The Newfoundland was originally bred and used as working dogs for fishermen in Newfoundland
In the early 1880s, fishermen and explorers from Ireland and England travelled to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, where they described two main types of working dogs. One was heavily built, large with a longish coat, and the other medium-sized in build – an active, smooth-coated water dog. The heavier breed was known as the Greater Newfoundland, or Newfoundland. The smaller breed was known as the Lesser Newfoundland, or St. John's Water dog. The St. John's water dog became the founding breed of modern retrievers. Both breeds were used as working dogs to pull fishnets, with the Greater Newfoundland also being used to haul carts and other equipment.
As a group we were established in 2021, but many of us have trained together previously. We have and still do welcome members to join us. The group is all about working with your Newf in Water, Carting and Obedience, we also occasionally practice Nose-work and Man-Trailing. Our aim is to encourage working with your dog, building and enhancing your bond, as well as preserving the working traits of the breed. We encourage people of all abilities and ages. Find us on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram
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