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Newfoundland Dog: True Or False

There’s a lot of myths floating around about Newfies these days so today I thought it would be fun to do a little true or false game to test your Newfie knowledge.

If you’re up to the challenge, have a try at these 10 True or False statements!

  1. The Newfie has their own unique swimming style
  2. Newfies eat a lot of food
  3. The Landseer is NOT a Newfoundland
  4. Newfies need a big yard and a big house
  5. Newfies like to snuggle
  6. Newfoundland dogs cannot live in a warm climate
  7. All Newfies love to swim
  8. Brown is not a recognized color of the Newfie in Canada
  9. Newfoundlands are easy to train
  10. Newfies don’t need much exercise



The Newfie does more of breaststroke than a doggy paddle when in the water.

This movement gives them the power to bring in a person that is in distress in the water or safely tow a boat to shore. 

The Landseer is NOT a Newfoundland.



A Landseer is considered a white and black Newfoundland in the U.S., Canada and the UK.

The ECT Landseer is NOT of the Newfoundland breed. 

Newfies are outside dogs.


While Newfies do like to be outdoors they much prefer to be where their family is, unless of course, it’s snowing.

Newfoundland dogs should never be left outside without human contact for long periods of time. 

This will break their loving spirit. 

All Newfies like to snuggle.


Some do and some don’t.

Some Newfies just want to be close to their family but not so close to where they are touching them.

Other Newfs don’t mind a cuddle here and there but children climbing on a Newfie should always be discouraged

4 Newfies have lived in the White House

Photo courtesy of the Presidential Pet Museum


Buchanan, Grant, Hayes and Garfield all had Newfies in the White House when they were President of the United States. 

You can read more about that HERE.

Newfies need big house and yards.


Just because a Newfie is big doesn’t mean that they require tons of acres to roam about in.

Newfs are always happiest wherever their family is. 

Newfies can live in apartments as long as they are provided with plenty of exercise.

All Newfies love to swim.



While a Newfoundland is considered a water dog not all Newfies will take to the water and they should never be forced to.

Proper introduction to the water is always recommended when the Newf is young and if they don’t like the water they should be offered another working activity to do. 

Brown is NOT a recognized color of the breed in Canada.



While you can register a brown Newfoundland with the CKC and compete in most performance events, brown  is not an acceptable color in the show ring and is not recognized by the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.

Newfoundlands are easy to train.



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Newfies are considered one of the smartest breeds and they aim to please their owners. However, some Newfies can be stubborn so vigilance is necessary and training should be an ongoing process throughout the dog’s life.

Also, be careful because if you’re not paying attention they will train you!

Newfies don’t need much exercise.


Newfies need moderate exercise to stay in shape.

Newfies are not couch potatoes and will become overweight if they are not given the opportunity to exercise on a daily basis.

Being overweight will put more stress on their joints which could shorten their lifespan. 

Newfies eat a lot of food!


On average, most adult Newfies eat 3-4 cups of food a day broken into 2 feedings.

They eat no more than a medium sized dog.

So how did you do?



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Saturday 10th of April 2021

Hi newfie parents. I have 2 that i rescued from a hoarder house. My female is black with tiny white fluff on chest. My male is landseer. Yes they dont eat as much as you think, but have a fruit or veggie around and some greens lettuce or broccoli and they love it. Yes the fluffy shedding is abundant, BUT MY NEWFIES LOVE TO BE VACUUMED... as soon as my central VACUUM HOSE comes out, the push and shove to get vacuumed. Dont forget my belly or under my female constantly since i got her has ear infections and a rash by her underbelly,( thats my INDIE) my male( cooper) it my baby that is by my side always helps me when i fall, he became my protector. But last year the groomer( first time there) dropped him off table, and now he wont go up or down the stairs%! I feel so bad they scared him. So he talks to you and wants you to lay down with him and he is THE BIG CUDDLER.. he has the fluffy landseer hair and constantly gets matty knots. WHAT is the best detangler for him! AND you would think there size 140 lbs each they would like big homemade cookies, NO these giants like the tiniest cookies. They turn there noses up to big things. Oh the life of these newfies. I rescued 2 great babies. Thankyou for all your information on your site. A newfie grandma..

Cathy Armato

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

I'm embarrassed to say that I got most of these wrong LOL! I guess I don't know my Newfs at all! I love that a newfie is going to the Int'l Space Station to hob-nob with the astro-types, that is super cool! Thanks for sharing this interesting Newfie info. Love & Biscuits, Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Shadow's & Ducky's Mom

Monday 13th of August 2018

I got 9 out of the 12. Not too bad for a non-Newfie parent.

Tails Around the Ranch

Sunday 12th of August 2018

Fascinating facts. For a non-Newfie owner, I managed to get 10 outa 12 so I'm guessing that's not too bad? ? I missed the easy ones.

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