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Newfoundlands - Giants Among Dogs

Updated on June 9, 2015
Two of the colors seen in Newfoundland dogs.
Two of the colors seen in Newfoundland dogs. | Source

Newfoundland Dogs

You just have to love a Newfoundland dog. These dogs are really special.

They've been established in two color combinations. The black is what I always thought of when someone said, "Newfoundland dog." These often have a white marking on the chest. There is also the white and black Newfoundland where the white might be on the head or body. More rarely one might see a bronze Newfoundland dog.

Enjoy the varied pictures I've gathered for your enjoyment and the additional information about these large dogs.

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The Newfoundland Dog Varieties Should Conform To The Same Standard

The varieties have the same standard build with a broad head that seems massive compared to other dogs and the muzzle is short and squared. The eyes are deep set and wide apart and dark. The ears are small, without fringing, just covered with short fine hair.

The expression of the Newfoundland dog should reflect kindness, dignity and intelligence.

Landseer / Newfoundland Standing at the Beach


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The Body Should Be Long Square And Massive

The body should be long, square, and massive, loins strong and well filled; chest deep and broad; legs quite straight, somewhat short in proportion to the length of the body, and powerful, with round bone well covered with muscle; feet large, round, and close. The tail should be only long enough to reach just below the hocks, free from kink, and never curled over the back. The quality of the coat is very important; the coat should be very dense, with plenty of undercoat; the outer coat somewhat harsh and quite straight.

The Classic Black Newfoundland

Art print showing a classic Newfoundland dog.
Art print showing a classic Newfoundland dog. | Source

People Love Newfoundlands - See What They Admire in This Breed

barbiefashionistas told us, "I had a Newfoundland Dog once, he was such an adorable friend."

squidoopets commented, "When we lived out in Lake Errock our neighbours had Newfoundland dogs - just massive! But so gentle. They were big, beautiful teddy bears of dogs -- they were just lovely."

hippiechicjewelz remembered, "These are GORGEOUS dogs with the sweetest temperament! My best friend had one during her childhood, we loved playing with that gentle giant!"

Anderson said, "I saw one of these dogs in my groomer's shop. Truly gentle giants. They have this sort of zen quality about themselves."

Frischy told this story, "We had a Newfoundland when I was a child. She was a smart and loving dog, but more suitable to Northern climates. She got very hot in the summer."

AngryBaker shared this, "My Oma had a Newfoundland named Ben, and she adored that dog, she'd even cook special meals for him, so naturally, he adored her. They kept each other company for many years... her heart broke when he passed. He was special".

Missmerfaery444 commented, "Love Newfoundlands! There used to be two living in our road, they were like gorgeous giant cuddly bears!"

kimmanleyort said, "My sister has two of them that she loves dearly."

zmanonfire -"I have a newfoundland! In fact, he thinks he is a lap dog. It's hilarious!"

Shoputopian shared this, "I was extremely lucky to have the chance to be around 2 beautiful Newfoundland puppies, in our puppy kindergarten class they were just the most fun loving puppies..."

ChemKnitsBlog2 commented, "A Newfie, Pita is one of my best friends. (Of course, I am only her surrogate mom, since she belongs to my best friend... but I like to think I'm her favorite person in the world!)"

Tarra99 said, "They're a beautiful friendly and gentle. My DH had one growing up too...but he's a Newfie, so that's as you'd expect."

Tom said, "These are awesome dogs, I once had one named Duke. I'm going to feature this on Seaman' Journal" On the Trail with Lewis & Clark. They had a Newfoundland on the trail with them and that was his name."

Lou165 in Australia says, "My cousin has 3 Newfoundlands and a maltese..........could never work out where the maltese came in! I would love one, but I'll make do with the two dogs I have now they're more than enough!!"

Ruth Coffee - "Newfoundland's are wonderful. They are such gentle giants. I would imagine they are a much better match for people with small kids than many small more easily agitated dogs!"

Nightbear IM - "My sister in law, breeds and raises newfoundlands. They are gorgeous, such giant animals that are so gentle it is shocking, and the moms are should good mothers to the pups. The only drawback is the massive slobber factor. Oh well, who of us is perfect."

