Wellington our first Newfoundland dog brought us a lot of fun. This page started out as a way for us to easily access his photos. We thought we would also use Wellington’s page to answer the questions that any Newfoundland dog custodian is asked on a regular basis.

Five day old Newfoundland pup



We are often asked how big Newfoundland pups are when they are born.

Newfoundland dogs start life very small. This Newfoundland pup (Henry or one of his littermates) is just five days old.

Wellington at four months old



To the right is Wellington at four months old. In his prime Wellington weighed in at around 70 kgs, toward the larger end of the scale for a male Newfoundland dog in New Zealand. The largest Newfs we have seen have been around 85 kilos, but we have heard of them going well beyond that.

Wellington with Shelby



Here Wellington keeps our young friend Shelby company at breakfast time. Newfoundlands eat a lot when they are growing, but as adult dogs tend to take less feeding than you may think.

Wellington & Michelle, Palmerston North



Many people think you need a huge sheepstation or ten acre block to keep a Newf. In fact Newfoundland dogs are fine in reasonably confined spaces and make great family dogs. They were bred to spend a lot of time on fishing boats in Newfoundland.

When fully grown, Newfoundland dogs need a good walk every day but care should be taken not to excersise a young Newf too vigorously. A very short walk is safe after a few months until the pup reaches about a year of age, when his / her bones have strengthened enough to take all that weight.

A young Wellington runs on Foxton beach

...A Newfoundland dog usually also enjoys a swim as often as possible.

Wellington "saving" MumWellington "Saving" Dad
With webbed feet and a tail used as a rudder most Newfs love water. Wellington was no exception. He really enjoyed water days with the Southern Newfoundland Society. Newfoundand dogs generally have an instinct for rescuing people in difficulty from the water. A Newfoundland dog will swim around a person until that person 'grabs' him or her. The Newfoundland will then rescue the swimmer by towing them back to shore and safety. In a boating situation a Newfoundland dog will often take a piece of wood attached to a rope and boat to tow the boat with a person aboard back to shore. Wellington had a natural talent for water rescue...The first time 'Mum' was in the boat Wellington launched away from me, tearing his lead out of out of my hands, into the water after the boat. Instinctively he brought his Mum back to shore.

Newfoundland club carting day




Like most Newfoundlands Wellington enjoyed carting...

Newfoundlands often like carting




...Posing while carting...

Winter at Darfield






...Anything to do with snow...

A young Wellington with the Castle girls




...and children...

Fully grown Newfoundland meets Shelty pup





He liked spending time with his "cousin" Kelsey, the Shetland Sheepdog, pictured here as a pup with our sister Maree.

Hi there!




Right and below, Wellington at almost eight years old meets Kiwa, a nine week old Newfoundland pup bred by Ellen & Mick Dabner. Kiwa lives with our friend Hadyn in Christchurch and is big brother to one of our other Newfoundland dogs, 'Henry'.

I'll just do what you do...


A cute and cuddly Newfoundland pup often turns into a big, boisterous teenager who wants to be in charge of your pack. Wellington was no exception.

Training for you and your Newf from a very early age is absolutely essential.

Newfoundlands grow quickly



Thirteen months after the above photo was taken Kiwa had gained a few kilos...


Newfoundland dogs love to swim

...and the boys enjoy a swim together at a north Canterbury beach.

Its my stick!




Here they are another few months later taking a river swim.

Newfoundland Kiwa



A wet Newfoundland is a happy dog...

Wellington gets wet



...The wetter the better!




Newfoundland Wellington looks on





We think Wellington was still a very handsome chap at ten years of age.

...and a happy New Year!



Here (right) are Wellington's Newfoundland friends Topsy & Magnum. They seem to be into Christmas and we reckon Charlotte, their mum might be into icecream.

Due largely to their size, Newfoundland dogs have a life expectancy of only around ten - twelve years.

Newfoundland Hootie




This is Wellington's litter mate and brother Hootie at around two years of age. What a face!

Palmerston North sunset

We took Wellington out and about as much as possible, usually to the delight of the people we met. When Wellington reached ten years of age he was no longer up to lengthy walks. A short stroll around the block & plenty of rides in the car were more suitable.

Over the years we have been seriously asked many times if Wellington is a dog or a bear. At least once every walk someone would ask the obligatory "Have you got a saddle for him?" One of the best questions was "When will he turn black?". Newfoundlands come in four colours. Black, White and black (Landseer), Brown and very occasionally grey. Both blacks and browns sometimes have splashes of white.

Newfoundland Wellington at eleven years of age.




Here's our old boy on his eleventh birthday. He was no longer up to much, even a short walk was a big effort. Although he needed a hand to get in the car he still enjoyed going places.

Despite the deterioration of his mobility he remained happy and alert until his body gave out during his thirteenth year.

Typical Newfoundland stance

Please note that all images on this site are copyright.

Wellington was bred by our friends at Newfcorp. His birthday was July 14,1996 and he left the world on September 26, 2008.