Newfoundland breed profile
Training and intelligence
This breed is intelligent, although training must be started as soon as possible, otherwise the size of the dog will render in uncontrollable. Newfoundlands love water and excell in water rescue.
It has become a cliché that Newfoundlands are gentle giants, and yet that is what they usually are. They are sweet natured. They do seem to have an affinity with children.
Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Newfoundlands are very friendly and generally laid back.
Grooming and shedding
They are moderate shedders, but bare in mind Newfoundlands have a long coat, and a lot of it! The grooming is demanding due to the shaggy coat and the sheer size of the dog.
Newfoundlands do not require excessive exercise, and in the critical early months when their skelton is still developing, exercise should be limited. They love getting wet, and swimming is great exercise for them.
Need for company
They are devoted to their family, especially any children. Newfoundlands are affectionate with their loved ones, and want to be with them.
Newfoundlands have webbed feet, underlining their love of swimming. They excel at water training and very strong life saving instincts. They are generlally relaxed and take things in their stride.