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Newfoundlands are the best dogs in the world

Updated on October 26, 2011


Newfoundland dogs are the best dogs in the world. The Newfoundland is known as the “Gentle Giant” in the dog world. They have the sweetest temperament and make the best family dogs. Their large size can make them look very intimidating, but they’re actually very friendly dogs. Their sweet disposition makes them the funniest wannabe lap dogs. There’s just one problem these cuddly doggies can weigh anywhere from 100-175lbs. My “Newfie” Ruthie often tried to jump into peoples arms. Apparently she thought she was a Chihuahua. If you get a Newfoundland puppy, don’t carry them too much, or when they’re bigger they’ll still want to be carried.

Newfoundland dogs are gentle enough to be trusted with young children. I remember my 3 year old niece loved playing with Ruthie. My niece liked to ride on her back, but would always slide off. Ruthie would patiently stand there, until my niece was good and tired.  Ruthie always followed my niece around the house. It was pretty funny to see my niece walk around with her furry entourage. These dogs are very protective over children. Their vigilance earned them the title “the nanny dogs”.



Newfoundlands were originally bred as working dogs.  They worked with fishermen, pulling carts, hauling lumber and retrieving things from the water. They have an oily, waterproof, coat and webbed paws, perfect for swimming. Newfies commonly rescued drowning sailors. Their sturdy frame and large lung capacity made them able to endure rough ocean currents.  Newfounlands are still used as water rescue dogs. They have saved hundreds of lives from drowning.

Newfoundland puppies are pretty fun to watch. Since these dogs have an affinity for water, it’s not uncommon to catch your puppy playing in his water dish. This can seem cute, but it gets pretty annoying when you have to mop the floor several times a day. My dog loved to turn over her water bowl. Then she splashed around in it. When she finally got bored, she just slept in it.

When it rains, don’t expect Newfies run for cover. They like to sprawl out in the grass, during torrential downpours. I remember the first time I saw my dog do this. I thought she was dead. I looked outside one afternoon and it was pouring. I went to let her in and she was just lying there motionless. I ran outside to see what was wrong with her.  She wasn’t distressed at all. She was comfortably resting in the rain, and had no desire to come indoors.

Lanseer Newfie
Lanseer Newfie | Source


Newfoundland dog are not very active dogs. Even as puppies they like to sleep and lounge around the house. They like to play of course, but they’re not as energetic as other dog breeds. Their favorite games involve water. I would advise Newfie owners to purchase a little wading pool. You can throw in some of their favorite toys, and watch them have fun.

If you’re thinking of getting a Newfie, here are some things you should know. They’re very smart dogs, but they try to play “dumb”. I like to say they’re “dumb like a fox”. They need training, especially leash training. You won’t win a “tug o war” against these guys. Trust me it’s not fun being pulled down the street by a Newfie. Also these dogs shed a lot. You have to brush them every day or your house will be covered in fur. Since their coats are very dense it’s good to be mindful of keeping them cool in the warmer months. Shaving them might be an option if it’s extremely hot.

Newfies make the perfect canine companion. These dogs take their time with life. They’re in no hurry. I wouldn’t call them lazy; they’re just clear-minded and purposeful. They’re the kind of dogs that like to stop and smell the flowers. Newfies are even-tempered, loyal dogs that look out for their owners. Newfies really are the best dogs in the world.



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      Tricia 19 months ago

      You just displayed your true lack of Newf knowledge when you recommended shaving them. Never shave a Newf unless it's absolutely necessary! The double coat protects the Newf from both extreme cold & heat in addition to providing skin protection. Shaving the dog only serves to expose the skin to sun (potentially causing cancer) and kills off their ability to keep air trapped in the bottom coat keeping them cool. Please do your research on a breed before making such harmful recommendations!

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      Gabby G 6 years ago from USA

      I had a Lanseer. she passed away though. I'm hoping to get another one day

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Black I have a hub written about Newfoundland dogs.

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      Gabby G 6 years ago from USA

      thats awsome, what color are they?

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have two newfoundland dogs and I agree with you they are the best dogs!