Thinking about purchasing an Newfoundland? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Newfoundland breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Newfoundland owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Newfoundland and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Newfoundland Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Newfoundland and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Newfoundland is an exceptionally patient dog who fits into any type of household. Newfoundlands are a large and beautiful breed who rarely have a bad temper, unless provoked. Known for their love and ability to swim, Newfoundlands have been known to rescue drowning victims and have been used for this purpose in the past. Newfoundlands are also known to be very good with children, younger and older alike. They also get along well with other pets, making them ideal for a family environment. One would never know from a personality description that this gentle breed is actually quite large. They are big dogs with a lot of thick fur, which is oily and water resistant. They have webbed paws, like some other water breeds, making them great swimmers. They come in colors of black, gray, or black and white. Newfies, as they are often affectionately referred to, are a giant, peaceful breed. As with any giant breed their owner will require vigilance in their raising and caring for the Newfoundland, in return they will give their complete devotion and constant protection.
Type: Guardian Dog
Height: 26 - 28
brown, gray, or Landseer (black head with black markings on a white background).
are responsive and docile. They are very loving and gentle, especially with
children. They have been known to rescue people who aren't even drowning, and
are uncaring about their own well-being when it comes to saving another's life.
They are devoted, loyal and brave. Newfoundlands love the water and should have
access to it, they are easygoing and friendly.
Watch-dog: High. Newfies
are very alert to their surroundings, and keep an eye on their family at all
Newfoundland Care and Exercise:
Daily brushing of the Newfoundland's thick double coat with
a hard brush is required. Shedding of the undercoat is twice a year. Avoid bathing
unless necessary as it will strip away their natural coat's oils. Instead, use
a dry shampoo. They need regular, moderate exercise even though they would love
to laze around. The Newfoundland loves to swim and they should be given the
opportunity whenever possible.
Activity: Outdoors - High.
Indoors - Low.
Newfoundland Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, genetic heart conditions, skin allergies, and hypothyroidism.
Life Span: 10 - 11 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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