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>When I’m home for the holidays this year, it would be really nice to have a big Newfoundland dog to roam the woods with. From Wikipedia, a little about their history:

“The breed originated in Newfoundland from a breed indigenous to the island, that later became known as the St. John’s Dog. The speculation they may be partly descended from the big black bear dogs introduced by the Vikings in 1001 A.D.[6] is based more in romance than in fact. It is more likely that their size results from the introduction of large mastiffs, brought to the island by many generations of Portuguese fishermen, who had been fishing the Grand Banks of Newfoundland since the 1400s. By the time colonization was permitted in 1610, the distinct physical characteristics and mental attributes had been established in the breed. In the early 1880s fishermen from Ireland and England traveled to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, where they described two main types of working dog: one more heavily built, large with a longish coat, whereas the other was lighter in build, an active, smooth-coated water dog. The heavier one was the Newfoundland and the other was the known as the Lesser St. John’s Dog, the forerunner of the Labrador Retriever. The dogs were used in similar ways to pull fishnets and heavy equipment. Many tales have been told of the courage displayed by Newfoundland’s in lifesaving exploits and this has attracted the attention of a large number of artists, who have portrayed the dogs in paint, stone, bronze and porcelain over the last two centuries. The breed prospered in the United Kingdom, until 1914 and again in 1939, when its numbers were almost fatally depleted by wartime restrictions. Since the 1950’s there has been a steady increase in numbers and popularity, while still remaining a relatively uncommon breed, this is not least because a Newfoundland’s great size, appetite and fondness for playing around in mud and water make it very unsuitable for most homes.”

Written by alexgfrank

December 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm

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