8 Facts About The Newfoundland
- Newfoundlands are popularly referred to as “Newfs” or “Newfies”.
- The Newfoundland breed originated in Newfoundland from an indigenous island breed that later became known as the St. John’s Dog.
- Newfoundlands are historically linked to many rescues of shipwrecked sailors.
- Napoleon Bonaparte was reportedly saved by a Newfoundland after he went overboard while escaping from exile on the island of Elba.
- Lord Byron wrote the famous poem ‘Epitaph To A Dog’ about his own dog, a Newfoundland name Boatswain.
- Famous owners of Newfoundlands: President Ulysses S. Grant, Robert F. Kennedy, Emily Dickinson, President Rutherford B. Hayes, President James Buchanan, and Meriwether Lewis.
- Newfoundlands were bred with the Retriever to create the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
- In Jane Eyre, Edward Fairfax Rochester’s dog Pilot was a Newfoundland.