Five Fun Facts About Newfoundlands

“Newfies” as they are affectionately called, are truly the gentle giants of the dog world. Once you’ve been “owned” by a Newfoundland, you’ll never want another breed. Here are five fun facts about these lovable sweethearts:

One – Newfoundlands have webbed feet! Well, not feet like a duck, but partially webbed feet. This feature, which they share with several other breeds, makes them great in the water.

Two – Newfies are great swimmers. Not surprising, given that they have webbed feet.

Three – And continuing the water theme, Newfoundlands make fantastic water rescue dogs. They have been known to venture into very dangerous waters to rescue people who were about to drown.

Four – Newfoundland puppies need a LOT of food. They can put on up to 100 pounds in their first year of life.

Five – There is no more loyal canine companion than a Newfoundland and they will put their bodies between their owners and a stranger in order to protect them. These dogs are also gentle with children. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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