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Newfoundland Dog Breed Information:

The Newfoundland dog, also known as Newfie, is a large and strong dog that was bred on the island of Newfoundland as a working dog as far back as 1000 AD.



The Newfoundland dog breed can best be described as a “gentle giant” and the perfect pet because of its sweet and gentle temperament along with a massive body. The Newfoundland dog has often been involved in water rescue operations as this dog is a powerful swimmer because its webbed feet make it easy for the dog to traverse marshland and shores. This breed of dogs serves well as both a watchdog and also a companion.



The most striking part of their personality is the sweet temperament, apart from their loyalty, intelligence, courage, and generosity. The Newfie is also patient, dignified, devoted, obedient to its owner, and mild with guests. However, a Newfie has its own way of protecting, which is, standing between the owner and the guest instead of barking or growling.



Newfoundland dogs can easily gauge a threatening situation and protect the family from it.

A Newfoundland dog should be socialized well with other dogs and needs to be corrected if it acts aggressive. This breed drinks a lot of water and loves to get wet and go for a swim. Otherwise, it's generally happy to laze around at home. Newfies have a double coating, which makes the heat unbearable for them. So, they need to be kept in cool rooms especially during summers. Also, they shed the undercoat during spring and fall, the times that they need extra grooming. Otherwise, brushing their fur for 10 minutes everyday is just about enough. And, it's not necessary to trim their fur either.

Newfoundland puppies eat a lot but you should cut down on the food consumption as they grow older. Training a Newfoundland dog can be a bit difficult as the dog is sensitive to the tone of the voice. So trainers and owners need to be calm and consistent and lay down rules that have to be followed. While training them, one also needs to keep in mind that they have a huge body, which makes them move slowly. While taking the dog for a walk, he must walk behind or beside the owner. Newfoundland dog health includes problems like hip and elbow dysplasia, cystinuria (calculi stones in the bladder), and subvalvular-arotic stenosis (SAS, a hereditary heart disease), because of which puppies need to be examined by a veterinary cardiologist at the age of 12 weeks. SAS can also cause sudden death in this breed.

 
  Submitted on February 5, 2010