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Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Newfoundland Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Joy Boundy
Phone: 03 5968 5929

Brief History

The Newfoundland is a large, strong dog and a powerful swimmer. His origins are from Newfoundland in Canada. He was primarily a fisherman's dog. They were used in the past to haul fishing nets due to their immense strength.  The breed has been noted in history back as far as the 1700’s. The Newfoundland is well known for its gentle nature and his natural life saving instincts.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 8 to 10 years


The Newfoundland is gentle, calm and stoic. Puppies can be energetic, rough and rambunctious and must be trained to behave appropriately.

General Breed Description

The Newfoundland is a massive, bear like dog, with a medium coat. He is a powerful dog and loves to swim. He needs company, human or canine as he sees himself as part of the family and can become destructive if left alone. This is not a breed to be kept outside alone. The colours are black, brown, white & black (lovingly called Landseer, not to be confused with the Landseer (ECT) breed). Solid colours can have small amounts of white on tips of toes, chest and tip of tail.

Coat and Care Requirements

The Newfoundland has a double coat. An outer coat with an oily texture and a thick undercoat. There are furnishings on the legs and tail. Regular, weekly grooming is needed, but more during coat moulting.


Height: Males: 71cms (28ins), Females 66cms (26ins).

Weight: Males 64 to 69kgs, Females 50 to 54.5kgs.


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Newfoundland is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Elbow Dysplasia(ED) and Cystinuria. Careful rearing is crucial, so follow advice/guidelines given by the breeder.


Families with older children, couples or singles. This is a very smart breed, always willing to learn and needs training from when young to ensure a gentle adult. Regular daily walks are needed. 

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:

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