St. John's water dog

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Breed Type



10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Extinct
Popularity/Rank 328
Origin Canada
Other Names Lesser Newfoundland, St. Johns Dog, St. John’s Newfoundland
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) Unavailable
Size Large
Weight Male: 40-90 pounds (18-40 kg),
Female: 35-85 pounds (16-38 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (55-61 cm),
Female: 21-23 inches (54-59 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companionship
Date of Origin 1880
Ancestry Portuguese Water Dog

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Hard, Thick, Waterproof
Coat Colors Black, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown, Hazel, Amber, Blue, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Liver, Yellow, Red, Cream
Coat Color Possibilities Black, White, Brown, Silver, Golden, Red, Cream, Blue, Grey
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Nail clippers, Grooming scissors.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Alert, Caring, Cheerful, Friendly, Intelligent, Loyal, Playful, Sportive, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Yes
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 30 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3/4 cup
Daily Cost $50-$75
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the St. John's water dog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The St. John’s Water Dog is a medium-sized breed of dog that originated in Newfoundland, Canada. It is a strong and hardy breed that was originally used as a working dog to help fishermen haul in their nets. The St. John’s Water Dog has a thick double coat that is waterproof and comes in black, brown, or white with tan markings.

The lifespan of the St. John’s Water Dog is between 10 and 12 years, with an average size of 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 40 and 60 pounds. The coat colors can range from solid black or brown to white with tan markings on the face, legs, chest, and tail tip.

The personality of the St. John’s Water Dog is loyal and affectionate towards its family members but can be wary of strangers until it gets to know them better. This breed loves being around people but also enjoys its alone time as well as playing outdoors in water or snow activities such as swimming or sledding.

The St. John’s Water Dog is friendly with other dogs, children, cats, and other animals when properly socialized from an early age; however they may be protective over their family members if they feel threatened by another animal or person so it's important to introduce them slowly into new situations while monitoring their behavior closely at all times for safety reasons

The temperament of the St. John’s Water Dog is active yet gentle; they are eager to please their owners which makes them easy to train for basic obedience commands such as sit/stay/come etc., although they may need some extra patience when learning more complex tasks due to their independent nature

The health of the St. John’s Water Dog is generally good but like all breeds there are certain health issues that can affect them such as hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joint does not fit properly), eye problems (cataracts), ear infections (otitis externa) and skin allergies (atopy). Regular vet checkups are recommended for this breed in order to detect any potential health issues early on before they become serious problems

The adaptability level of the St Johns water dog dog is high; this breed loves being around people so it does best when living indoors with its family rather than outside alone; however it will need plenty of exercise each day either through long walks/runs or playing fetch games in order for it stay healthy both physically & mentally

The benefits of having a St Johns water dog as a pet include its loyalty & affection towards its owners along with its intelligence & willingness to learn new things quickly which makes training easier than some other breeds; plus this breed loves being around people so it's great for families who want an active companion who will always be up for fun activities!


The St. John's water dog is a breed of dog that originated in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The breed was nearly extinct by the early 21st century, but it has since been revived and is now recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club and the United States Kennel Club.

The St. John's water dog is believed to be descended from the Newfoundland dog, which was brought to Newfoundland by English settlers in the 18th century. The Newfoundland dog was used for hunting and fishing, as well as for pulling carts and sleds. The St. John's water dog is named after the city of St. John's, Newfoundland, where the breed was first developed.

The St. John's water dog was nearly extinct by the early 21st century, due to a combination of factors including cross-breeding with other breeds of dogs, lack of interest in the breed, and declining numbers of working dogs in Newfoundland. However, the breed has been revived in recent years through efforts by breeders in Canada and the United States. The St. John's water dog is now recognized by both the Canadian Kennel Club and the United States Kennel Club.