Newfoundland Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The origins of the Newfoundland Dog are not clear, but it is likely that it is descended from Tibetan Mastiffs who were brought to North America by nomadic tribes from the Polar region, where they may have bred with the native Labradors, or alternatively the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, introduced by early European settlers could play a part in his makeup.
What is certain is that the Newfoundland Dog is a water dog of the first order; his webbed feet give the Newfoundland Dog exceptional swimming ability. The Newfoundland was used to help fishermen haul in their nets in their native state. They also have a strong instinct to rescue anyone in the water – this is probably linked to the retrieving instinct as they are also very good wildfowling dogs, fetching wild duck and geese from the water where they have fallen.
The early Newfoundland was smaller than the present breed, and in a range of colours, though now they are either black or brown or Landseer, white with black markings, named after Sir Edwin Landseer who painted many with this coat pattern.
The FCI recognise the Landseer as being a breed separate to the Newfoundland Dog, of lighter build and altogether different construction and known as the Landseer ECT (European Continental Type). Discussion about the differences between the Newfoundland Dog and the Landseer ECT can be found on the Molosser site.
The Breed Standard describes him as “Noble, majestic and powerful”. At up to 28″ and 70kg he is a very big dog and space will be the main consideration should you decide to acquire one.
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB Ms Y Billows 01606 888303
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB OF SCOTLAND Mr G Ford 01556 502430
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB OF WALES Mr Lewis 01639 844355
- MIDLAND ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL SOCIETY Mrs K Woodward 01709 896663
- NORTHERN ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL SOCIETY Mrs Calvert 01609 772861
- SOUTH WESTERN ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL SOCIETY Mr M K Waite 01803 323508
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.