Learn about the temperament and personality of the Newfoundland. Discover what he’s like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves.
The Newfoundland, known as the “Gentle Giant,” is a dog of courage, devotion, and loyalty. They are huge dogs! They were bred to be working dogs who spend all of their waking time with their family. They will want and need to be part of your family. Today, Newfs excel at water work and carting and do well at obedience. They also make excellent therapy dogs. However, it is important to get started on obedience training early with a Newfoundland, as a rambunctious, unlearned six-month-old Newfoundland can pull you out into traffic on the end of a leash because of his size and strength. The Newfoundland is docile and intelligent, and responds well to training, as he is eager to please you. The Newfoundland has a sweet disposition and is affectionate, but not overly demonstrative. He needs regular exercise and likes to spend time outdoors. He will need a fenced-in yard (and the fence should be at least six feet high). However, he is too lazy to get his own exercise and will probably need you to join him to convince him it’s a good idea. Newfoundlands are excellent with children, and are very tolerant, so children will have to be taught to be gentle with their Newfoundland. However, the Newf is clumsy and huge and can accidentally knock children over. He is not overly protective, but his size might be enough to deter evildoers. The Newfoundland can be demanding of your time and attention and does not do well if ignored. A bored or lonely Newfoundland is a destructive giant. They will destroy your garden in a minute. Speaking of mayhem, the Newf is not the dog for the house-proud. They slobber all over everything, and they bring the world back into the house with them in their fur and on their feet. They also shed giant balls of fur. And they will want to sleep in your bed. Newfoundlands are loving and loyal and devoted and make excellent pets. They are emotionally sensitive and perceptive of your mood. They are fun, entertaining, and benevolent. And their nose is usually the exact height as your dining room table. Own one and your life will never be the same.
The Newfoundland is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate.
The Newfoundland is a very heavy shedder. He sheds an awful lot of hair! You’ll find hair all over your home, stuck to everything! You’ll probably even find it in the butter!
The medium-length coat of the Newfoundland only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn’t fall out in your home!)