Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Newfoundland and St. Bernard

The Newfoundland and St. BernardTwo dogs which rival the Eskimo in their ability to endure deep snow and extreme cold are the St. Bernard and the Newfoundland, both of which have become famous as savers of life.
Both are well-known subjects of the poet and the painter, who delight to record their heroic deeds or their simple fidelity. The Newfoundland has the further unique distinction among dogs of being figured on a postage stamp of his native land. He is a wonderful swimmer and is credited with saving many people from drowning.

It is a real pity that this noble, useful and typically american dog should have lost popularity to such an extent that now he is almost never seen

Only two strains arc preserved, so far as can be learned one in England and one
in New Jersey. Therefore it was a great pleasure as well as a great assistance in the making of the plate to meet face to face at the Westminster show of 1918 the straight descendant of the very dog whose photograph had been the artist's model.

The magnificent St. Bernard carries on better than any other breed the qualities that characterize the Newfoundland. For many years the breed, which had been perfected and stabilised in England, was used as a farmer's helper, having the intelligence needed for a herding dog and the weight and willingness to churn and do other real work.

His benignity and unquestioned gentleness made him a very desirable guard and companion for children, and his deep voice rather than his actual attack was usually a sufficient alarm against unwonted intrusions.

Aside from these tine qualities, however, his mere beauty and staunch dependability should have been sufficient to preserve him from the fate that seems to be almost accomplished.

Weighing from 120 to 150 pounds and standing 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder, the deep furred, massive headed, and kind-eyed Newfoundland was one of the most impressive of dogs.

He was strong, active, and leonine both in looks and in action, having a rolling, loosely knit gait. There were two recognized colors all black (white toes and breast spot were not defects, however) and white, with large black patches over the ears and eyes and on the body, the latter being known as Landseer Newfoundlands, because a dog of this type is the subject of Sir Edwin Landseer's well-known painting, "A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society."

The forehead was domed almost to the point of looking unnatural; the broad forehead,
deep jaw, flews, and dewlaps betokened a kind and gentle nature.

From The Book of Dogs: An Intimate Study of Mankind's Best Friend By National Geographic Society (U.S.), Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Ernest Harold Baynes Published 1919. 109 pages Original from Harvard University.

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stellaluna said...

This is not a Newfoundland and a Saint Bernard, it is two Newfoundlands -- a common solid colored individual (they are normally found in solid black and solid bronze), and a bicolor or "Landseer" variety Newfie in black and white. Same breed, different colors. The Landseer used to be quite uncommon but they are becoming more popular these days.

The Saint Bernard is a red, black and white colored dog of similar stature.

sookietex said...

Hi stellaluna, thanks for stopping by. Love your Metropolis avatar [i have a black and white t-shirt of the image too :-)].

Anonymous said...

There are several breeders in the Midwest. We got ours from a great breeder in Northern MN. I'm not sure why it says they are only in New Jersey and Europe.

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