Newfoundland Dog Colours: the Various Beautiful Coat Shades

Newfoundland dog colours

Newfoundland dog colours are flat out stunning! As a lover of big dogs, I’m often quite smitten when meeting the famous Newfoundland dog. The breed is famous for being a water dog, but shares its roots with the Mastiff family, rumoured to be the distant Portuguese Mastiff. 

I’ve been an owner of Mastiffs for years and I’m always struck by how beautiful their coat colours can be, especially for this fluffy bear. Newfoundland dogs, known for their sweet and gentle nature, are one of the most loved dog breeds in the world. Apart from their incredible temperament, they also possess a beautiful coat that comes in various colours. 

If you’re looking to welcome a Newfoundland dog into your home, first off, congratulations! You’ve got yourself a walking compliment machine. But given the choice, what colour would you choose? 

As you read on, we’ll provide you with a quick guide to the Newfoundland dog colours, including the different coat shades, the genetics that drive them, and some basic grooming tips (be prepared – grooming will become part of your daily routine). 

The Different Newfoundland Dog Coat Colours

Newfoundland dogs come in four primary coat colours: black, brown, grey, and Landseer. Landseer is a unique coat pattern that is white with black spots. 

It’s typically quite common to see litters of black and brown Newfoundland’s, these are the colours that are typically high in demand. That said, many will also have white markings too. My personal favourite is brown (not that you asked…). 

It’s important to note that your Newfie may have different colours and markings which are not part of your country’s breeding standard. However, that does not mean for one second that your Newfie isn’t a pedigree, it simply means that it wouldn’t meet the criteria of a show dog. 

DescriptionStandard ColourRegistration Code
White & BlackYes202
Black & TanNo018
White & BrownNo204
White & GreyNo210
AKC Breed Standard – Colours & Registration Codes

This table provides a list of standard colours for a particular registration code. The code corresponds to a specific colour of a given object, likely a product or service. The table includes common colours such as beige, black, brown, and grey, as well as two-toned colour combinations such as black and tan, white and black, white and brown, and white and grey. Each colour has a unique registration code assigned to it, which can be used to differentiate between similar colours or shades. 

The Black Newfoundland Dog

Black is the most common colour for Newfoundland dogs. Their coat is solid black, shiny, and lustrous. Their eyes are often darker than their brown counterparts. The black coat on a Newfoundland dog is the breeding standard for the majority of countries. 

Black Newfoundland Dog

The black coat requires grooming every other day, depending on the activity of your dog. It’s fairly common for Newfies to be rolling in mud and finding an opportunity to dive into water whenever possible. This means the coat can become tangled and matted. That said, because the coat is black, it doesn’t show dirt so easily as the Landseer colour. 

The Brown Newfoundland Dog

The brown Newfoundland dog has a coat that is a rich, warm brown, and their eyes are usually a light amber colour. The brown coat is as challenging to maintain as the black coat and requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangles.

Brown Newfoundland’s come in different shades. Usually you will see a lighter “bronze” shade, and a darker “chocolate” shade. The shade of their coats may change colour as they age or if they spend a lot of time outside in the sun. These days, many breeders will just revert to calling them “brown” so as not to falsely advertise. 

The brown Newfie is part of the breed standard for most countries. 

The Grey Newfoundland Dog 

Grey Newfoundland dogs have a beautiful silver-grey coat that’s unique to the breed, it is basically a diluted version of the black coat. Their eyes are usually a deep brown, and their coat may have slight black shading.

The grey Newfie is actually considered the rarest of all the colours and is highly sought after which may affect the price. The grey coat is also part of the breeding standard in America which may influence the price if you’re looking for a show dog.  As with the other colours, the grey coat requires regular grooming to keep it looking its best. 

If the grey coat is up your street, you should research the best Newfoundland breeders in your country and reach out to them. 

The Black & White (Landseer) Newfoundland Dog

The Landseer Newfoundland dog is white with black spots on the body and black ears. The black spots are irregular, and no two Landseer dogs have the same pattern, how cool! 

The black and white Newfoundland dog likely requires the most grooming of all the coat colours. This is typically because of their love of mud and water in all forms. Although the water may take care of some of this, the chances are you’ll want to bathe this one more than the others. 

The Landseer Newfie is part of the breed standard in America. You may also come across a colour often referred to as the “Irish Spotter”. This is essentially the reverse of a Landseer (black with white spots). 

Coat Colour Genetics of Newfoundland Dogs

Newfoundland dog coat colours are determined by genetics. The black colour is the dominant gene, while brown is recessive. Grey is also recessive, and Landseer is a separate gene altogether. 

Breeding two black Newfoundland dogs can result in black, brown, or grey puppies. Breeding a black and brown Newfoundland dog can result in black, brown, or Landseer puppies. 

Common Myths about Newfoundland Dog Colours

There are several common myths about Newfoundland dog colours. One myth is that black Newfoundland dogs are more aggressive than other colours. This is entirely false, as a dog’s coat colour has nothing to do with their temperament. Another myth is that brown Newfoundland dogs are more prone to health issues than other colours. This is largely false because the colour should not dictate certain health issues. However, some dogs with mostly white coats may be more susceptible to too much sunlight exposure. 

The St Bernard is said to drool the most out of all other dog breeds. This is followed closely by the Dogue de Bordeaux.

The Newfoundland dog drools so much because of the anatomy of its face, mouth and jowls. However there are certain triggers such as overheating which can cause excessive drooling.

No, you cannot stop a Newfoundland dog from drooling entirely. Although there are measures that you can put in place to help reduce drool load like having a good understanding of their triggers such as food, excitement, etc.

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