Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland dog is a working dog, also called Newf or Newfie. It is a large, normally black breed of dog. This breed originated in Newfoundland. These are large gentle dogs. Historically this dog has excelled at water rescues, likely due to their webbed feet.

Stats:Weight: 100-150 lbs (45-70kg)
Height: 26-28 inches (66-71cm)
Coat: Thick and straight
Color: Black, brown, or black and white patches (Landseer)
Litter size: 8-10 pups
Life span: 8-10 years


These are large dogs. The largest recorded was 260 pounds. The have webbed feet and a water-resistant coat. They can come in many different colors; black, brown, gray, and landseer. Landseer was an artist who featured these dogs in many of his paintings. Some associations consider Landseer dogs to be a different breed.


Newfoundland dogs are often referred to as gentle giants. These dogs are very easy to train, and make great guardians and watchdogs. They are good with children and other pets.


Like other large breeds, they have a shorter life span in general. They are also prone to arthritis, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. The Newfoundland is also prone to several genetic problems, like subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS). This is a heart defect that is common in this breed, which can result in sudden death at any age.

Exercise: Walk daily in cooler weather.


There have been many reports of this dog rescuing dozens of people from drowning.

Grooming: Due to their long hair coat, they should be brushed once a week.

Group: AKC working

Overall: Great dog if you have a large back yard