Love Your Dog - Free Course On Newfoundland Grooming
Newfoundland dogs are likely one of the most unique dog breeds around today. The most interesting thing about this dog is they have webbed toes like a duck. While some dog breeds have some webbing between their toes to help them swim, the Newfoundland dog has toes that are utterly webbed. They are amazing swimmers and I have even heard it claimed that they have such a strong instinct to save people from drowning that they will drag swimmers out of the water against their will.
The origin of the Newfoundland dog isn't known with any great certainty, but it is assumed the local dogs of the area, such as the Labrador (which is also a great swimmer) was potentially cross bred with Tibetan Mastiffs brought to Canada on British ships in the 1700's, leading to the enormous and robust dog with tremendous swimming capability. They were used to haul in nets full of fish, carry boat lines to shore, retrieving items that slipped overboard, and to save drowning and shipwreck victims.
They've a unique double coat. This is to repel the water and keep them warm and comfy even in the icy waters. This is to stop any water that got thru the outer coat and to help them stay warm. They shed heavily biannually in the spring and in the fall. Avoid bathing unless absolutely necessary, since this may shed the oils that protect them. You will dry shampoo occasionally.
Also they are extraordinarily patient and good with guests. They are protecting, though they show it by placing themselves between the intruder and their owner rather than barking or growling.
They are pleased to lie round the house, but should be given regular exercise, and regular newfoundland grooming. They especially enjoy the opportunity to swim and frolic, and may be given that chance frequently. This enormous dog reproduce does better in cool climates, and will need plenty of shade and cool water in hotter temperatures. Newfoundland dogs are a very unique reproduce that could be just what you are looking for.