There have been lots of discussions, where the newfies from the beginning originates!
Some say that a big black wolf, who lived at Newfoundland at that time, has something to do with it, some say great Pyrenees, mastiff, Etc.….But it's a fact that in 1732 there was a big bear lookalike dog on Newfoundland, who helped the fishermen to pull the nets, but also with wagons and slides.
The Newfoundland dog is at home in the water as he is on the land. His dense oily outer coat and fine undercoat enable him to withstand extremely cold water.
His large powerful body assisted by his webbed feet, enable him to handle the most powerfully water conditions. They are also born with the instinct to save life and numerous documented records exist of actual life savings, some extremely courageous!
A big dog, that sometimes thinks he is a Chihuahua! He gladly sneaks and press him self up on the sofa and bed ;o)
He thinks that there is room for him everywhere, and in fact a Newfie fits everywhere, he makes sure of that :o)
The Newf loves children and is a very good baby-sitter. Some people think that Newfies eats great amount of food! Well of course some does, but not in my case. My dogs are a little fastidious; I guess that's my own fault… My dogs eat almost everything except there own dog food hmmm…..well sometimes they do, at least Don!! We also give them sour, cheese, egg, and other things. I wonder why they are so hard to please??
The natural of the Newfie is that of a large, shaggy, farm dog, usually with some dirt weeds clinging to his tousled coat :o)
But the true beauty of the Newf lies in his character, not in his appearance.
Newfies were breed to share in the work of the family (fishing, pulling, etc.) and to spend most of their waking time with the family.
They thrive on companionship and they want to be wherever you are.
They are happiest living with you in your house and going with you when you go out.
While they usually tolerate being left at home by themselves, preferably with a dog-door giving access to the fenced yard, they should not be relegated to the backyard or kennel. A puppy exiled from the house is likely to grow up to be unsociable, unruly, and unhappy. He may well develop pastimes, such as digging or barking, that will displease you and your neighbors.
An adult so exiled will be miserable too. If you don't strongly prefer to have your dog's companionship as much as possible, enjoying having him sleep in your bedroom at night and sharing many of your activities by day, you should choose a breed less oriented to human companionship.
Remember! No dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want to move to a no-pet apartment, or because he is no longer a cute little puppy, or didn't grow up to be a beauty contest winner ...Well if you have decide to have a Newf, make sure to shop carefully from a responsible and knowledgeable breeder who places high priority on breeding for sound temperament trainability, and good health in all mating.
Such a breeder will interrogate and educate potential buyers carefully.
Such a breeder will continue to be available for advice and consultation for the rest of the dog's life and will insist on receiving the dog back if ever you are unable to keep it.