NEWFOUNDLAND DOG (Canis sensitis). A variety of large size, superior strength and sagacity, and a docile disposition: his feet are more palmated than is usual in webfooted dogs, and he is remarkably partial to the water. The breed was originally brought from the island of Newfoundland, where they are extremely useful to the settlers on the coasts, and are employed in drawing wood from the interior of the country to the seaside ; three or four of them yoked to a sledge will draw two or three hundred weight of wood, piled upon it, for several miles with great ease.
The real Newfoundland dog may be broken in to any kind of shooting ; and without additional instruction is generally under such command that he may be safely kept in if required to be taken out with pointers. For finding wounded game of every description, there is not his equal in the canine race; and he is a sine qua mm in the general pursuit of wild-fowl.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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