black, working dog originally bred to assist fishers in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

The breed originated in Canada, so the name is from its original development area. European settlers brought it over with them, and some are now in Australia. It's believed that the breed may have come about as a combination of mastiff-type breeds and native water dogs.

Facts about Newfoundlands:

  • Newfies have partially webbed feet, which means they are excellent swimmers. They also make great rescue water dogs.
  • Newfoundland puppies eat A LOT. In fact, they often gain 100 pounds before they have their first birthday.
  • Adult Newfies weigh between 100-150 pounds.
  • They need regular brushing because they shed all year long.
  • They are playful and friendly with everyone but not aggressive.
  • Newfoundlands are neutered animals but can go through heat cycles like dogs.
  • A Newfoundland's temperament is a combination of protective, playful, and social.
  • Emily Dickinson, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Lord Byron all owned Newfoundlands. Other Newfie owners include Lewis and Clark and Ulysses S. Grant.
  • A Newfie makes an appearance as Nana in J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, owned a Newfoundland. It was the inspiration for the character Nana in his play. Disney has since modeled Nana after a Saint Bernard.
  • Newfoundlands are closely related to Labradors and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.


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