How to Draw a Newfoundland Dog

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Newfoundland Dog in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Newfoundland Dog.

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How to Draw a Newfoundland Dog - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: A Newfoundland dog is a big dog with a very thick coat, so it can live comfortably in very cold weather. To draw yours, start with the head. Draw a slope that curves out to the nose. Then with one smooth line go down, and curve in to make the cheeks. Then add another line that goes from the tip of the mouth and curves down to the neck.

Step 2: Let's add some detail to the face. Put in a small curve for the nose, and a small oval for an eye. Next, put in one long curve for the ear, leaving a gap at the back to imply its connection to the head.

Step 3: To draw the chest, put in a line that curves out from the neck, then down and to the right. Make the leg with two lines that start far apart, then get closer as they go down. The bottom of the leg should have a looping curve that makes the foot. Add a few lines on that foot to make the individual toes.

Step 4: Now draw a long, sloping, and curving line for the back of the dog. Let the curve go all the way down to the rear of the animal. Then draw a slightly upward line to the right from the leg you've drawn to make the belly. Leave room to draw the other leg, though!

Step 5: Now draw the other leg with two lines that curve towards eachother, then out to make the lower leg. There should be a looping curve at the bottom to make the foot, with a few lines on it to make the toes.

Step 6: Now draw a loop at the very back, that starts halfway down the rear, to make the tail, and you're finished!

Interesting Facts about Newfoundland Dogs

Newfoundland dogs are part of the breed of working dogs. They originally come from, as their name suggests, Newfoundland, an island in Canada. More than 1,000 Vikings that trekked to Canada brought the Newfoundland dogs with them.

Did You Know?

  • Newfoundland dogs are famous for their ability to rescue people from drowning in water. They have webbed paws that make them excellent swimmers.
  • On average, male Newfoundland dogs weigh between 130 and 150 pounds. They stand at about 28 inches tall. Female Newfoundland dogs weigh 100 to 120 pounds, and they are about 26 inches tall.
  • Newfoundland dogs have a long outer coat and a shorter inner coat. The color of their coats is usually black and white, dark brown, or tan. Their inner coat is not as thick during the summer.
  • The average life expectancy of Newfoundland dogs is 8 to 10 years.
  • Newfoundland dogs tend to drool a lot.

Although they have a large build, Newfoundland dogs are very gentle and calm around children. They are one of the friendliest dogs, and they are loyal to their owners. Newfoundland dogs are nice around strangers, unless they have a bad feeling about them. That is what makes them ideal guard dogs for families.