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The Newfoundland Temperament…and Other Interesting Things

Before delving into the Newfoundland temperament and personality, let’s take a moment to get to know a little more about this sweetheart of a dog.

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Some General Info About the Newfoundland

The Newfoundland, or “Newf,” is a “working dog.” Other types of working dogs include the Golden Retriever, the Great Dane, and the Siberian Husky.

The Newfoundland Dog’s history is as a working dog for fishermen in what is now Newfoundland, Canada.

This makes Newfoundlands rather skilled at performing water rescues. This is due, in part, to their muscular body structures, thick double coats, webbed feet, and inherent swimming ability.

The Newf likes to drink water almost as much as she likes to swim in it. Though she can be pretty messy when it comes to drinking, so you may find yourself cleaning up after her drool rather often.

Newfoundlands come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, gray, and a white-and-black combo referred to as “Landseer.”

Something to note: male Newfoundlands, not always but occasionally, can become aggressive with other male dogs. A few of them may also become dominant and aggressive toward humans, and shyness can also become an issue if you do not socialize your male dog from the beginning.

The Newf Is a BIG Doggie!

Newfoundlands, on average, weigh between 130 and 150 lbs. for males, and between 100 and 120 lbs. for females. This puts them into the weight range of “Giant.”

Some Newfs have weighed in at over 200 lbs.! In fact, the largest one on record was 260 lbs. and measured in at over six feet from nose to tail!

As far as their height is concerned, Newfs usually reach between 22 and 28 inches, if you measure them at the shoulder.

The Newfoundland Temperament and Personality

Despite being a strong, big dog, the Newfoundland temperament is closer to that of a teddy bear than a lion.

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1. Gentle

The Newfoundland is a gentle creature, renowned for her calmness and docility. Because of this, Newfoundlands are fantastic to have around children.

However, because she can grow to be rather large at a younger age, you must watch her with small children to en