A gentle giant, this large, strong, heavily built dog combines great gentleness with a mild, guarding instinct. Robust and eager to please, Newfoundland's make a very suitable companion for children, joining in their games and keeping a watchful eye on them in the absence of adults.
As a puppy they look like a cuddly teddy bear, but does grow remarkably quickly into a very large, thick coated adult. Newfoundland's love water, and is a powerful swimmer, capable of pulling a rowing boat, or ‘rescuing’ anyone who they feel might be in distress!
Mystery seems to surround the origin of the Newfoundland, and history books tell us the breed, as we know it today, almost certainly did not originate in North America. Legend has it that the Newfoundland developed from an early Tibetan Mastiff type which accompanied tribes who crossed the Polar region. Examples of the Newfoundland came to Britain on trade ships, the original examples being lighter boned and smaller than today’s breed and with a wide variance in colour.
Definitely not for the flat-dweller, they require a moderate amount of exercise. Colours range from black and brown to Landseer, which is white with black markings.