The Gentle Giant


Originally bred as working dogs for fishermen in Newfoundland.

Large bones, massive head, and a sturdy bone structure; known for their webbed paws and water-resistant coat.



Known for their even temperament, sweetness, and stoic nature.

Famous for their courage in lifesaving and adventuring exploits.

Lifesaving Exploits

Swimming Abilities

Unique swimming stroke with massive webbed paws for maximum propulsion.

Health Concerns

Prone to hip dysplasia, cystinuria, and subvalvular aortic stenosis.

Historical Significance

Accompanied explorers Lewis and Clark on their expedition across North America.

Relation to Other Breeds

Shares traits with mastiffs and Molosser-type dogs; influenced breeds like the St. Bernard.

Size and Weight

Males weigh up to 176 lb, and females up to 143 lb; among the largest dog breeds.

 A blend of strength, bravery, and gentle temperament.

Newfoundland Dogs