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    Newfoundland |Canada|

    Newfoundland |Canada|

    This remarkable breed has been an incredible servant to humankind and is known for its inherent instinct to protect and save people from danger, in particular water rescues. Tales of the breed’s heroism are legion. Their gentle, calm, and devoted temperament makes them wonderful companions. Newfoundlands are large dogs that require moderate exercise and grooming, and relish the opportunity to swim.


    The breed traces back to the Canadian island of Newfoundland and to crosses between European breeds, taken there by fisherman, and native stock. It is thought that British and Portuguese Mastiff-types and mountain-dog breeds like the Great Pyrenees contributed to a type known as the St. Johns Dog. The St. Johns Dog developed into two types, one leading to the Labrador and the other to the Newfoundland. The Newfoundland was widely used in the fishing industry in all manner of roles, including hauling nets and boats, swimming out to retrieve boats, and search and rescue. Breed numbers were decimated during both world wars, but they have been re-established in the United States and beyond, and are still valued for their search and rescue skills.

    Newfoundland puppies grow very quickly and reach around two thirds of their adult size by the time they are eight months old.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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