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Newfoundland Overview

The Newfoundland is a friendly bear-like best friend. This large, powerful and strong working dog originates from, you guessed it, Newfoundland, Canada. Newfies were originally bred to help fishermen with all water-related tasks. Their size and capability also makes them ideal service, mobility and guard dogs. However, this is one guard dog you definitely don't need to be afraid of! The sweet-tempered Newfie is a gentle giant who loves human interaction. Very easy to train with a natural love for children, they make a great family dog. Whether kids want to climb all over them or cuddle up at night, these patient pals are quite content. The Newfie has earned a reputation as a "nanny dog" because of their natural willingness to look out for those they love. Because of their size alone, Newfies do best in large living spaces and aren't suited for apartments. They need more companionship than many other breeds, and don't do well when left alone. Families who love the outdoors will get along swimmingly with this breed. Though they don't require lengthy runs to maintain good health, they do need daily exercise and love having a job to do. This might be carrying, pulling to retrieving something. True Canadians, Newfies aren't weather sensitive and love both snow and splashing in the water! It doesn't matter whether it’s a day of work or play, Newfies pant and drool-a lot. Behind the serious panting and long streams of drools, Newfies have a heart almost as big as their bodies.

Did you know?

It is more likely for a child to harm a Newfoundland than a Newfoundland to harm a child.

Newfoundland Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
26-28 in / 100-150 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
9-10 years
Activity level
Little to none
Barking level
Little to none
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Newfoundland

Newfie puppies eat a lot when they are growing, but cut back once they have reached maturity. Newfies are best suited for high-quality dog food that contains animal protein. As with many large breeds, it's important to watch their weight. It can sometimes be difficult to tell if your Newfie is overweight or not because they are naturally giant. You can help manage their size by feeding it two meals a day opposed to one. Don't feed your Newfie leftovers because they will quickly learn their kibble doesn't compare! Food allergies and food sensitivities are not common for Newfies. Although, if you notice unusual symptoms it's a good idea to check in with your veterinarian.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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