The Newfoundland Dog originated in the province of Newfoundland, Canada. They were used by fisherman on boats, as well as to pull carts on land. They worked closely with fisherman, not only to help bring in heavy fishing nets, but to help those who may have fallen overboard or been shipwrecked as well. To this day, they are used in some areas to help get drowning victims to safety.
Because of their heritage, the Newfoundland typically loves the water. Some owners have a hard time keeping them out of the water, be it a lake, puddle, or their own water bowl. They are one of the few breeds of dog to have true webbed toes, which aids in their strong swimming skills. They have a heavy, water resistant coat, which may cause them to overheat more easily in the warmer months.
Newfoundlands have stable temperaments and make wonderful family pets. They tend to be more tolerant to the rambunctious nature of young children and may even join in on their antics. Some can be quite obsessed with food, so one may have to be careful not to overfeed when pleading eyes are aimed in your direction.
The Newfoundland comes in several different colors. The most common being black, followed by white with black patches, often called "landseer". They can also be found in the less common colors of brown, and gray. They do tend to drool, so having a drool rag available will probably come in handy. There are a number of health issues associated with the breed: hip and elbow dysplasia, heart problems, cystinuria (kidney defect), and bloat. They are also prone to cruciate ligament tears. They are a mid range giant in terms of size, topping out b/t 100-150 lbs.