The Newfoundland is a large, strong dog breed from — wait for it — Newfoundland.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Newfoundland.
Developed on the island of Newfoundland, this breed is a remarkable swimmer with a history of performing incredible water rescues. The specific ancestors of this breed remain unknown, although it may be related to the Pyrenean mountain dogs that accompanied fisherman in the area. In the 18th century, the Newfoundland was sent into Britain and France and quickly became popular with the English sailors as a ship dog.
Despite the size of the Newfoundland, this dog is rather docile and can happily adjust to living in the house. He does, however, need considerable yard space for exercise and ideally should have safe access to water. The breed is watchful and trustworthy, and tolerant of the behavior of children. It is said that author J.M. Barrie based the "Nana" in Peter Pan on his own Newfoundland.
The Newfoundland dog is aptly named as it hails from Newfoundland, an island that is part of Canada's most easterly province. The breed excelled in the coastal area as a working dog on both land and in water.
It doesn't take a scientist to prove that Newfoundlands salivate in abundance. Don't be surprised when this breed gives you the most slobbery kiss of your life. One major reason for all the drool is that when summer comes, the breed gets very warm due to its thick, heavy coat. To cool down, it does lots of panting, which in turn leads to lots of dribble.
5) Around Kids
Newfoundlands are surprisingly mellow, considering their massive size. Weighing up to 150 pounds, the breed is larger than most children. Still, it's considered the best breed to have around kids. In addition to the dog's very mild, calm temperament, its solid size means that kids are less able to do it harm. As a bonus, Newfoundlands are very protective of their human families.
A thick, muscular frame, webbed paws and long, heavy coats make Newfoundlands adept at swimming in cold waters like those of the Canadian coastline. The breed excels at long-distance swimming, as one of their primary roles as a working dog in Newfoundland was to haul in fishermen nets, carry boat lines to shore and retrieve anything that fell overboard (including people). And rather than doing the common "doggie paddle," its swimming style is more like a breaststroke.
Newfoundlands grew such a good reputation for their ability to rescue drowning swimmers that they were once required at lifeguard stations along the British coast. The breed even has its own techniques when it comes to pulling people to shore. If a swimmer is unconscious, it instinctively grips the person by the upper arm so that the body rolls on its back and the head is out of the water. Those who are conscious can grab onto the canine, which then tows the person to land.
Newfoundlands are protective, known to put themselves physically between their family and any stranger. They are not barkers but will show themselves to be watchful and willing to protect. An intelligent breed, the guardians of Newfoundlands often tell of their dogs alerting them to fire in the home as well as rescuing them from their own swimming pools.
The water-resistant, double coat of a Newfoundland generally comes in the colors black, brown, gray, and black and white. A tinge of bronze on a black or gray coat, and lighter shades mixed into a brown or gray coat, are also common. If the canine has white markings, they are typically located on the chin, chest, toes, and tip of tail. Dogs of this breed that have a white base coat with black markings are called Landseer Newfoundlands.
10) Peter Pan
Nana, the protective canine of Wendy Darling and her siblings in the Disney classic "Peter Pan," is none other than a Newfoundland. However, the pooch is often mistaken for a Saint Bernard.