Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Newfoundland Dog

This is a postcard of "Champion" Black Sambo owned by Hal Duffett, Terra Nova Kennels reg'd Breeders of the famous Newfoundland Dogs.  The Willows Marine Drive, St John's  NFLD.   This postcard is from the early 1980's.                         

The Newfoundland is a breed of large dog.  Newfoundlands can be black, brown, gray or black and white.  They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fisherman in the Dominion of Newfoundland.  They are known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm disposition and loyalty.  Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving due to their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet and innate swimming abilities.  Males weight range 130-150lbs, females 100-120lbs.

In the water, the dog's massive webbed paws give it maximum propulsion.  The swimming stroke is not an ordinary paddle.  Unlike other dogs, the Newfoundland moves its limbs in a down-and-out motion, which can be seen as a modified breaststroke.  This gives it more power with every stroke.

Many tales have been told of the courage displayed by Newfoundlands in adventuring and lifesaving exploits.  One famous Newfoundland was a dog named "Seaman", who accompanied American explorers Lewis and Clark on their expedition. [1]

I have only met a Newfoundland Dog once in my life.  This happened about a year ago while in the Pet Store, getting food for my Golden Retriever.  Being the Dog Lover that I am, and having a mother who was born in Newfoundland, I quickly made my way over to this handsome black stoic creature and his owner.  I found him to be extremely friendly and well mannered.  His owner told me all about him and her life with this "gentle giant".  I hope to meet a Newfoundland Dog again someday.
The photo on the right is of my Golden Retriever "Lucy".  She is the 3rd Golden Retriever I have been fortunate to live with.  I have learned that the Golden Breed is a cross between the Irish Setter, the sandy-colored Bloodhound, the St John's Water Dog of Newfoundland and the wavy-coat Black Retriever. [2]  Although Golden's are not as large as Newfoundlands, they share similarities of being good natured, loyal, and strong.  So, Lucy has a little "Newfie" in her too.

[2]   Golden Retriever, History


  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"

  2. Elaine, I can totally relate to your early love of genealogy! I, too, became fascinated at a very early age. It is so fascinating to uncover all these family stories, and so rewarding to write them and post them where they can be saved, shared, and passed down to other family members--both those closely related and those proverbial distant cousins we never knew we had!

    Welcome to GeneaBloggers--a supportive community of like-minded writers and researchers.

  3. Welcome to Geneabloggers. I'm sure you'll find quite a number of blogs on Geneabloggers which are very interesting.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

  4. Welcome.....Thirty years ago, when my husband and I lived in Europe, the people next door to us had a Newfoundland retriever. In the summer they would have to keep him chained because he would he would run to the local pond and "rescue" the local swimmers.

  5. When we were kids there was a Newfoundland in our neighborhood for many years. We would see him every day and he would often come and hang out with all us kids at the playground. His name was Inky and he was huge. Everyone in the neighborhood new and liked Inky. He had a nice disposition with people and other dogs.

    Welcome to Geneabloggers, good to have you here!

  6. Loved you post, Elaine. Congratulations on joining Geneabloggers!