Breed Information: Newfoundland

Breed Description: The Newfoundland is a large breed of dog that is almost similar in appearance to a bear cub. This breed has a thick, strong coat, is a superb swimmer and is know for personifying loyalty and devotion. Despite the Newfoundland's imposing size, his docile, friendly nature makes him an ideal companion.
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Group: Working Group

Purpose of Breed: Assist fishermen in hauling nets to shore

Country of Origin: Newfoundland, Canada.

Average Size: Ranges from 26-28 inches and 100 to 130 pounds depending on sex.

Color(s): Typically black or brown, also gray or white with black markings.

Coat Type: Flat, dense, strong hair that is slightly oily.

Grooming: This breed's coat needs to be groomed often to prevent matting. The coat should be bathed with plain water (no soaps) only when necessary to avoid drying out the oils that keep it water resistant. This breed requires standard care for eyes, pads and nails. Skin and ears should be checked regularly for parasites and irritation.

Exercise Needs: This is a moderately active breed of dog that requires plenty of daily exercise to stay mentally and physically healthy. They especially love swimming in calm waters. The Newfoundland should be walked on a lead and have access to a fenced yard in urban settings.

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Temperament: The Newfoundland is one of the most loyal dog breeds. He is intelligent and sensitive-training with positive reinforcement works best. The Newfoundland becomes deeply attached to his owner and does not like to be separated from him or change owners. This breed is playful and trustworthy and enjoys the company of children.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to hip dysplasia, heart abnormalities, "growing pains" and skin problems.

Life Expectancy: Averages 8-10 years.

Trivia: The Newfoundland has the strength of size and lung capacity necessary to swim long distances-useful for helping rescue people in danger of drowning.

More Information: Newfoundland Club of America, Inc.

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By Rhonda Goodyear (Guest Post)
April 20, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, My husband and I have a 8 year old Newfie Dog and we got him when he was 10 wks old. He is the most gentle, loveable and beautiful dog we have ever had. They are truely your companion for life. He loves the winters outside, but also loves being inside with us. Has to see his owners at all times and remember they see and feel the same as humans. Where ever you go they will follow and where ever you are sitting they will be there lying at your feet. I love him like a child and I treat him like a child. He deserves nothing but the best.

Editor's Note: Rhonda, it would be great if you could submit a picture. I don't think we have had a Newfie in the pet pictures yet.

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By Cindy R (Guest Post)
March 25, 20080 found this helpful

Newfoundlands are incredibly loving, docile companions. I got my "Beau" when he was 10 wks old and he was hands down the best dog I've ever had. He lived to the ripe old age of 11, was energetic and playful to the end and had a heart of gold. As big as he was and as intimidating as he could be, it was as if he sensed it with children and made a point to sit very still when they approached him to pet him, which he LOVED!!

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He adored attention and was as loyal and smart as a dog could be. Extremely easy to train and I would have another Newf in a heartbeat if I hadn't downsized housing recently. Wonderful family dog and all around companion!

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By Courtney D. (Guest Post)
April 5, 20080 found this helpful

I recently bought a beautiful Newfie from the SPCA, the whole litter was saved from a reserve and those 6 pup's found homes within hours. She is my very first puppy, and I am so lucky to have a great loving and intellegent pup! I've had her for a month now, she is 11 weeks old and can already "stay", "come", shake both paws, sit and lay down on commant, incredible! Its still cold outside so she has yet to be in the water, but she loves the bath tub, she oes crazy with joy just be being a little wet near running water. I think she may be mixed with mallamute because her eyes are ctystal blue, almost white at times... any advise from anyone about this? She is identical to a little neuf, I've done my research and I recommend this breed to anyone who wants a patient and loving companion!

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By Debbie (Guest Post)
November 24, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, just to say that i love these dogs. My friend has a 6 year old male called Benson, Here is a picture of him!!

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