This breed is thought to descend from the Viking “bear dog”, which provides a common nickname for the breed. They are massive in size and structure. When in full coat, their fur is thick and often dark (can be mostly white too). The combination of size and coat often has people comparing their looks to that of a bear, “bear dog.” In personality, however, they are very different.
The Newfie is a close relative of the Labrador and shares many of their lovable characteristics. They are friendly, loyal, and intelligent. They are easy to train and get along well with children and other animals. Just like all large breeds, dominance must be placed over the animal. If this does not happen, the size can be over-whelming. Especially during walks!
A yard is not necessary for this breed; daily walks should suffice for exercise. A Newfie is very content lying around the house and being lazy.
Baths should be given only when needed and their undercoat sheds twice a year. The heaviest shed is in the spring. Many owners shave their dogs in the spring to avoid this process.
The life expectancy is 9 to 15 years.