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The Newfoundland Dog As A Pet

This Newfoundland is very much considered the gentle giant of the dog world and many stories abound about where it originates from. Some believe that the breed may be descended from a nomadic Indian dog or Viking “Bear Dogs” whilst others believe that is possibly related to the Labrador. However many believe that the Newfoundland is a cross between Tibetan Mastiffs that were brought to Canada by British or European fisherman and the local dogs during the early 1700’s. The Newfoundland in the past was used to aid fishermen by hauling in nets, carrying boat lines to the shore or retrieving any which fell overboard or rescuing drowning or shipwrecked people.

Although there have been vast improvements in the safety of ships at sea the Newfoundland’s appearance has not diminished as they are still considered to be a handsome, devoted and delightful animal to own.

Breed Specifics
The Newfoundland is part of the AKC working group.
Height: 25-29 inches
Weight: 100-150 pounds
Longevity: 9-15 years but the average is about 10 years

The Newfoundland is a strong large dog with a broad heavy head with a wide muzzle which is rather short and squared off. The feet are webbed to aid them when they are swimming, whilst the dogs tail hangs down. The long outer coat is water repellant and should be flat, oily and slightly wavy and they have a thick oily undercoat. The eyes are dark brown the nose is generally black (however on bronze coloured dogs the nose is brown).
Colors: Black, Bronze, Brown or Gray

The Newfoundland has a wonderful temperament and not only are they a noble breed, but are also calm, gentle, loyal and trustworthy as well as having a sweet temperament as well. They are a very devoted breed and in some cases may become very attached to their owners. When it is required the Newfoundland is very protective of those it loves and will place itself between them and the intruder rather than bark or growl. The Newfoundland is a very sociable breed and enjoys being outdoors. When training a Newfoundland the tone of voice must be in a calm and balanced manner as they are very sensitive to the tone’s of a persons voice.

Health Issues
The Newfoundland is not only prone to hip displaysia but they can get fat if their feeding habits are not controlled. They are also prone to a hereditary heart disease known as sub aortic stenosis.

A Newfoundland can cope well with living in an apartment but needs sufficient exercise and a small yard will be more than sufficient for their exercising needs. However they are sensitive to heat and you should provide them with plenty of shade and lots of cool water during the warmer months. Wherever possible it is vital that you provide your Newfoundland with the opportunities to swim on a regular basis.

The Newfoundland should have his coat brushed daily to weekly with a hard brush. They shed their undercoat twice a year (in the Spring and Autumn) and additional care is required at these times. If you can avoid bathing your Newfoundland unless it is absolutely necessary (as this can strip away the coat’s natural oils). You may if you wish dry shampoo them from time to time.

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