Voyager Newfoundlands - About Newfoundlands...


The Newfoundland Dog originated in the Canadian maritime province of Newfoundland. Able helpers to the sturdy fishermen who trolled the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the massive nature of these dogs is intrinsic to their function and history. The early Newfoundland worked side by side with their owners to tame the harsh climate in which they lived. Hauling firewood and supplies, fishnets and mail were tasks that exemplified the utility of the breed, and innumerable case histories demonstrating the life saving instinct of these gentle giants solidified the close bond they developed with their human masters.

Even today, Newfoundlands are happiest when they can spend their day working side by side with their owners, even if that work consists of holding down the floor while the human works at a keyboard nearby.


Voyager's First Contact during harnesss and hitch at an NCA Draft Test


Voyager's Next Generation retrieving a boat cushion during the Canadian Water Rescue Dog Test

The Newfoundland Dogs of today no longer need to earn their keep by spending their days aboard fishing trawlers or hauling wood in for the fire, but they remain an active and versatile breed.The Newfoundland Club of America has worked for many years to showcase the instinctive work of the breed through Water Rescue and Draft tests. Regional Newfoundland clubs host fun events like pumpkin and Christmas tree pulls.

Newfoundlands excel as therapy, search & rescue, and service dogs and enjoy competing in obedience, agility, rally, freestyle and tracking events. Eager to please and intelligent, Newfoundland dogs as adaptable to as many different jobs as their owner would like to train them for. Most importantly, Newfoundland dogs are wonderful family pets and incomparable companions.



Newfoundland Dogs are large, easly earning their nickname, "Gentle Giants" ranging in height from 25"-30" at the shoulder and weigh from 100- 150 pounds. Males are typically bigger than females. The size of a Newfoundland can be a challenge indoors, but is a great reason to eliminate clutter and nick-nacks from the coffee table and most household counters. READ THE ILLUSTRATED STANDARD

Newfoundlands have a thick double coat which requires regular grooming. Daily short sessions will ensure that their coat does not become a tangle of mats requiring hours of backbreaking labor. Twice a year they "blow coat" a process that will fill several large trash cans with soft downy undercoat. READ ABOUT PUPPY GROOMING.

Springborn's Peppertree Nikita, one of our fisr Newfs, wearing her backpack

Sarah reading to Peppertree's Springborn Nikita and Springborn's Sasha Bear

Newfoundland Dogs drool. There is no way to avoid this part of the breed. Some drool much of the time, most drool when hot or excited or when their is the potential of food being provided. A ready supply of drool towels and wash rags are handy for clean-up. READ MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF OWNING A NEWFOUNDLAND.

Being giant breed dogs, Newfoundlands do face some health issues. While screening breeding stock can lessen the chances of producing puppies with crippling problems, sometimes this can happen. Newfoundlands should be checked for hip and elbow dysplasia, sub-aortic stenosis and other cardiac anomolies, hypo-thyroidism, entropian and eyd defects and cystinuria. READ MORE ABOUT HEALTH ISSUES IN THE NEWFOUNDLAND.

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