A devoted, sweet, and gentle giant
These working dogs are incredible breeds that are well known for their fine swimming abilities as well as their strength. They have very loyal natures and excel at water rescue and support, due to their webbed paws, muscular bodies, and double coats.
Newfoundland At a Glance
Newfoundland At a Glance
- Size: 25"-28", 110-155 lbs.
- Lifespan: 9-11 years
- Energy Level: medium
- Coat: Dense, coarse, and slightly oily
- Shedding: heavy
- Hypoallergenic: No
- Dog Group: Working
- Common Nicknames: Newfie
Newfoundland Breed Guide
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Newfoundlands are gentle giants with a sweet nature. They're naturally friendly and get along well with anyone, whether human or animal, but can become protective if the situation calls for it. Newfies make excellent family dogs and are great with children, acting as loyal protectors and happy playmates. These dogs are at their happiest when spending time with their family, so they shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time. A bored or lonely Newfie can start to exhibit destructive behaviors like digging or excessive barking. As long as they get enough human interaction, though, Newfoundlands are calm and well-behaved, and they make delightful and devoted family pets.
Later in life, these creatures suffer from joint problems, elbow problems, kidney issues, and heart defects. They won't survive long past 9-10 years due to these major health concerns.
These dogs would make great pets for anyone with a lot of space for the dog to roam. As long as they have a big space to run around or even a pool to swim in, you'll keep these dogs very happy and excited. With all of the outdoor space, they'll also be able to get all of the loose fur off their bodies as they run around and play.
These dogs can be painful to groom at times due to their large size and very thick fur. However, they love to swim and bathe, so putting them in water to help the hair get loose should not be too hard.
These dogs are heavy on the shedding side, due to their double-layered coats. A good tip for this would be to give them lots of space outdoors to run around; helping some of their fur to come off.
These dogs are very large in size with large, double-layered thick coats. They have webbed paws that are perfect for swimming and tend to be very muscular.
As its name may suggest, the Newfoundland comes from the Canadian island of the same name. However, there are several theories of how the breed was developed. Many believe that the Newfoundland is the result of crosses between different European breeds during the 15th and 16th centuries, like the Great Pyrenees, Portuguese Water Dog, and Mastiff-type dogs. No matter how it came to be, it's certain that the Newfoundland was an excellent water dog and was used by many fishermen. During the late 1700s, the breed suffered a decline because of a Canadian mandate that required all dog owners to pay taxes on their pups. Fortunately, the breed regained popularity during the mid-1800s and was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1879.