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Newfoundland Dogs


Newfoundlands are named after Newfoundland island off the east coast of Canada where they were used by fishermen to drag in nets and to pull carts. Records date back to the 1700's but the fishermen may have brought the dogs from afar before that. See origins of dog breeds.

Newfoundlands are large, powerful animals with thick long coats that kept them warm in the icy waters off Newfoundland. The coat benefits from regular brushing. Shade must be provided for this breed as their coat makes them very hot.

They have webbed feet and love to swim. They have helped to rescue people from water. The Newfoundland is good natured, like a big huggable bear.

Colour: black, brown, or white with black markings.

Height: males 71 cms at the shoulder, females  66 cms.

Class: working breed

Black & white Newfoundland in the shade of a chair

Newfounland lying down in the shade Newfoundland showing thick, long coat
Jo'Bears Isadora belongs to L. Hayward, South Africa. This Newfoundland competes in working trials & obedience.



Those were good days, when dog & master went fishing together! The dogs had to be strong to pull in heavy wet nets especially when there was a catch of fish.

It reminds me of that time when some fishermen had worked all night and caught nothing, Jesus said to them, "Try once more!" and that was the time they caught so much fish they could hardly pull in the net! They could have given up and gone to bed, but they listened to what he had to say, and they were successful!

Luke chapter 5



2 Newfoundland dogs - one black, one brown, standing at the gate

Newfoundlands owned by J. Wilkins, South Africa

black newfie pup with rubber ring toy 

Newfoundland puppy


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