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Newfoundland Dog Breed

Newfoundland Dog Breed

Newfoundland: The first Newfoundland to reach Australia arrived with the First Fleet, on the Scarborough – his name was Hector and he was owned by the ship’s master, John Marshall. When the ship sailed for home again, the dog was left in Australia. When the Scarborough returned two years later with the Second Fleet, Hector is said to have swum out to meet the ship and welcome his master.

Newfoundlands have a very powerful water rescue instinct and were also used to rescue people and retrieve cargo lost overboard from ships – these dogs have well-developed webbing between their toes to assist in swimming.

Average lifespan

Newfoundlands can live to ten years of age.

Average height & weight

64cm to 70cm
50kg to 54kg

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament of Newfoundland

Newfoundlands love people and worship their family members. They are placid, loyal and trustworthy. Their playmate and nursemaid qualities are second to none.

Newfoundland  Compatibility with other pets


Care requirements

Most people believe that a dog as large as a Newfoundland will eat you out of house and home. Not so – adult Newfoundlands will only eat as much as dogs the size of a German Shepherd. Big dogs with a moderately long outer coat and a thick undercoat, Newfoundlands look their most glamorous in the winter. While regular brushing is required, and ears and feet need trimming, most do not require hours of grooming and work to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Ideal owners

Families. These dogs are suitable for both children and older folk, although they can be a little on the boisterous side.

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