Dog breeds: The Newfoundland Dog temperament

Dog breeds: The Newfoundland Dog temperament

The Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog, original from Newfoundland, Canada. He is a pretty versatile dog that was originally conceived to haul wood from the forest and pull nets for fishermen. These dogs are well suited and strong enough to work on land and water. His sweet nature also makes him a great companion at home. 


It is known that the Newfoundland dog was originally bred in Canada, but the details are blurry.  The breed shares many traits with the St. Bernard, English Mastiff and other Mastiffs and many mountain dogs.

It is known that the ancestor of the Newfoundland dog is an indigenous breed of Newfoundland known as Newfoundland lesser or St. John´s dog.  

Physical characteristics

The feet of the Newfoundland dog is webbed and his coat is water-proof. Their coat can be black, brown, or white-and-black. These dogs are gigantic and strong which makes them suitable for all types of heavy duty. They excel at water rescuing missions due to their great swimming skills.  

Males can be 28 inches tall and have a weight 130 to 150 pounds. Females are typically 26 inches tall and weigh 100 to 120 pounds. Some Newfoundlands have been found to weight up to 200 lbs and the record is 260 lb.


His most noticeable personality trait is his sweet nature. He is like this huge huggable teddy bear that likes to play with children. It is in his nature to be always pleasing. Do not leave him alone for too long time or confine him to a lonely yard or kennel

Caring for a Newfoundland dog

The Newfoundland dog is mellow and is moderately active. He does not really need to take long walks. You do need to be careful while he is growing up. As with all large breeds, this dog grows fast between four and seven months of age, making him susceptible to bone disease. Do not let your puppy run on hard surfaces. Take advantage of the swimming abilities of the puppy to make him exercise without stressing the joints. 


Training is fairly easy since he this pleasing dog. However, you should start with it since day one that you bring it to your home. Of course, leash training is important since he will eventually grow to be an over 100-lb dog. 

Fun facts

  • Probably not a good plan to take him to an apartment, he is better and a place with a lot of space. 
  • He does need to be busy with activities. This is a working dog after all. 
  • This fella drools. A lot. 

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