Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland. This large, strong, active dog impresses the eye with great strength, dignity and pride. Originating in Newfoundland, he is equally at home working in water or on land, and was used by fishermen to pull nets and haul carts. His heavy double coat, deep broad chest and well-sprung ribs make him a natural swimmer with true life-saving instincts. Unique gentleness, even temper and devotion make him an ideal companion for a child or adult. Colors are black, brown or gray with or without white markings, or white and black.