Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014 - 'N'

N - Norfolk/Norwich Terrier, Newfoundland

I knew nothing about either of these terriers until I looked them up, apparently the Norfolk is a variety of the Norwich Terrier. You can distinguish between them by looking at their ears.

A recently groomed Norfolk Terrier
(By Flillia; 6 April 2008; PD)
The Norfolk was recognised as a separate breed in 1960 and has dropped ears; the Norwich Terrier's ears are pricked,

You would have no problem identifying a Newfoundland from its size, A large dog weighing in at over 70kg, it hails from the province of Newfoundland in Canada where with its webbed feet and water resistant fur it was a dog favoured by fishermen.

Newfoundland Dog (Young R├╝de)

(By Gunter Rott, January 2006; Newfoundlanddog at de.wikipedia; CC BY-SA 3.0)
These large dogs may be black, brown, white and black (Landseer) or grey. That Landseer 'colour' arises from a series of paintings by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer of the black and white Newfoundlands.

Lion, a Newfoundland Dog - 1824 oil painting

(By Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - ex Google Art Project)
Newfoundlands feature in poems and stories.

Boatswain, the pet of Lord Byron, became the subject of his poem "Epitaph to a Dog" and had a memorial built for him at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire after his death from rabies.

The Boatswain Memorial (inscription)

(By Steve Dufour, 7 Sept 2007 - original photo by Ray Treece)
In literature the pet dog of Edward Fairfax Rochester in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" was a Newfoundland named Pilot.

It should come as no surprise that J M Barrie had a pet Landseer Newfoundland (Luath) which was said to have been the inspiration for Nana, the nurse dog of Wendy, John and Michael in his classic story of "Peter Pan."


21 Wits said...

Woof, woof! What a dog gone great dog post!

Bish Denham said...

The Norfolk is certainly a cutey. And what a tribute from Byron for his dog, how sad it died of rabies...

I always thought Nana was St. Bernard. Learn something every day.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - I love the Peter Pan stories, but had never realised there was a 'Landseer hue' - Newfoundlands are just beautiful creatures .. enormous too ...

What no nudes here - neither?!

Cheers Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

I also thought Nana was a St. Bernard. I was never a big fan of the Peter Pan story except that I so wanted a dog nanny.

Silvia Writes said...

Interesting -- about distinguishing by looking at their ears. The photos played a special role in that respect. Love Peter Pan, and now I know what served as the inspiration for Nana. Thank you.
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