The Newfoundland, a member of the AKC Working group, loves the great outdoors, especially the water, and needs plenty of exercise. They are a brave and loyal companion and are also known as "Newfies" or "Newfs". Other nicknames, the "Gentle Giant" and "Nature's babysitter."
Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfie; this is one of the most important characteristics of the breed. His oversized body and thick, insulated coat helps keeps him warm - even to swim in icy water. They are also protective, but do not bark or growl.
More often than not they tend to physically place themselves between any intruder and his family.
A multipurpose dog, at home on land and in water, the Newfie is capable of draft work and possesses strong natural water rescue tendencies. This dog breed is famous for rescuing drowning people.
The Newfie is a large, heavily coated, well balanced dog that is deep-bodied, heavily boned, muscular, and strong. Its webbed feet, water-resistant coat, and rudder-like tail make it an excellent swimmer.
As then name implies, this dog breed originated in Newfoundland, Canada. This wonderful giant dog breed was originally used by fishermen in Newfoundland to help haul in their nets, to pull carts, to rescue drowning victims and to retrieve things in the water.
Males generally weigh from 130-150 pounds and are 28 inches tall, females are a little bit smaller. Overall they are good with children (supervise them with small children since they may knock them over by mistake) and other pets.
Remember also that giant breeds mature very slowly - a 6 month old Newfoundland may weigh 80 pounds but will still have a puppy mind set.
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Keep in mind that they drool, snore and eat a lot of food, making these dogs an expensive pet to own. Daily brushing is essential to prevent matting in their full coat. Their color may be black, chestnut, or black-and-white.
Regular and moderate exercise is important as is the ability for the dog to have frequent opportunities to swim - he has a great instinct to carry anything in the water safely back to shore. He is very active for a giant breed. They do love to swim and retrieve. This dog breed breed needs a house with a fenced yard. They are sensitive to heat and does well in cooler climates.
A full-grown male Newfoundland can easily weigh over 150 pounds or more.
There dogs are best known for their "swimability" due to their webbed feet, strong muscled tail and large lung capacity.
They are extremely friendly and gentle dogs despite their large size - and very tolerant of children.
They have often been used as draft animals and have a long history as a working dog breed.
Newfies aren't overly active - they are built for comfort not for speed so if you're looking for a jogging partner look to another breed.
The most popular use of these gentle giants is in the area of water rescue and they have an innate skill for this activity.
Newfies feet are completely webbed - like a ducks feet, perfect for swimming.
For their size, grooming needs are about average, however be forewarned of drooling (keep a drool rag handy).
Newfoundland puppies grow at a phenomenal rate during the first year of life, growing to an average of 100 pounds in weight in the first year.
Hip dysplasia and congenital heart disease is a concern with this dog breed.
If youre turned off by the drool, you may want to consider another breed.
Newfies are very good around children however supervision is recommended due to their large size, especially with small kids.
Country of origin: Canada Lifespan: 8-10 years Colors: Black, gray, brown, white with black markings (Landseer) Known health problems: Allergies, heart defects, hip and elbow dysplasia, congenital heart disorders, cystinuria, sub-aortic stenosis, bloat, eyelid problems. (SAS) Famous Newfies" Boatswain, pet of Lord Byron; Josh, 2004 Best of Show winner at the Westminster Dog Show; Nana, the family dog in Peter Pan
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