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Newfoundland Reflection


The ancestors of the Newfoundland remain largely unknown. Some claim the Vikings brought its forebears to Newfoundland in the 10th century, while others claim that it is a descendant of the Pyrenean Mountain Dogs that accompanied emigrating French fishermen. Whatever the truth, the breed evolved on Newfoundland into an outstanding sea-rescue dogs and draught animal.

In the 18th century Newfoundlands were imported into Britain and France and rapidly became popular with English sailors as ship dogs. The Scottish author JM Barrie based the dog NANA in Peter Pan on his own Newfoundland.


The Newfoundland is a dog with an outstanding temperament, good, courageous, generous and intelligent. A patient dog, mild with guests, and obedient with its master. He is noble, calm, gentle, loyal and trustworthy with a sweet temperament. Dignified and peaceable. Very devoted. Good and brave. Intelligent enough to act on his own when needed. Protective, but tends to place himself between the intruder and his family rather than bark or growl. Newfoundland’s can recognize a dangerous situation and will generally act if the family is threatened. Any dog, other animal, child, or visitor who has no evil intention will receive a friendly welcome.

Usually gets along with other dogs, but should be socialize well with them, giving a correction at any sign of aggressiveness to insure this behavior. Generally good with other animals. Patient, playful, and loving with children. Very sociable. Enjoys the outdoors, but also requires companionship. The Newfoundland drinks a lot of water and may be messy about it, as he loves to get wet. They tend to drool, though not as much as some other giant breeds.

Although puppies require a lot of food, an adult Newfoundland eats only about as much as a retriever. They love to swim and if backpacking near water, don’t let the Newfoundland carry your sleeping bag – or you may spend a very damp night! They love water and enjoy laying in it.

This breed may be slightly difficult to train. Training must be conducted in a calm and balanced manner. In order to achieve a well balanced dog one must be calm, but firm, confident and consistent with the dog. Giving the dog rules he must follow and sticking to them along with a daily pack walk where the dog must heal beside or behind you. No pulling head. These dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice. Their huge body tends to move rather slowly. Take this into account during training.


The Newfoundland is very robust and needs to run and swim at will. It does not like the heat. Brush its coat with a curly comb; shampooing is not recommended. A puppy’s bone development should be monitored closely.

More information on the Newfoundland.

Links to Newfoundland Breeders, Clubs and Rescue Groups.

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