It should also be noted that the breed didn't look as massive back in 1600s when it was brought to England as it does today, further proving that other Molossers had a role in its creation, as well. Easily trained, docile and devoted, the Newfoundlander makes a great companion and therapy dog. A massive breed, the Newfie has a large head and a strongly boned body, with broad shoulders and sturdy legs.
Being richly double-coated, this breed needs regular brushing. Colours are uniform black, bronze brown, ghost-grey and there is also a bicolour variant, called a Landseer, after the painter Sir Edwin Landseer, but this type shouldn't be confused with a separate breed called European Landseer Mastiffs. Average height is around 28 inches.