During the second day of the Discovery Channel coverage of the AKC Eukanuba National Championship December 3, 2006, Newfoundland Dog has Bob Goen reported that show a strong tendency to rescue people from water. Goen stated that one Newfoundland alone once aided the rescue of 63 shipwrecked. Today, kennel clubs through demonstration of the rescue of the United States host Newfoundland, as well as offering courses in this area.
- An unnamed Newfoundland is credited with saving Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815. During his famous flight into exile on the island of Elba, Napoleon called rough seas in March A fisherman dog jumped into the water, and kept Napoleon afloat until he could reach safety.
- In 1828, Ann Harvey of Isle aux Morts, her father, her brother, and a Newfoundland dog called hairy man saved over 160 Irish immigrants from the wreck of the brig of transport.
- In 1881, in Melbourne, Australia, Newfoundland, called Nelson helped rescue Thomas Brown, a taxi driver who was dragged by the flood in Swanston Street on the night of Nov. 15. Although little is known about what was Nelson, a dog collar copper engraved with his name has survived 130 years after the rescue and was acquired by the National Museum of Australia and is now part of the National Historical Collection.
- In the 20th century, a dog believed to have been a Newfoundland saved 92 people who were in the SS Ethie, which sank off the northern peninsula of Newfoundland during a blizzard. The dog caught a rope thrown into the turbulent waters by those on the bridge, the rope and taken to shore to people waiting on the beach. A breeches buoy was attached to the rope, and all aboard were able to get any bank, including a child in a suitcase. Sinking of the ship can still be seen in Gros Morne National Park.
- In 1995, 10 months, Newfoundland and Labrador named Boo saved a man from drowning in the river Yuba deaf in northern California. The man fell into the river and the dredging of gold. Boo saw the struggle of man as he and his owner were walking along the river. The instinct of Newfoundland plunged into the river, took a drowning man by the arm and led him to safety. According to Janice Anderson, the creator of Newfoundland, Boo had not received training in water rescue.
The proof of Newfoundland "to save and sustain the activities of rescue, was quoted in a recent BBC article. The race continues in that role today, together, Leonberger dogs Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever are used in dog school Water Rescue Italian School Italian, SICS, founded by Ferruccio Pilenga.