The origin of the Newfoundland breed is traced to Newfoundland - an incorporated island of Canada.
The Newfoundland is a working dog, especially in water. The physical attributes of the Newfoundland allow this breed to "excel at water rescue/lifesaving" - muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, natural swimming ability.
The Newfoundland is calm in temperament. The Newfoundland is loyal and excellent with children.
The Newfoundland is an ideal therapy companion dog and is otherwise known as a "nanny dog."
Point of interest - "Nana" in Peter Pan was a Newfoundland dog.
- Males weigh 132 to 154 pounds & Females weigh 100 to 121 pounds
- Prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, defective heart valves
- 8 to 10 years is the average life span