Per the AKC (The American Kennel Club) the massive Newfoundland is a strikingly large, powerful working dog of heavy bone and dignified bearing. The sweet-tempered Newfie is a famously good companion and has earned a reputation as a patient and watchful ‘nanny dog’ for kids.
A male Newfoundland can weigh up to 150 pounds and stand 28 inches at the shoulder; females typically go 100 to 120 pounds. The Newf head is majestic, the expression soft and soulful. The outer coat is flat and coarse. Colors are gray, brown, black, and a black-and-white coat named for artist Sir Edwin Landseer, who popularized the look in his paintings. The Newfie breed standard says that a sweet temperament is the ‘most important single characteristic of the breed.’ The Newf’s sterling character is expressed in their affinity for kids. Trusting and trainable, Newfs respond well to gentle guidance. These noble giants are among the world’s biggest dogs, and acquiring a pet that could outweigh you comes with obvious challenges Although gentle by nature, these are still large dogs with very specific needs. Please download the short informational pamphlet entitled “The Newfoundland and You” on the NCA (Newfoundland Club of America ) website. The NCA is a great resource for information on the breed. https://www.newfoundlandpuppy.org/pdfs/newf_and_you.pdf