Project Description


  • Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs

  • Scientific Name: Canis lupus familiaris

  • Recommended for: Families

  • Maintenance Level: Medium

  • Life Span: 8-10 years

  • Height: 69 to 74cm

  • Weight: 65 to 69kgs

  • Temperament: Trainable, Sweet-Tempered, Gentle

  • HypoallergenicNo

  • Colors: Black, Black & White, Brown, Grey

General Health
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Newfoundland Breed Overview 

The Newfoundland is a giant, muscular and strong dog that is equipped with double coat filled with fur. Their origins are in Canada as companions to fisherman and working dogs. They are great dogs because of even-temper and stoic personality, and amazing swimming capabilities.

They are related to mastiff dogs such as St. Bernard and English Mastiff, and they share some physical characteristics such as strong muscular body, thick bones, and big heads. This particular breed came from the island of Newfoundland, and it is believed that mastiff characteristics were gained after mating them with dogs of Portuguese fisherman.

They are known for docile temperament, but still, they are very strong and large animals. In the same time, they have a great reputation with children, but because of weight and size, they can accidentally hurt them so you have to supervise them closely.

The Newfoundland can reach up to 74 cm in height and weight of 69 kg in weight.

Their life expectancy is approximately 10 years.

  • Suitability for Children – High
  • Tendency to Bark – Low
  • Energy – Medium
  • Suitability as a Guard Dog – Low
  • Grooming Requirements –  More than Once a Week
  • Trimming Required – Occassional
  • Amount of hair shed –  Moderate
  • Food Cost –  More than $20
  • Average Monthly Pet insurance Premium – $97
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Origins of Newfoundland

The Newfoundland originated from Canada and descended from St. John Dog, but they have also mastiff characteristics because of mating with dogs of Portuguese fisherman. They are a great swimmer, and that is why they were employed in order to haul fishing nets and to rescue drowning people.

Newfoundland Temperament

They are known for lethargic and relaxed behaviour. They can also be even tempered and docile, but still, they have lots of energy and strength. When that is needed, they can easily show lots of endurance.
Newfoundland is a great breed for children, strangers and has amazing patience with younger kids and animals. They are also very intelligent dogs, and they can assess a danger and act accordingly.

Common Newfoundland Conditions and Diseases

Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament – Most large dogs can get this particular injury that could result in lameness. The treatment includes limiting activity and in some cases surgery. Get Newfoundland insurance with us, so that you don’t have to pay lots of money for potential surgeries and vet appointments.

Interesting Facts

  • The most famous owner of Newfoundland was Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • They are great swimmers.

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