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Newfoundland

Newfoundland

The Newfoundland originates from...

The exact origins of the Newfoundland are uncertain, with many theories surrounding its early development. Some suggest that the breed is related to the Great Pyrenees, a dog that was brought to Canada by Basque fishermen. Failing this, others attribute its evolution to breeds including the Great Dane, English Mastiff, St. Bernard and various Nordic dogs, which all bear a striking resemblance to the Newfoundland in their respective ways. Boasting a varied history, having worked alongside fishermen in the North Atlantic and been utilised in cart pulling, sledding and tracking, the Newfoundland has demonstrated its versatility throughout its existence. Many notable Newfoundlands have found their way into the history books, with a dog named Rigel having swum alongside a lifeboat following the sinking of the Titanic, alerting the passing steamship Carpathia to its presence, thus saving everyone aboard.

The Newfoundland is characterised by...

Capable of working both land and water, the Newfoundland is a classic working dog with an inherent energy, confidence and love of people. Eager to please, the Newfoundland adapts well to new situations and people and is both able-bodied and independent-minded. Boasting a heavy-boned, proportioned body with short legs, a deep, square-cut muzzle, large pendant ears and a long tail, the Newfoundland strongly resembles its early forebears. The profuse double coat, heavily feathered, would have served to insulate the dog from the icy waters in which it originally swam, whilst protecting the body from bracken, rough earth or predator bites. The Newfoundland coat is typically dense and long, predominantly coloured black, usually with blue, grey or white markings. Unsurprisingly, the Newfoundland has a natural affinity with water, being a confident and enthusiastic swimmer. The Newfoundland contributed to the foundation stock of the Leonberger.

The average Newfoundland...

The breed is perhaps most recognised for playing the part of 'Nana' in Peter Pan, expertly demonstrating the Newfoundland's instinctive nature to protect children. Other qualities showcased by the breed are its gentle, loyal and mannered temperament, its high trainability, its versatility and its ability to differentiate harmless strangers from those likely to pose a threat. A breed of impressive appearance, size and stature, the Newfoundland weighs a healthy average of 45-68 kg, with an approximate life expectancy of 8-10 years, providing its needs for exercise, mental stimulation and human companionship are met.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Despite being generally healthy and resilient, there are various health conditions specific to the breed. Hip dysplasia and associated structural and orthopedic complaints, as well as arthritis and easy weight gain are identified in the Newfoundland, along with more serious incidences of kidney disease, bladder stones and heart defects resulting from its large size.

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Our Newfoundland owners' thoughts

Added on 17/12/2017
Joined 16/02/2012
From Warwickshire, United Kingdom

So far our little monkey is only six months old so I can't say much about a Newfoundland as yet but I can say she's very sweet.
We have had Bernese Mountain dogs and Pyrennean Mountain Dogs before but none have been as loving as Coco is. She loves to give kisses and cuddles to us and anyone she meets. She also loves to chase after all her toys when we throw them and never seems to decide she wants us to fetch it because we threw it!
Of course she is into everything and a a total mischief but she is only a baby as yet, and we have a long way to go.
I will update this post as time goes on.
I will

Added on 14/05/2018
Joined 02/12/2009
From Staffordshire, United Kingdom

we too had bernese mountain dog previously, must say that newfies are even more fussy and affectionate. we have 2, an eight year old and a 4 year old both are girls and we love them to death, recommend anyone have a newfie they bring so much joy xxxxx

Added on 28/04/2019
Joined 02/07/2015
From Pavia, Italy

Gucio is my fourth Newfy, my first male and my first black and white one. Newfoundlands are unique. They have a mellowness of characters and at the same time a wiseness no other dog matches. They are a handful as puppies but as they grow older they get more laid back. In my experienced the girls are more focused on you and more protective. But Gucio is still very young and so he may turn out to be as protective. But he is a dog with a huge social sphere. He needs to be with people and wants to make friends with everybody. Unfortunately his size scares most smaller dogs and their owners so he has not many friends at the dog park. He is really a gentle giant. Once you have a Newf you can't do without. Two is even better. They eat like wolves as puppies but once they grow they do not eat that much. Gucio drools a lot, and he flings drool. The girls did not. Newfoundlands need to be brushed and combed regularly, but do not need to be bathed too often. Some love swimming some don't. They really can't stand the heat and spend most of the summer inside near a fan or with the a/c on. But in winter they want to be outside in any weather.