The huge Newfoundland is a giant, muscular working dog with thick bones and a dignified posture. The gentle Newfie is a well-known companion and has acquired a reputation as a patient and careful ‘nanny dog’ for children. Males can weigh up to 150 pounds and stand 28 inches tall at the shoulder; females normally weigh 100 to 120 pounds. The Newf head is majestic, with a delicate and soulful look. The outer coat is coarse and flat. Gray, brown, black, and a black-and-white coat called after artist Sir Edwin Landseer, who popularized the style in his works, are the colors. According to the Newfie breed standard, a gentle temperament is the most significant single feature of the breed.’
The Newf’s good nature is seen in their fondness for children. Newfs are trusting and trainable, and they react well to moderate guidance. These magnificent giants are among the world’s largest canines, and getting a pet that could outweigh you presents obvious difficulties.