If you had a big huggable teddy bear as a kid, you’ll likely love having me in the family. Although very large, Newfs are incredibly sweet, gentle, and patient with children. I’m friendly with everyone but will staunchly defend my family if they’re threatened. If I could run the DVD player, I’d be an ideal babysitter!

Bred for pulling logs in Canada, I’m a strong dog who loves swimming and cold weather; pulling kids on a sled would be a fun day for me. A moderate walk or game of fetch will keep me exercised, but I don’t like hot weather. Responsible training is important for any giant breed and should be fairly easy—so I’m fine with new dog owners who are up for an oversized challenge.

My double coat is coarse and long, with moderate shedding. Brushing a few times a week will control hair and avoid matting, with extra attention during spring and fall. My coat does attract dirt, and I tend to drool and will slobber when drinking. My handsome coloring may be black, brown, or gray, or Landseer (white with black markings). I stand 26 to 28 inches tall and weigh 100 to 150 pounds.

Like any very large breed, I have a shorter life span, about 8 to 10 years. Significant potential health issues include SAS, pulmonic stenosis, elbow and hip dysplasia, and gastric bloat. Lame joints, vWD clotting disorder, and eye problems are other problems to watch for, along with a slight risk for epilepsy.