The Newfoundland, also known as the Greater St. John’s Dog and the Newfie, is a large, loyal, long-haired breed with an uncertain ancestry. Whatever its heritage, the Newfie was (and is) remarkably well-suited to its island of origin. Its heavy coat provided protection against the long winters and frigid waters of Newfoundland Island. Its partially webbed feet made it a strong swimmer and an easy traveler over marshes and shores. It great size added to its physical prowess as a water-dog and fisherman’s assistant, and its calm disposition made it attractive to all whom it met. The Newfoundland was accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Working Group in 1886.