A Newfoundland dog can weigh 120 to 140 lbs and the female 110 lbs. to 120 lbs

A Dog Of Great Strength

The appearance generally should indicate a dog of great strength, and very active for his build and size, moving freely with the body swung loosely between the legs, which gives a slight roll in gait. As regards size, the Newfoundland Club standard gives 140 lbs. to 120 lbs. weight for a dog, and 110 lbs. to 120 lbs. for a bitch, with an average height at the shoulder of 27 inches and 25 inches respectively; but it is doubtful whether dogs in proper condition do conform to both requirements.

True Stories of the Courage, Loyalty and Friendship of the Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland Dog: True Stories of Courage, Loyalty, and Friendship
The Newfoundland Dog: True Stories of Courage, Loyalty, and Friendship

The love of this breed shines through in each story.


An affectionate nickname for the Newfoundland breed is "Newfie."

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What You Need to Know about Newfoundland Puppies

When rearing puppies give them soft food, such as well-boiled rice and milk, as soon as they will lap, and, shortly afterwards, scraped lean meat. Newfoundland puppies require plenty of meat to induce proper growth. The puppies should increase in weight at the rate of 3 lbs. a week, and this necessitates plenty of flesh, bone and muscle-forming food, plenty of meat, both raw and cooked. Milk is also good, but it requires to be strengthened with casein.

The secret of growing full-sized dogs with plenty of bone and substance is to get a good start from birth, good feeding, warm, dry quarters, and freedom for the puppies to move about and exercise themselves as they wish. Forced exercise may make them go wrong on their legs.

Medicine should not be required except for worms, and the puppies should be physicked for these soon after they are weaned, and again when three or four months old, or before that if they are not thriving. If free from worms, Newfoundland puppies will be found quite hardy, and, under proper conditions of food and quarters, they are easy to rear.

Your Newfoundland Would Just Love A New Bed

42x60  Red Rectangle Pet Dog Bed By Majestic Pet Products Extra Large
42x60 Red Rectangle Pet Dog Bed By Majestic Pet Products Extra Large

You can't put a Newfie on a regular-size dog bed. Three-fourths of him would be hanging over the edge. Look for one that says extra-large.


© 2008 Virginia Allain

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      russ-bingham-7 3 years ago

      we just picked up a landseer newfoundland female ,She a furry sweetheart

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. It always makes me feel so good to meet someone with this kind of passion for dogs. Continue to do what you're doing. Take care.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, what huge but beautiful dogs! Nice job showcasing them for us.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Newfoundlands are so cute, very adorable dogs!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Great page to a wonderful pet. Thanks for including a plexo full of related pages too - such a pleasure to have them all in one place. Bookmarked so I can return to read more of them.

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      What an impressive dog! Wish I lived in the country so I could have one.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Such beautiful dogs!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      These Newfoundlands look regal in stance and stature! Beautiful dogs!

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      These are truly some of the biggest sweethearts. What wonderful pictures and information :)

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      The Newfoundland is a very strong and majestic breed...enjoyed viewing the photos of this almost forgotten breed( in the USA at least).

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      These puppies are absolutely precious! Blessed!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Beautiful Dogs and a Nice Lens. Thanks.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I love this dog and the puppies are the cutest! blessed.

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      kpcwriting 6 years ago

      Big loveable teddy bears. I just want to squeeze them.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Those puppy pictures are adorable. I want one! What great info on this breed.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Gorgeous dogs the Newfoundland!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Newfoundland definitely speaks aristocrat and is so well presented in it's glory that I just have to feature on I Want a Dog, thanks again Art!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      What a truly beautiful animal. Your page is beautiful. Blessed!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      You always have such beautiful lenses. They are a pleasure to visit.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I never knew much about Newfoundland dogs, and have only seen a few up close. The puppies are absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing this information so artfully.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Lovely animals and great pics as well as the lens. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel Blessings for Dogs on Squidoo

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      These are such gentle giants, and it is fun to see the puppy pictures. Thanks for the cuteness!

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      Kelsey-Budden-16 6 years ago

      I must say, I didn't know that Newfies could be black and white. Kinda strange considering I'm a Newfie myself!

      Well, today I learned something new! Thanks!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful dogs.

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      RaintreeAnnie 7 years ago from UK

      I think Newfies are magnificent dogs and I love them. Lovely lens :)

      Just joined your Fan club. Good to meet you.

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      awakeningwellness 9 years ago

      I have never had a newfie but I absolutely love them, they are so beautiful!

      Very enjoyable lens...*****