It is believed that the Newfoundland Dog breed originated in Newfoundland and is a descendant of the Great Pyrenees. Known as both a working dog and water dog, Newfoundlands were commonly found pulling carts or on the deck of a boat. With its webbed feet and strong physique, many a story has been told of men, women and children beings rescued from the seas. Even today one can hear stories about the lifesaving abilities of newfs. They are best know for their sweet disposition. They are loyal and devoted companions, they make wonderful additions to any family, they are known as "Gentle Giants".
The Newfoundland dog is known for "working" in such events as water rescue, draft, tracking and companion dog.