As a puppy he looks like a cuddly teddy bear, but does grow remarkably quickly into a very large, thick coated adult. He loves water, and is a powerful swimmer, capable of pulling a rowing boat, or ‘rescuing’ anyone he feels might be in distress!
Mystery seems to surround the origin of the Newfoundland, and history books tell us that the breed, as we know it today, almost certainly did not originate in North America. Legend has it that the Newfoundland developed from an early Tibetan Mastiff type which accompanied tribes who crossed the Polar region. Examples of the Newfoundland came to Britain on trade ships, the original examples being lighter boned and smaller than today’s breed and with a wide variance in colour. The standard for today’s Newfoundland was written in the late 1800s and about this time the solid black became all the rage in England, becoming almost the only type known here.
Definitely not for the flat-dweller, he requires a moderate amount of exercise. Colours range from black and brown to Landseer, which is white with black markings. The name was derived from Sir Edwin Landseer who depicted many of these dogs in his famous paintings.
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