The Newfoundland is an enormous, heavy dog with a thick, luxurious coat that resembles that of a bear. He comes in a variety of colours from black, to brown, black and tan or black and white.
A working breed, he is often used as for search and rescue purposes both on land and at sea as he is an extremely strong swimmer capable of pulling boats if needed. He stands up to 70cm or more at the shoulder and can weigh as much as 80kg. His coat is very thick and long and needs regular grooming and attention.
The Newfoundland is not a dog for the city, flat dweller as he is extremely large and heavy and his coat will bring in plenty of mud and water to the house. The coat is so thick that the Newfoundland can happily live outdoors with the correct care and companionship. A gentle and loyal companion Newfoundlands are quite mild mannered dogs that will happily play with any children not alarmed by his size. Newfoundlands rarely bark but will protect and guard when necessary.
They need up to an hours exercise a day and are happiest in a working environment where they can serve and be around people. Newfoundlands shed their coats twice a year and due to its thickness do not do well in hot weather. The breed has a life span of up to 15 years with an average of about 10. Newfoundlands can also be prone to obesity, as well as heart conditions and hip dysplasia.