Why It's a Winner
Newfs are good-natured and laid back. They love to swim, take daily walks, pull carts, and carry backpacks (the last two come from the breed's history as a working dog). This outdoorsy breed could be the motivation a sedentary child needs to get more exercise.
Newfs drool a lot and shed a ton, especially if you don't brush them regularly.
Word of Caution
These playful giants (they generally grow to be between 110 and 150 pounds) are best suited to suburban and country living.