Other name: Newfie

Photo: adult dog of Newfoundland breed
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Life expectancy

The Newfoundland has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 25 and 27 in
Male Between 27 and 29 in

Adult weight

Female Between 110 and 132 lb
Male Between 132 and 154 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Newfoundland costs between £890 and £1190

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More details about the Newfoundland

Newfoundland: Origins and history

Some say that the Newfoundland descended from the big bear dogs introduced to America by the Vikings. Another theory is that the Tibetan Mastiff (father of all the molossoids) arrived in America from the Bering Strait, the Aleutian Islands, and Alaska, with the ancestors of the American Indians: The Newfoundland Dog therefore came from the ‘big black dog’ from the Algonquins and Sioux. This dog was used for hunting, fishing, pulling sleds, guarding, as well as keeping children company, as Professor Otis Mason recounts in his "American Indian Handbook". It is likely that these two theories are valid: the blood of Viking dogs could have been crossed with that of Indian dogs to create the Newfoundland’s ancestors.

Training a Newfoundland

These dogs are a pleasure to train, since they very easily understand commands and have the sole objective to please their master.

With quite a strong character, it is nevertheless important to start training this dog from when it is a puppy, so that it’s not too much to handle once it reaches its adult size.

Make sure you train this dog in a way that is respectful of the principles of positive reinforcement - an overly strict, or even violent, approach will only serve to scare this sensitive pet.

Patience, coherence and diligence are the keys to making this lovely dog your ideal life companion.

Newfoundland: Purchase price

The price of a Newfoundland Dog varies depending on its origins. You should budget around £1185 registered with the KC. 

This big dog’s needs can get quite expensive; costs can reach up to £80 a month to cater to its food and grooming needs.

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