Breed History / Description

This gentle giant of a dog takes his name from Northeast Canada where he was developed. If any dog deserves the working dog label it is the Newfoundland. His versatility has served man well: trawling fishermen's carts; pulling logs from the forest for lumberjacks; hauling in fishermen's nets; jumping from boats to retrieve lost equipment; and in more recent times, jumping out of low flying planes and helicopters to rescue swimmers in distress. 

It is thought that the breed was not indigenous to Newfoundland but the ancestors of the breed arrived there with fishermen from Europe. They were selectively bred for barrel ribs, oily waterproof coat and webbed feet to aid them in their water work. Nowadays the Newfoundland is very popular as a gentle, patient and loyal family companion.


Large draught and water dog, with natural life-saving instinct, and devoted companion. 


Exceptionally gentle, docile nature.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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