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Newfoundland

Dog breed - Newfoundland

Description

The Newfoundland in the past was known to be found as a regular member of the crew on fishing boats in Canada’s Maritime Province (hence its name derived from the Island of Newfoundland) being used to retrieve objects or people who fell into the sea.  Because of their size and great lung capacity they were able to break the ice as they dove into the frigid northern ocean and would easily pull a drowning man to safety.  At the end of the fishing expedition they were seen hitched up to a cart, loaded with the days catch ready to haul it into town.

 

Temperament 

It is primarily an irresistible family dog and possesses an exceptionally gentle, docile and reserved nature. Their most predominate character traits are their benevolent dispositions, strong lifesaving instincts and even-tempered natures, making them an ideal family member which will tolerate children climbing all over them and pulling their ears.  It is very important to note that the only thing that this dog cannot tolerate is the lack of human affection which it absolutely thrives on.

 

Appearance 

Height:  26-28in (65-70cms)

Weight: 45-68kg (99-150lbs)

Group: Working Dogs

A giant among dogs, its looks and personality resemble a big teddy bear.  It is a large well muscled dog with a long, heavy, shiny, lying flat to the body and slightly wavy coat sporting a soft dense undercoat. They come in three colours; black, brown and a white dog with black markings called a Land seer.
 

Grooming 

Excessive bathing will remove the natural oil from the coat and generally they will keep fairly clean simply by regular thorough brushing, however if he starts to smell or his skin is dirty he will need a bath. Be prepared to spend quite some time grooming this dog, apart from its drooling, it loves water and swimming and in bad weather it tends to cart loads of dirt into the house. 

 

Life Expectancy 

Between 10 – 12 years.

  

Health 

Generally healthy, with good breeding and careful puppy rearing such as good diet and plenty of exercise, common health problems related to this breed such as hip dysplasia, eyelid abnormalities and disease could very well be avoided.

  

Suitability

This breed of dog isn’t recommended for the city living nor is it suitable for a small and confined backyard.  It requires moderate amounts of exercise and absolutely adores swimming.

 

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Working Dogs: This group  includes more breeds than any other. These dogs were bred to do a variety of work from guarding, herding, pulling sleds and rescue for example. A few in this group include Rottweiler, Boxer and Bullmastiff to mention a few.

 

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