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4 Newfoundland Dog Colors & Markings (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove


Large. Powerful. Hardworking. These are the words that best describe the Newfoundland. You’ve most likely seen thebBlack Newfie, the most popular variation. However, you’ll also find a range of other shades, such as white, brown, gray, and even a black and white Newfie. They’re all so adorable that we have to show you our favorite pics.

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Newfoundland Colors Overview

The Landseer Newfoundland was the first color of this lovable breed. Only after selective breeding did the now most popular black variation steal the show. One thing is sure about this pooch: they are one of the most loving and adorable breeds of dog you’ll find. If you have the space for a big dog, the Newfie is an excellent place to start your search.

We’re sure we won’t have to work too hard to sell you on how lovable a Newfoundland is. See for yourself how cute they are!

Here is the full range of available Newfoundland colors:

Newfoundland fur colors

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard for the Newfoundland is an accurate reflection of the dog’s personality. They are muscular and heavy-boned canine. Their large head and dark brown eyes capture your attention immediately. They’ve got a happy face, and they have a massive chest with powerful legs and partially webbed feet for swimming. Everything about them portrays strength.

1. Black Newfoundland

Newfoundland in the river
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Black is one of three solid Newfoundland dog colors allowed by both AKC and UKC, with the others being brown and gray. Their double coat has wavy, long hair that is somewhat coarse and water-resistant. You may see some smattering of white or bronze-colored fur, too.

2. Brown Newfoundland

brown newfoundland
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The brown Newfoundland color is very striking with its rich chestnut hue. You may see small patches of white on their toes, chest, chin, and even the tip of their tail. Typically, markings are lighter than the solid shade. Finding these colors on your Newfie in places other than these would disqualify them from the show ring, but we think they look like big teddy bears in this hue, which is enough for an award in our books.

3. Grey Newfoundland

Grey Newfoundland
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This color variation is probably one of the least common. It is, nevertheless, striking. Like the other shades, a bit of bronze is often seen on the grey Newfoundland’s gorgeous coat. Interestingly, you’re not likely to find gray Newfies outside of the United States. Even so, solid-colored dogs didn’t appear on the scene until the 1840s.

4. Black and White Newfoundland Dog (Landseer)

newfoundland black and white
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The black and white Newfoundland is called the Landseer variation. White is the base often with a black saddle and rump. Their head is also this dark color, sometimes peppered with white on their muzzle. They may or may not have a white blaze on their head, too, with a white-tipped tail. It’s easy to see why so many painters find this variation the perfect subject for their art.

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Coat and Defining Traits

The Newfoundland’s history is tied to water and even the Lewis and Clark expedition. Consequently, the Newfoundland has a thick, dense coat that can handle the elements well. That’s a good thing, given their role as a rescuer of drowning victims. Their massive size enables them to carry out many pulling and endurance tasks. It is, after all, one of the jobs of this breed.

The Newfie is a handsome dog and many artists have captured their image in paintings and sculpture throughout the ages. Even famous people like Henry David Thoreau, Napoleon, Lord Byron, and Emily Dickinson have fallen under the Newfoundland’s spell. Is it any wonder why when you look into their big, brown eyes? This dog truly has it all.

Newfoundland Grooming and General Care 

Weekly brushing is a must for the Newfoundland because of the dense coat. A slicker brush is an ideal tool for the job. They don’t need professional grooming, although you may need to trim their beard occasionally. They shed twice a year and you can expect a lot of dog hair to vacuum when they do. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that this breed has a high tendency to drool, too.

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Temperament and Personality

Despite the size, the Newfoundland is a sweet, affectionate pooch. They are also intelligent and easy to train, with only a moderate tendency to wander or nip. The Newfie is laid-back but ready for a game of fetch if given a chance. Regular exercise and a daily walk will keep them happy and healthy. While not suited for apartment living, the Newfoundland doesn’t like to be alone and prefers the company of family.

The Newfie does well in households with children, showing remarkable patience with them. They are also excellent watchdogs. It’s probably one of the many reasons that the United Kennel Club (UKC) put the breed in the Guardian Dogs group. Senator and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy recruited this pooch for just that role for their family.

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Final Thoughts

Newfoundlands are wonderful pets with an interesting past that makes them a joy to own. While you may only think that they come in black, there are several other variations that are equally as cute and adorable. No matter which one you get, we’re sure that you’ll find them a faithful and affectionate companion that will make a welcome addition to your family and a friend to your children.

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