If you love the Newfoundland but don’t want a Newfoundland specifically, or if you simply want to know what other dogs are like them out there, you’ve come to the right place. While we’re not going to highlight the Newfoundland for you here, we are going to highlight 12 different breeds that are similar to them in different ways.
From the Bernese Mountain Dog to the Labrador Retriever, they all have similarities to the Newfoundland, and we’ll break it all down for you below!
The 12 Dog Breeds Similar to Newfoundland Dogs
1. Bernese Mountain Dogs
|23 to 27.5 inches
|70 to 115 pounds
With a similar height, appearance, and weight as the Newfoundland, the Bernese Mountain Dog could be a close cousin of this giant breed. The Bernese Mountain Dog does great with children and other pets, and no matter what, they want more attention from their owners.
They also shed a ton, and despite their larger size, they have higher energy levels, which means they could benefit from a fenced-in yard.
|27.5 to 30 inches
|120 to 230 pounds
Few dogs can make a Newfoundland feel short, but that’s the case with a Mastiff. Smaller Mastiffs are about the same size as a Newfoundland, but larger ones can dwarf this already massive dog. The Mastiff does have a shorter average lifespan.
The Mastiff gets along great with children, but because of their larger size, you should be a little more careful with them around other dogs. Overall, they’re incredibly loving though, so you shouldn’t have any issues with them around people.
3. Alaskan Malamute
|22 to 26 inches
|75 to 85 pounds
The Alaskan Malamute is a slightly smaller dog breed than a Newfoundland, but they have a similar appearance. They’re not always the best around kids or other dogs, but they also don’t demand as much attention as a Newfoundland. Still, they love pleasing their owners and are relatively easy to train—you just have to provide consistency.
4. Saint Bernard
|26 to 30 inches
|120 to 180 pounds
Another breed that’s similar in size and temperament as the Newfoundland is the Saint Bernard. They’re a large dog breed that does great with kids and is extremely loving, but you need to be a bit more careful with them around other dogs.
They’re excellent watchdogs, and while they’re not the easiest to train, with a bit of consistency they’re not the most stubborn dogs either!
|25.5 to 31.5 inches
|90 to 170 pounds
The Leonberger might be the least well-known dog breed on our list so far, but that doesn’t mean they’re not similar to the Newfoundland. In fact, the Leonberger descends from Newfoundlands, as Germans bred them with St. Bernard’s in the 19th century.
They’re extremely loving pups that love to please their owners, and with long coats, they’re among the most adorable large dogs too!
6. Golden Retriever
|21.5 to 24 inches
|55 to 75 pounds
While the Golden Retriever might not immediately remind you of a Newfoundland, it’s their similar personalities that bring them onto the list. Both dogs are incredibly loving and great with kids, which is part of the reason both breeds are so popular.
7. Great Dane
|28 to 35 inches
|100 to 200 pounds
What do Great Danes and Newfoundlands have in common? For starters, they’re both extremely massive dogs. Not only that, but both breeds want as much attention as they can get, and with proper socialization, they both do great with kids and other dogs.
Finally, both breeds make great guard dogs, although with their sweet and loving temperaments, it might be hard to see why once you have one in your home for a while.
8. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
|23.5 to 28.5 inches
|85 to 140 pounds
Another large and loving dog that might remind you a bit of a Newfoundland is the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. They get along great with kids and want constant attention, and with proper socialization, they can get along great with other dogs.
They tend to get along great with everyone, but they have higher energy levels, so we recommend having a fenced-in yard with space for them to roam if you’re thinking about getting one.
9. Great Pyrenees
|25 to 32 inches
|85 to 100 pounds
The Great Pyrenees is a smidge smaller than the Newfoundland, but they’re far from a small dog. Their appearance also is strikingly similar to a Newfoundland, and when you compare personalities, they’re pretty similar too.
They want constant attention, and while they can get along great with kids and other dogs, you need to socialize them consistently to ensure this is the case.
10. Irish Wolfhound
|30 to 32 inches
|150 to 180 pounds
While the Irish Wolfhound doesn’t look much like a Newfoundland, they do have a similar height and weight and have similar personalities. They all want tons of attention, and most Irish Wolfhounds get along great with other dogs and can get along great with kids with consistent socialization.
They’re great guard dogs, but part of this is that you’ll want to take a few extra precautions before letting them loose around new people.
11. Estrela Mountain Dog
|24.5 to 29 inches
|75 to 135 pounds
The Estrela Mountain Dog isn’t the most common breed out there, and because of this, it’s common for people to confuse them with the Newfoundland. They’re of similar height and weight, and they have a long coat that’s strikingly similar to the Newfoundland.
And like the Newfoundland, the Estrela Mountain Dog wants as much attention as they can get, and you’re not going to find a dog breed that does better with children of all ages.
12. Labrador Retriever
|22 to 24 inches
|55 to 80 pounds
The Labrador Retriever is another dog breed that doesn’t immediately draw comparisons to the Newfoundland, but they have strikingly similar personalities. They both want tons of attention and get along great with people, kids, and other dogs, making them great family companions.
Whether you want a Newfoundland or a dog like them, there are plenty of choices out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re in love with their appearance or their personality, tons of dogs are similar in one way or another.
But while they’re similar, no dog is going to offer everything that Newfoundland offers, so if it’s a Newfoundland that you want, it’s a Newfoundland that you should get!
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