AKC PuppyFinder: Newfoundland Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Sweet, patient, devoted; Newfs are famously good companions
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Newfs like using their big, powerful bodies—they need some room to romp
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 28 inches (male), 26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 130-150 pounds (male), 100-120 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 9-10 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This giant of a dog, weighing up to 150 pounds, can save a drowning man, pull fishing nets from the sea or haul lumber. But what really sets the Newfoundland apart is his sweet personality. As big and strong as he'll grow to be, your Newfoundland puppy has a naturally loving nature and is especially fond of kids. He's an ideal family companion; with affection, room to play and romp and some gentle guidance, you'll have a devoted friend for life.

History & Job
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Origin: Canada

Year Recognized: 1886

Breed History & Job Description: Canadian fisherman long relied on Newfoundlands as peerless shipboard working dogs with a knack for dramatic water rescues. Newfs are born swimmers, complete with webbed feet, and strong enough to save a grown man from drowning. Their prowess as rescuers is the stuff of legend: What the Saint Bernard is to the Alps, the Newfoundland is to the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Newfs also earned their keep by hauling fishing nets to shore and carting the day’s catch to market.

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The Newfoundlands is generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia, cardiac disease, and Cystinuria. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Newfoundlands are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Cystinuria DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Newfoundland Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.ncanewfs.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 35
  • Breed Referral Contact: Naomi Young Meyer - 1-866-622-6393
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Newfoundland Club of America Rescue Network
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: rescue@newfdogclub.org
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.ncarescue.org/
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puppy's parentage, going back 3 generations,
earned an AKC Conformation Championship
and/or Grand Championship title.
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health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
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