Every once and a while I write a column that gets a major response. The latest one was the May 2002 column clarifying that any colour for a Newf is allowed when registering them with the Canadian Kennel Club and in all CKC performance events. The only restriction is in conformation shows where only blacks and Landseers are permitted. Some people contacted me to just say “thank you” for clearing this up for them. Others, however, were interested in finding out where they could obtain a brown Newfoundland. This did not surprise me as it was recent comments from breeders that there was a rash of people inquiring about browns that prompted me to write the column.
Before I tell you where to get a brown or other exotic Newf, please accept this caution – if adopting a large, year-round shedder that may drool and needs lots of affection is not your idea of the perfect pet, then some exotic characteristic such as a rare colour will not make all the things you don’t like go away. In other words, if you can’t love a black Newf, then going for another colour doesn’t make sense.
There is nothing wrong, however, with wanting your Newf to be unique in some way, but this can be accomplished without going to a foreign country and spending mega bucks. Some people choose a black Newf that has an extra large white chest, or white toes or perhaps the tail tip is white. Others look for a unique personality such as the most mischievous in the litter or incredibly telling facial expressions, often in the eyes.
Outside of the show ring, Landseer (white and black) Newfs are still considered exotic. My late dear wife chose her first Newf exactly that way – it had to be a Landseer. When I took her for a walk, people would stop and ask me what breed she was. I would answer “Newfoundland” and they would respond “Newfoundland and what?”
Some people even try to find an all black Newfoundland – not even a single white hair anywhere on the body, sometimes referred to as “black for black”. I’ve heard of such Newfs but have never seen one. I have always found white hairs on every dog presented to me as “pure black”.
Anyway, if you must have a brown (or a grey) Newf, you can get a list of breeders who advertise having these colours at the website of the Newfoundland Club of America.
For those of you who would like to confine your search for that special Newf to the country of origin, check out the site of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.
Peter Maniate has been writing columns for the Newf News, the magazine of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada, since 1979. In 1996 he started writing a Newfoundland dog column in the Breedlines section of Dogs in Canada magazine on behalf of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada. When Dogs in Canada ceased publication at the end of 2011 he continued the Breedlines column in the Newf Newfs.
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