Description

Illustration of Newfoundland

This gentle giant of a dog takes his name from Northeast Canada where he was developed. If any dog deserves the working dog label it is the Newfoundland. His versatility has served man well: trawling fishermen's carts; pulling logs from the forest for lumberjacks; hauling in fishermen's nets; jumping from boats to retrieve lost equipment; and in more recent times, jumping out of low flying planes and helicopters to rescue swimmers in distress.

It is thought that the breed was not indigenous to Newfoundland but the ancestors of the breed arrived there with fishermen from Europe. They were selectively bred for barrel ribs, oily waterproof coat and webbed feet to aid them in their water work. Nowadays the Newfoundland is very popular as a gentle, patient and loyal family companion.

Breed Group
Working
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Large
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Under 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.


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