National Geographic : 1941 Dec
© National Geographic Society Painting bydward Herbert Miner Strong-swimming, Partly Web-footed Newfoundland Dogs Rescue a Shipwreck Victim from IcyWaters Similar scenes have been enacted many times on the rocky coasts of Newfoundland, where these brave, powerfulswimmers evolved from theships' dogs ofearly fishermen. One ancestor is thought to have been the white Great Pyrenees (page 806), brought over by Basque mariners. Most Newfoundlands arewholly black; the white variety with black markings is commonly known as the Landseer Newfoundland. These dogs are devoted companions.