All About The Brown Newfoundland Dog
The first time I saw a brown Newfoundland well over 20 years ago, I fell in love.
I was already in love with the Newfoundland breed but the brown made me fall deeper in love.
Back then the browns weren’t as popular as they are now.
They weren’t rare, they just weren’t as common as the blacks or Landseers.
Then my sister got a brown named Zeus and I fell even more in love.
I’m still not sure if I fell in love with Zeus because of his color or if it was because he was a jerk.
I think it was a combination of both.
Even though I fell in love with the browns, my first Newf was a Landseer which was my first love since I was a teenager.
After Thunder, getting a brown was the only option for me.
Where To Find A Brown Newfoundland Dog Breeder
A great starting place to search for brown Newfoundland dog breeders is on the NCA’s breeder list.
Although keep in mind that not all good Newfie breeders are listed there.
You can also reach out to a Newfoundland ambassador or reach out to someone who has owned a brown Newfoundland dog.
Brown Newfoundland Dog Price
The price of a brown Newfoundland dog should not differ from the price of any other Newfoundland dog color.
Brown is not a rare color although there are not as many brown Newfoundland dog breeders as there are black Newfoundland dog breeders.
Brown Newfie Temperament
The most important characteristic of any Newfoundland dog is a sweet and docile temperament.
Color should not play a roll in that important trait.
I’ve never had a black Newfie so I can’t personally comment on how they compare but many people have said that a brown Newfie shares the same personality as a black Newfie.
Possibly not as goofy as the Landseers.
Sherman and Leroy were both brown but their personalities were totally different.
Shades Of Brown
When I got my first books about Newfoundlands, the browns were referred to as Chocolate and sometimes Bronze.
Now they are just referred to as just Browns.
There are different shades of brown Newfoundlands but they are still called brown.
Sherman was a deeper brown and almost looked black back in his younger days whereas Leroy was more of lighter brown.
In today’s age, breeders should not be trying to lure you in with words such as rare “bronze or chocolate” color because it is just brown.
They also should not be referred to as red or liver, which I have unfortunately heard before.
Coat color may be based on a few things such as the color of the bitch and sire and their gene pool.
Another factor that can weigh in on the color of brown is how much time the dog is outside.
Just like in humans, natural sunlight can lighten the color of the hair.
Brown Newfies can have lighter brown fur on their leg furnishings and on their tail.
Brown Newfs may also have lighter eyes than black or Landseers but the color of their eyes should not be so light that they affect their trademark sweet and soft expression.
The older that Sherman and Leroy got, the lighter their fur became and I noticed that if I clipped their hair it came back lighter but this was when they were older.
Some brown Newfies will also have small patches of white on their chin, chest, toes, and tail.
Do Brown Newfies Shed More Than Black Newfies?
Coat color shouldn’t play into how much hair a Newfie sheds, except maybe for a Landseer.
Some people claim that the white on a Landseer is a different texture and sheds more than black or brown but there’s no solid evidence to back this.
Shedding is going to be more due to coat density and genetics than color.
Sherman did shed more than Leroy.
Sherman also had a much thicker undercoat and generally a different texture in coat than Leroy.
Brown Newfoundland Dog Health Issues
I’m not aware of any health problems that are associated with brown Newfies in general.
The only color Newf that would have health issues related to color would be the grey Newfoundland and that would be alopecia due to the dilute gene.
Brown Newfoundland Dogs In Canada
You won’t find many brown Newfoundland dogs in Canada and even fewer breeders of browns if any because the color is not acceptable there.
Acceptable colors in Canada are only black and white & black (Landseer)
If you’re looking for a brown Newfoundland breeder in Canada you should gear your search towards the states or overseas.
I love all Newfies regardless of color but there is something about the browns that will always have my heart.