The Newfoundland is a working dog. Newfoundlands can be black,
brown, black and white (Landseer), or the exceedingly rare gray.
They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen
in the Dominion of Newfoundland (which is now part of Canada).
They are known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm
dispositions, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water
rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double
coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities.
Newfoundlands ('Newfs', 'Newfies') have webbed feet and a water-resistant
coat. Males normally weigh 6070 kg (130150 lb),
and females 4555 kg (100120 lb), placing them in
the "Giant" weight range but some Newfoundland dogs
have been known to weigh over 90 kg (200 lb) - and the largest
on record weighed 120 kg (260 lbs) and measured over 6 feet
(1.82 m) from nose to tail, ranking it among the biggest Molossers.
They may grow up to 2228 inches (5571 cm) tall at
The Newfoundland's extremely large bones give it mass, while
its large musculature gives it the power it needs to take on
rough ocean waves and powerful tides. These dogs have great
lung capacity for swimming extremely long distances, and a thick,
oily and waterproof double coat which protects them from the
chill of icy waters. In the water, the dog's massive webbed
paws give it maximum propulsion. The swimming stroke is not
an ordinary dog paddle. Unlike other dogs, the Newfoundland
moves its limbs in a down-and-out motion, which can be seen
as a modified breaststroke. This gives it more power with every
Ken and Kath Kelly of Kopuku Imports have been lovers of Newfoundland
dogs and successful breeders under the Miquelon prefix since
If you would like to discuss any details about Newfoundland
dogs please don't hesitate to phone or email Ken and Kath. They
would be delighted to hear from you.