It is said there are over 700 breeds of dog recognized around our planet. Each breed has its own distinct features but none match the uniqueness of the Newfoundland. In previous columns I have discussed or mentioned many of these, particularly those related to a Newf’s special abilities in water. Now I would like to […]
Newfoundlanders probably have never shown more pride in the giant breed dog of the Island than when they presented a Newfoundland to visiting royalty. This they did on two occasions, once in 1860 and again in 1901 when the current Princes of Wales came to St. John’s. In 1860 the Prince of Wales (future King […]
While Newfoundland dogs are commonly known to have been aids to fishermen in the days of sail, it is less well known that they were and are fishers in their own right. Fish are their most natural prey and that diet was foremost for them as they evolved in the 16th to 19th centuries. Writers […]
People say the funniest things about Newfoundland dogs and their special attributes. If you go on the internet and register with Newf Net Forums you will encounter much humour. Following are some examples. THREAD: The Power of Newf Slobber Went up North to visit with a breeder and got to witness the full power of Newf […]
On a recent trip to the Island of Newfoundland my brother, Greg, sent me a photo of the Newfoundland dog statue on Signal Hill in St. John’s: This powerful symbol of one of the province’s animal emblems got me thinking on how important statues are. While images in general are very powerful communication vehicles, most […]
The Internet today is probably the most important communication media shaping how people feel about dogs in general and specific breeds in particular. To see how our breed is perceived outside of the Newfoundland dog fancy I decided to check out the “top” lists for dog breeds to see how we fared. Here is a […]
A Newfoundland dog jumping from a helicopter to rescue a drowning victim is what usually comes to mind when we think of the Italian Dog Rescue School (Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio or SICS) but there is so much more to this incredible organization.
“Benevolent” is not a word usually associated with our domestic canines and it is certainly not a word that you would expect to find in a Kennel Club breed standard. That is absolutely so with one very important exception – for the Newfoundland dog.
Just when I thought that everything that could be written about the war hero, Gander, had been, along comes a marvellous book about this incredible Newfoundland dog. The book is entitled A Dog Named Gander and it is co-authored by Sergeant Major George S. MacDonell and Sue Beard. One of the factors making this book […]
In 1975 I got my first Newfoundland and as I look back over the past 39 years I see many changes involving our breed here in their country of origin. Six areas in particular stand out in my mind: appearance, health clearances, diet, life span, rescue, and working events. Appearance When people look back at […]