The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. Newfoundlands come in different colors: black, gray, brown and black and white. Originally these giant dogs were bred to help fishermen in their work. The breed and its name come from the Dominion of Newfoundland (now part of Canada). Newfoundland dogs, besides being known for their size, are considered strong, intelligent and loyal pets. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities.

The breed is also called "the gentle giant" for being both very strong and amazingly calm. These features make the Newfoundland dog an ideal working breed. These dogs become not only good helpers and guards, but also loyal and amiable friends. They are very popular among families with little children, as Newfoundland dogs are usually good with kids. It typically has a deep bark, and is easy to train. It's important to start training the Newfoundland dog when it's young, as they learn better from an early age. In general they get along with other animals, but their big size can cause problems if it is not trained.

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