Non-sporting Breeds

Newfoundland

Newfoundland
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 28 in (71cm) Bitch: 26 in (66cm)
Weight: Dog: 130-150 lb (64-69kg) Bitch: 110-120 lb (50-54kg)
Coat: A double coat that is flat, dense, coarse textured, oily, and water resistant; outer coat moderately long and can be straight or wavy
Color: Black, brown, gray, or Landseer (black head with black markings on a white ground)

There are various theories on the origin of the Newfoundland, but the one that seems most likely is that it is a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff. In adapting to the rugged conditions in Newfoundland, eastern Canada, it developed webbed feet and an oily coat that allows it to remain in the water for long periods of time. The breed aided fishermen and gained great fame as a life saver. With the strong instinct to rescue anything, or anyone, in the water and retrieve it to safety, it became as valued by crews in Newfoundland waters as the Saint Bernard is by climbers in the Swiss Alps. A particolored variety of the Newfoundland, known as the Landseer, found fame in the paintings of Sir Edward Landseer. The breed was also much admired by the English poet, Lord Byron. The large and beautiful Newfoundland is rarely bad tempered unless provoked. Indeed, it is amazingly gentle with other breeds. It does, however, take up a fair amount of space, and needs regular exercise on hard ground and daily brushing using a hard brush.
 
 
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