10 loveable dog breeds that originated in Canada

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Newfoundland

Dogs don’t get much more Canadian than Newfoundlands: big, friendly, intelligent and used to the cold, they’re like the whole darn country distilled into dog form. Like Labradors, Newfoundlands are descended from St. John’s water dogs, but Newfs are thought to be the result of breeding them with mastiffs — which would account for their large size and great strength. Newfoundlands were particularly valuable for sailors, with their webbed feet and swimming technique enabling them to rescue drowning people, haul in nets, and even pull small boats. They’re such good swimmers that, at one point, they were required at lifeguard stands on the British coastline.

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