Calm. Loving. Kind. Newfoundlands are docile dogs that have huge bellies and extremely gentle natures. They are the perfect fit for families with energetic children that have active lifestyles and the ability accommodate a gentle giant.
Where I'm From
Newfoundlands come from the island of Newfoundland, which is situated off the east coast of Canada. Though their true origins remain unclear, Newfoundlands are believed to be a mix of native Canadian dogs, named St Johns water dogs, and Mastiff-type dogs left by foreign fisherman from the 1500s.
Once colonisation and settlement was established in the region from the 17th Century, Newfoundlands were employed to haul logs, pull in fishnets and help fisherman with their work. As good swimmers with webbed feet Newfoundlands also became renowned for their water life-saving abilities.
Newfoundlands were likely crossed with St. Bernards in the 1700s and named by an English explorer to the region in 1775. The dogs subsequently made their may to the United Kingdom and further afield. A Newfoundland was even believed to land in Australia on the Scarborough with the First Fleet in 1788.
Newfoundlands were recognised officially in late 1800s.
What I Look Like
Newfoundlands look like giant bears! With a large frame, big heads and thick, long fur they come in all black, brown and black-and-white (Landseer) varieties. Newfoundlands are huge dogs; males can weigh up to 70 kilograms, whilst females can be up to 55 kilogram. Despites their hefty weight, Newfoundlands are strong and athletic dogs.
How I Act
Newfoundlands are known for their very gentle and loving natures. Fantastic as loyal family pets, Newfoundlands are really great with kids, treating them with patience and care. Their high tolerance for children is only hampered by their size when they can accidentally knock a young one down. They are also good with other household pets.
Luckily Newfoundlands are intelligent and easy to train. It is important to start training and socialisation early, especially due to their large size. You would not want an out of control dog of this size. Newfoundlands need to be trained to obey commands, walk well on a leash and be careful around children.
Looking After Me
Newfoundlands can be affected by a number of health issues. Some of these conditions include Addison's disease, eye issues such as cataracts and cherry eye, heart problems, hip or elbow dysplasia and epilepsy. They can also develop arthritis if they do not get enough exercise.
It is advisable to check the medical history of a puppy's parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.
Newfoundlands have a lifespan of 10-12 years.
Newfoundlands stem from working dogs, both on land and on water. Therefore Newfoundlands need a moderate amount of exercise of at least 30 minutes per day to stay fit. As water dogs, they love to swim and play in water so taking them to the beach or a lake every so often is a great way for a Newfoundland to use their muscles and show off their aquatic skills.
They need special big breed dog food. They should be fed a nutritious meal three times per day with a rest straight after to reduce the incidence of bloat, a dangerous gastric disorder.
Newfoundlands have a long, thick double coat that is oily and water resistant. This coat easily picks up dirt and is also prone to immense shedding, especially during seasonal changes. They require a daily brush along with a bath every 6-8 weeks.
Newfoundlands are cold weather dogs that are uncomfortable in warmer climates. They will require fresh water and a cool resting area when the weather heats up.
Am I the pet for you?
- Newfoundlands are renown for their gentle natures and are a fantastic, fun-loving dog for children. Like all dogs, and especially due to their immense size, Newfoundlands should be supervised when around children.
- Newfoundlands are excellent swimmers and can excel as surf lifeguard and rescue dogs.
- Newfoundlands are strikingly large dogs and will surely be a talking point as you walk your dog down the street and may be taller than your children.
- With a very thick coat, Newfoundlands are profuse shedders, especially during seasonal changes. They are also dirt attractors and may leave mud trails through the house so are not a good fit for cleanliness enthusiasts. Newfoundlands need regular grooming to stay clean and well maintained.
- Newfoundlands are sloppy droolers. They slobber a lot. Almost everywhere. On everything. You need to get used to wet spots on your clothing and cleaning up after them constantly.
- Newfoundlands are big dogs with big appetites. It can be costly to feed and care for them.
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