According to personal accounts by Canadian fisherman in the 1800’s, the Newfoundland was commonly used to pull fishnets, carry boat lines to shore, haul heavy equipment, and retrieve anything that went overboard from a boat. Newfoundlands have been most famously known for their natural ability to rescue people from the water. There have been numerous stories of a single Newfoundland rescuing more than fifty drowning victims during a shipwreck. Their innate ability to work and rescue people makes this a truly remarkable breed perfect as a nanny for Chicago children and the perfect babe-magnet for the Chicago single.

Aside from being able to work hard, the Newfoundland is known for its sweet temperament and bold appearance. Although Newfs are quite large, they are very sweet, friendly, and gentle which makes them the perfect Chicago dog. Chicago dog owners often call them gentle giants. The Newfoundland is loyal and devoted, so this breed is commonly used as a guardian or watchdog in Chicago neighborhoods that are becoming gentrified. The Newf’s personality is one of dignity, strength, power, and benevolence and serves as a protective barrier if you are walking alone down dark Chicago city streets. This is what makes the Newfoundland an all around great breed for Chicago adults and families with children.

In terms of appearance, the Newfoundland is a very large, heavily boned, and muscular dog. Webbed feet, and a water-resistant coat aid the Newf’s ability to swim. The coat of the Newfoundland is heavy, moderately long, and very full. The most common color for the breed is black. Newfs can also come in gray, brown, and, “Landseer.” Landseer is the name given to a Newfoundland with a black head, and a white and black body. Newfoundlands will grow to be between 22 and 27 inches tall at the shoulder. Males usually weigh between 130-150 pounds, and females weigh between 120-140 pounds. Overall, this breed has a great temperament and a beautiful appearance and is a perfect city dog for places like Chicago which have a hard winter.