The Newfoundland is considered one of the best dog breeds to keep as a family pet, according to the American Kennel Club. They are also fantastic for companionship in solo setups and may even be worth considering as a first time pet with adequate research and preparation.
Here are just a few things that Newfies are known for so you can get some perspective on exactly why they are so popular.
Their Niche Aesthetic And Size
There is a huge fanbase and market in the dog lovers community for giant dog breeds and the Newfoundland Doggie is perfect for the job.
Newfoundland Dogs can grow as large as 26 to 28 inches in height and 120 to 180 lbs in weight. Their long, fluffy coats just exaggerate the already mammoth features which earns the Newfie the ‘giant’ part of their gentle giant nickname.
Newfoundland Dogs were in the past used as working dogs in many different capacities. Their instinctive love for the water, protective nature, and high intelligence made them perfect for use as water rescue dogs which is why they were so popular among fishing communities.
Newfies were also used to haul carts with their large build and strength coming in very handy for this.
More recently, Newfoundlands are popularly kept as companions and even in some cases to offer personal protection. This is one dog with a lot of hats to wear.
They Are Not High-Maintenance
The Newfoundland Dog’s large size often has people assuming that it is a high-maintenance dog breed. In fact, a Newfie is easy to be groomed and usually does not bother its owner too much.
Although Newfies have higher upkeep costs largely due to food expenses, they require only some level of effort and time from owners to keep them happy as they are highly independent and easy-going doggies.