Breed Traits

  • Personality: Sweet, patient, devoted; Newfs are famously good companions
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Newfs like using their big, powerful bodies—they need some room to romp
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 28 inches (average male), 26 inches (average female)
  • Weight: 130-150 pounds (male), 100-120 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 9-10 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


Breed Description

     This giant of a dog, weighing up to 150 pounds, can save a drowning man, pull fishing nets from the sea or haul lumber. But what really sets the Newfoundland

apart is his sweet personality. As big and strong as he'll grow to be, your Newfoundland puppy has a naturally loving nature and is especially fond of children. He's an

ideal family companion; with affection, room to play and romp and some gentle guidance, you'll have a devoted friend for life.


History & Job

Origin: Canada

Year Recognized: 1886

Breed History & Job Description: Canadian fisherman long relied on Newfoundlands as peerless shipboard working dogs with a knack for dramatic water rescues.

Newfs are born swimmers, complete with webbed feet, and strong enough to save a grown man from drowning. Their prowess as rescuers is the stuff of legend:

What the Saint Bernard is to the Alps, the Newfoundland is to the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Newfs also earned their keep by hauling fishing nets to shore and

carting the day’s catch to market.