N is for NEWFOUNDLAND | #AtoZChallenge

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#AtoZChallenge Day 14: N is for NEWFOUNDLAND
Day 14, April 16


Newfoundland dogThe Newfoundland is a large working dog with a black, brown, grey or white and black (called Landseer) coat. However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are black or Landseer. They were originally bred and used as working dogs for fishermen in the Dominion of Newfoundland (which became part of Canada in 1949). Newfoundlands are known for their giant size, intelligence, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty. These dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities. Males normally weigh 60–70 kg (130–150 lb), and females 45–55 kg (99–121 lb), placing them in the “Giant” weight range; but some Newfoundland dogs have been known to weigh over 90 kg (200 lb). The largest on record weighed 120 kg (260 lb) and measured over 1.8 m (6 ft) from nose to tail. They may grow up to 56–76 cm (22–30 in) tall at the shoulder. – WIKIPEDIA [photo credit]

My first (and only) encounter with a Newfoundland dog was when an existing walking client got one to keep her Alaskan Malamute company. Thunder was only two months old and the cutest, black ball of fluff imaginable! His crate was in the finished basement where he waited patiently for his daily exercise. At first, he couldn’t manage the stairs and I had to carry him up. Thankfully, he figured it out, because he grew so fast. Our routine was to drive to a nearby park for a rousing play session. The group, comprised of Thunder, his Malamute sister, my Dalmatian and a couple of other regulars partied hardy and went home tired and content. Never have I seen a dog drool as much as Thunder did! Newfs are known for that, which can be an issue for some people. On the other hand, they have sweet dispositions and are truly gentle giants.

#AtoZChallenge: N is for NEWFOUNDLAND
Thunder the Newf, with our Dal, Tasha. 1995

Hard-working and great with kids!


Are you familiar with this breed?

Would excessive drooling be a problem?

Looking forward to your comments!


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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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48 thoughts on “N is for NEWFOUNDLAND | #AtoZChallenge

  1. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one of these. At first I thought you were referring to those dogs you see in the cartoons rescuing people from snow emergencies. Sorry, I don’t know that dog’s breed either. I don’t know if I would be able to deal with all the drool.

    1. You’re thinking of St. Bernards, Jeffrey. 🙂 Not that far off – those dogs actually have Newfoundland genes in them. Yes, the drool can be messy.

  2. Awww, they look so lovely. I think I met one once, but not for long. I imagine you have to careful of them overheating with a coat like that.
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  3. Wow… You could saddle up and ride one of these big fellows… Beautiful dog!

    p.s. … was not serious about the saddle and ride move; just an analogy. 😉

  4. I am much more partial to smaller dogs but this breed is beautiful!
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    1. Nice to see you again, Naila! 🙂 Small dogs are definitely easier to take care of. Thanks for dropping in and have a good weekend.

  5. I’ve wanted a Newfie since I first met Nana (Peter Pan)… But it would be a cruelty to have one here in the Curaçao heat. Poor things. I know someone who moved here from Holland with their two (adult) Malamutes, and the dogs had to live indoors, with the A/C turned on full-blast, all the time. Sad, huh?

    1. These dogs definitely aren’t suited to tropical climates. I feel sorry for those Malamutes as well. Does it cool down at all after sunset? That might be the only time to take them for walks. Swimming might be okay, but still….

  6. Would need to have a handkerchief always handy! Beautiful dog! I’m still partial to lap dogs, but if he knocked on the door and said he needed a room, he’d be welcome! I’m a pushover!

    1. Haha! Newfs are definitely not lap dogs, but they are sweet, for sure. You’d likely need a full-sized towel instead of a handkerchief, though. 🙂

  7. I can not believe I have not found your blog sooner! I love dogs, and a newfie is definately on my list of “I want”. The husband person says I have to wait though until we don’t have two great pyrenees. Something about that being too much hair.

    1. Adding a Newf to two Great Pyrenees would make for a crowded house! 😀 Thanks so much for visiting. Please accept my apologies for the late response, Caitlin.

  8. My former sis in law and her hubby had a newfandlander and he was a drooly hairy beast with a kind heart. He was a pup when they got him and it was a hot day when we went camping. I was sitting by the lake and he came over and Just sat in the water. It was funny. He was a sweetheart but whe he came over to be petted he left a huge gob of spit on me every time. The hair ca,e out in gobs as well so, I probably would not get a dog this huge and this slobbery but they are sweethearts.

    1. Hahaha! I can just picture that Newf sitting in the water to cool off! 😀 They are sweet but do create a lot of mess. Thanks, Birgit.

  9. I’ve not heard of a dog having webbed feet until this breed. Are these dogs the only ones with that characteristic???

  10. I’ve never met one, but they look so soft and cuddly. Babies drool, too. I’d figure out a plan. There’s only one drawback…well, maybe two, the first is My landlady – who is afraid of large dogs – and kitty. They can handle the smaller dogs, but the bigger ones, oh well. ☺

  11. I love these big lugs! Truly the sweetest dispositioned dogs I’ve ever met, and oh yeah, they drool good sized lakes wherever they happen to be. I’ll be mentioning a Newfie in a later post!

    1. Yes, the drool gets messy and sticky. 🙂 St. Bernards have Newfoundland genes in them, I believe. They were cross-bred a couple of hundred years ago.

  12. Never owned a Newfoundland dog or knew one but they do look like such sweethearts. Lovable giants. What an interesting origin they have helping the fishermen in Newfoundland. That fur coat must be so hot so it’s good that Newfoundland doesn’t get overly hot. Elsewhere would be another story. I know Loup suffers in summertime with his thick fur. Very cute photo of Thunder and Tasha! Great post, Debbie!

    1. Yes, you would need good A/C to have such a dog. Thunder’s housemate was a Malamute with a similar coat. That photo was cropped. The original also shows his sister, Scout. She was a beauty as well! 🙂

  13. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    What a lovable monster! The stocky, fast growing Newfoundland is another dog that could eat you out of house and home, I suspect. Dripping drool would surely have been a deal breaker as far as my tidy mother was concerned, but I was always fascinated by a dog’s drooling jowls. I suppose it’s a guy thing. Isn’t it interesting how many of the larger breed dogs are friendly, gentle giants, while some of the smaller dogs are high strung, aggressive and prone to bite? Thank you for introducing this powerful working class dog, dear friend Debbie, and have a great weekend!

    1. Hi, Shady; Yes, the drooling would be an issue fro me as well, but I would handle it if he was a houseguest. Large breeds can afford to be magnanimous as they have little to fear. Not so for the small dogs. Just about everything in the world is bigger than they are (no wonder they’re a little tense!) so they have to appear tough for self-preservation’s sake.

  14. They’re beauties for sure but I don’t think I could handle the drool! 🙂
    I’ve never had a Newfoundland here. I don’t know anyone who has one.

    Loved the picture of Thunder and Tasha. Dogs and their sticks!! That just cracks me up all the time…

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. The drool is definitely an issue; you’d need to keep towels handy all the time. Your summers would be too hot for this breed. That photo was cropped from a large one of the whole group. Dogs do love those sticks! :

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