Affectionately called "Newfies" or "Newfs," this breed originated as a fisherman’s working dog on the island of Newfoundland, just off the northeast coast of Canada. Their prodigious strength and aquatic aptitude made them ideal for helping to bring in fishing nets, haul carts and even rescue over-board fishermen! As a matter of fact, Newfies are renowned as water rescue dogs and their webbed feet, large lung capacity and phenomenal swimming power make them ideally suited for the job. They also have a water-resistant double coat that helps insulate them when swimming in chilly waters.
The Newfoundland is classified as a giant breed (along with St. Bernards, Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds, to name a few) usually weighing between 100 and 150 lbs. Despite their imposing stature, the breed is probably most prized for their sweet and gentle temperament. Newfies are generally excellent with children and other animals, and react well to training at a young age.
Although their incredible swimming aptitude may keep their head above water, Newfies are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Newfies are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia; urinary issues such as bladder stones; heart disorders such as aortic stenosis; and eye conditions such as cataracts.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your gentle giant inherits his father’s bad elbows or his mother’s heart issues, you’re covered.