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Newfoundland (Black, Lie)
Black, Lie

Breed Information


2022: #42

2021: #45

2020: #41

2019: #40

2018: #40

2017: #36

2016: #35

2015: #37

Name Newfoundland
Other names Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear

United Kingdom


Breed Group

Working (AKC:1886)

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 9-12 years









Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm)

Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)


Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg)

Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)





White & Black

Litter Size 4-12 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1700 - $2500 USD

Usually, the average cost of purchasing a pet quality puppy from a reputable breeder is about $1,700 to $2,500. However, for a Newfoundland puppy with top breed lines and a superior pedigree, you may need to pay between $3,000 and $4,000.

Breed Characteristics


4 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

Will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard is sufficient. Newfies prefer colder climates and do not do well in the heat. Make sure there is always cool water and a shaded place for them to lie.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and very friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

4 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

This gentle giant is quite content to laze around the house, but still needs to be taken on a daily walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. It will enjoy frequent opportunities to swim and frolic.


5 stars

High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

5 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


4 stars

Ranking: #34 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

5 stars

Constant and Seasonal Shedding: Newfies shed, and regular brushing will help reduce the amount of hair floating around your house. Twice a year, in spring and fall, they shed heavily, called “blowing coat.” Plan to spend additional time brushing to keep all the hair under control.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Newfoundland is very sensitive to the tone of its trainer’s voice. Training must be calm and consistent; overly harsh methods are unlikely to prove successful.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Good Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. If a situation escalates, the dog can be depended on to defend and protect its owner and family.

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Newfoundland Puppy (Brown, Face)
Brown, Face

Newfoundland Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Lucy
02 Gus Sasha
03 Oscar Molly
04 Loki Daisy
05 Bruno Princess
06 Buster Chloe
07 Hank Stella
08 Teddy Lexi
09 Jax Sophie
10 Bailey Maddie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Newfoundland is a large, heavy-boned, powerful dog that is strong enough to pull a drowning man from rough seas and imposing enough to make an effective guard dog. It is slightly longer than it is tall. Its gait gives the impression of effortless power, with good reach and drive. Its double coat consists of a soft, dense undercoat and a coarse, moderately long and straight outer coat. Its soft expression reflects its benevolent and dignified temperament.

The Newfoundland dog is known for its calm and docile nature and its strength. They are highly loyal and make ideal working dogs. It is for this reason that this breed is known as "the gentle giant". International kennel clubs generally describe the breed as having a sweet temper. It typically has a deep bark, and is easy to train if started young. They are wonderfully good with children, but small children can get accidentally leaned on and knocked down. Newfoundlands are ideal companions in the world of therapy and are often referred to as the nanny dog. The breed was memorialized in "Nana", the beloved guardian dog in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. The Newfoundland in general is good with other animals, but its size can cause problems if it is not trained.


The Newfoundland (commonly called ‘Newf’ or ‘Newfie’) originated in Newfoundland, Canada, descending from a mix of indigenous breeds with either Viking dogs or the mastiffs of Portuguese fishermen. The resulting breed, present by the 1600’s, was a black dog which loved swimming in cold waters; the black and white ‘Landseer’ Newfoundland developed a century later. The Newfoundland served as a helpful assistant by pulling heavy fishing nets or other equipment and rescuing sailors who had fallen overboard. Local laws limiting dog ownership to one dog per man kept the Newfoundland’s numbers low in its home country, but it was exported to Europe, where its numbers grew as it became a popular show dog. In 1832, a Newfoundland name ‘Hairy Dog’ and its owners saved 180 Irish immigrants from the wrecked ship ‘Despatch’. A Newfoundland also reportedly saved Napoleon Bonaparte when he went overboard during his escape from Elba. Well-known Newfoundlands include ‘Sable Chief’, mascot of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and ‘Nana’ from ‘Peter Pan’. Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James Buchanan had pet Newfoundlands. English poet Lord Byron had a pet Newfoundland for whom he wrote ‘Epitaph to a Dog’, which begins ‘Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man, without his vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the memory of Boatswain, a dog.’

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