in history

J. M. Barrie's "Luath"
Viking Illustration of a black beardog Nana was a Newfoundland featured by author J. M. Barrie in his evergreen childrens classic "Peter Pan"
Newfoundland Dog c.1790

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Meet The Breed

The Newfoundland is a giant breed dog, with males averaging 28 inches in height and weighing 120-150 pounds. Females average 26 inches in height and weigh 100-120 pounds. They are built powerfully, with webbed feet and a double coat which make them excellent swimmers. Because of this double coat, they shed a lot and require daily grooming. Twice a year they 'blow their coat' which means they shed even more. A lint roller in the house will be put to good use! They are what is known as 'wet mouthed' particularly after eating and drinking. If you decide to own a Newfie, you will have slobber on you, your furniture, your walls and even your ceiling! There are four colors of Newfs recognized in the United States: black, brown, black and white (Landseer) and grey. This doesn't mean you will not see other colors such as brown and white or gray and white.

The Newfoundland possesses a mild, sweet temperament which gives them the nickname of Gentle Giant. They are brave, trustworthy, loyal and very intelligent. They are good with children and other dogs, but they do not always realize their own size. Their wagging tails can knock over a small child and their playful paws can hurt without meaning to. Training is a must due to their size, and they respond well to a calm, yet firm voice. Start this training as early as possible so when you go for a walk, they are not walking you!

Newfoundland owners should be aware of the higher costs associated with this breed. Veterinarian bills in general will be more just due to the size of the dog. Newfies can also be prone to orthopedic problems of the hips, elbows and knees, as well as congenital heart problems, urinary tract infections, various eye problems and allergies. All of which can be an added financial burden. Responsible breeders test their breeding stock prior to breeding in order to reduce the chances of some of these conditions. Researching a qualified breeder is highly recommended before purchasing a puppy.


The history of the Newfoundland Dog is buried in the mists of time. The breed as we know it today originated from dogs brought from the island of Newfoundland to England in the early 1800's.

There are many theories as to the origin of the breed the three most popular are;

  • Viking Illustration of a black beardog
    Viking illustration of a dog
    They developed from the black 'bear' dogs transported to Newfoundland and the Americas by Vikings around 1000 A.D. - research done from the 1950's onwards uncovered a Viking settlement on the northern tip of Newfoundland at L'Anse aux Meadows and skeletons of large dogs.
  • They evolved from the American Black Wolf or from other native dogs.
  • They developed from the inter-breeding of European dogs brought to Newfoundland in the 15th and 16th century by explorers.

If you want more information about the Newfoundland, feel free to join us at any of our events, where you will be able to see this dog up close and ask all the questions you want. Also take a look at the links below.

Newfoundland Club of America
American Kennel Club

Local Breeders

Beach Bear Newfoundlands
Southern Comfort Newfoundlands