Working Breed

McKinley at 3 and 8 months from the Amantay Newfoundlands Kennels

The Gentle Giant – the Newfoundland Dog is probably the biggest softy in the world of large dogs.  And, they are LARGE, as much as 150 pounds large.  Just take a look at the 3 month and 8 month photos of McKinley.  A babysitter who is gentle and patient with children.  The Newfie will become very attached to its family and accepts friendly strangers and other pets.  Intelligent to the point that they can sense danger and respond appropriately.  Still, they are not for everyone because of their size.  That cute little rolly, polly puppy quickly grows into a huge rolly, polly puppy.  And, because of their attachment to their family they find it hard adjusting to a new owner.  So, make sure you’re ready.  They will probably do better in a rural setting where they can exercise and swim.  Newfies should be brushed on a regular basis to keep their double coat from knotting.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Thick and course Weekly. Avoid bathing OK for apartments if it receives exercise.  Four legged babysitter.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Newfoundland Dog Club of America

Puppy Buyer Education Site

NDCA Rescue

Newfoundland Club of Canada

Newfoundland Regional Rescue



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