Newfoundland Dog Breed Information
|Size||25.9 - 27.9 inch (66 - 71 cm)|
|Weight||110.2 - 149.9 lb (50 - 68 kg)|
|Color||Black, white/black, brown|
|Lifespan||8 - 10 years|
|Suitable as||Family dogs|
|Character||Docile, intelligent, friendly, loyal, relaxed|
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The Newfoundland is incredibly gentle, docile, peaceful, polite, good-natured, patient and devoted. It is like a big, cuddly teddy bear and ideal for children. It gets along well with other dogs and pets (including cats). If it believe that their “pack” is in danger, their great protective instinct will show.
Although the Newfoundland is huge, it wants to be as close to you as possible. That means it sometimes sits on your feet, snuggles up to your legs and leans against them with its whole weight. It might even try to sit on your lap.
Training is a must, because when it is full grown it is a large and heavy dog.
It is very important to train it as a puppy, because it really has to obey your commands when it is a large and heavy dog. Make sure that it meets other humans and animals at an early age and gets accustomed to different sounds and situations.
Newfoundlanders are moving slowly but happily and do not necessarily want to cover long distances. What they really do love is swimming. Their double coat is waterproof and they even have webbed feet.
As they are also very intelligent and obedient, they are easy to train. But you shouldn’t leave them alone for too long. Although agility is not quite its favourite activity, dog sports such as obedience, tracking and carting can be great fun for him.
By the way, the Newfoundland has nickname. It is called Newf or Newfie.
Newfoundlander are great rescue dogs. They quickly recognize if a person is in need and come immediately to the rescue. There are even reports of Newfoundlands who rescued drowning people without having been trained for this prior. Is seems to be a natural instinct for them.
The Newfoundland dog "Jack the Black vom Muehlrad" by Hans-Joachim Brueckmann has set a record: "Fastest time for a dog to retrieve a person from water (25 m)" in 2013 at Kaarster See (Northrine-Westphalia, Germany). It took him only 1 minute and 36.812 seconds.
Now what are the downsides? Newfoundlands shed and drool quite a lot. If they romp around due to excitement, something can break. This is why they need a lot of space. Although they are laid back, they suffer terribly when left alone. They will start to destroy things.
Newfoundlanders have a long, soft, cuddly coat. They are either black, white-black or brown.
Newfoundlanders used to help pull fishing nets out of the water. They have also been hauling small carts loaded with wood. They originate in the island of Newfoundland (Canadian East Coast).
By the way, the Labrador Retriever comes from the same country, in the Canadian peninsula Labrador.
Newfoundlands are said to be a cross between the Tibetan mastiff of the Himalayas (mountain range in India) and the black wolf of North America. According to another theory, the Vikings left dogs in Canada, which then paired with wolves. Perhaps they are also a cross between Portuguese Water Dog, the European Mastiff and the Pyrenean Sheep Dog (the Pyrenees is a range of mountains between Spain and France).
Where Does the Name Come From?
That's an easy one: The dogs' name comes from the island of Newfoundland in Canada.
Health and Care
The Newfoundlands' coat should be brushed two or three times a week. Bathing is a real challenge, because it is such a large dog with so much fur. Usually it is sufficient to bath it every one to two months.
Did You Know?
When you look at a Newfoundlander swimming it is not doing the normal „doggie paddle“. It does more of a breasttroke.