About the Newfoundland and Landseer
The Newfoundland dog, also known and affectionately called the newf or newfie, originated in Canada as a working water dog to help the fisherman in all types of weather. They were used to pull both boats and nets of fish to shore as well as occasionally saving the life of an overboard sea man.
Today the Newfoundland is still used for many traditional duties in combination with being a companion dog. Some of their duties include water rescue, draft work, and therapy work.
The Newfoundland Temperment and Intelligence
A Newfoundland is known for its sweet disposition and natural lifesaving abilities. They are friendly, loving and generally good natured dogs who love to be around their family members. They are more alert when they sense danger and will protect those they love when they need to. Usually, the dog will not bark or growl to protect their owner but rather put themselves in front of their owner for protection. When in the presence of water, these dogs are on guard and always looking out for someone who can't swim. The instinct they have is so strong that they can often be found circling a pool just in case anything should happen. If a child is near water and they are unsure of their abilities, they will always place themselves between the water and the child. Extremely intelligent and dignified, this breed learns quickly how to please his owner and will go above and beyond what is expected of him. These dogs form such a bond with their family that they usually can't ever bond to others like they have to their first family.
Newf Details and Characteristics
The Newfoundland has a large head with dark brown, deep set eyes, small and heavy ears with rounded tips and face free of wrinkles. Their tail follows the natural line of their back and full of flowing fur. It may hang down straight when relaxed or curl up when excited. Their legs are sturdy and strong and sit atop the large, circular paws with webbed toes. Their backs of the legs also contain well flowing fur which separates them from most dogs. The Newfoundland has a water resistant double coat that protects it in the cold ocean water. The outer coat is somewhat coarse and may either be straight or wavy. The undercoat is soft and is less prominent in the warmer months of the year. Fur on the face and muzzle is soft and smooth. The coat of comes in several colors both solid and Landseer. Solid colors include black, brown, gray though white may be seen on their chin, chest, toes, or tip of the tail. Landseer Newfoundland's have a white base coat with black markings.
Newfoundland and Landseer Health Concerns
The Newfoundland is prone to elbow and hip dysplasia as well as heart conditions.
Newfies Have Drool Rags for Good Reason
Newfoundland's are not dogs for those who are neat and tidy or for those who like alone time. They are very messy water drinkers and drool a lot. They love to be in the presence of company and are enjoy the spotlight. They are quick to train but move slowly so that must be taken into consideration when training. They will do fine in an apartment because they are generally lazy dogs, but they require regular exercise to keep them in shape. Misc: Common names also include Newf and Newfy or Newfie.