Where Are Newfoundland Dogs From?
The Newfoundland is a giant-breed working dog that likely evolved centuries ago from breeding between native Indian dogs and Great Pyrenees or Viking dogs. The Newfie was developed to perform water rescues, and to assist fisherman with hauling nets and daily catches to market. Their heavy double coats and webbed feet were perfectly designed for swimming in the icy North Atlantic waters of their homeland.
Today, the Newfie is used extensively for water rescues; their unmatched courage in the water is impressive to behold. Not only suited for water work, they are also ideal babysitters and watchdogs, though they are not aggressive protectors. Their laid back attitudes and loyalty make them wonderful family pets.