ALL ABOUT™ NEWFOUNDLANDS
Newfoundland Puppy & Breed Information
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The Newfoundland originated in Newfoundland. The Newfie is not only motivated, he’s capable of saving drowning victims. His waterproof double coat, lung capacity and webbed feet afford long-distance swimming ability.
Newfoundland Coat, Color, Care: The Newf can be any color with black or Landseer (black and white) being the most common. He is protected in icy water by a moderately long, wavy coat and soft, dense undercoat. Weekly brushing and combing is needed for house dogs, less often if he’s outside. The Newfoundland slobbers and drools, just keep a towel handy.
Newfoundland Personality: Sweetness is the single most important characteristic of the Newfie. Great size and strength make him a capable protector but he’s not a barker and placing himself between his family and any threat is usually sufficient. Bred to be gentle and caring about people, he is a wonderful companion for families with children. The Newfoundland has been credited with instinctively saving people from fire and other disasters.
Exercise Requirements: Although quiet and docile, the Newfoundland is an active breed that needs daily exercise. Although puppies may romp and jump with great energy, adults are not as motivated but take him to water… If no lake or public beach is handy, grab a bicycle and take him for a jog in the park. Daily exercise will keep him fit, happy, and prevent bad habits such as chewing, licking, pacing, or other signs of bored frustration.
Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia is common with large fast growing breeds but can be modified by diet. Aortic stenosis (heart) disease, eye problems (entropion, ectropion) and Von Willebrands Disease (bleeding disorder) are considered hereditary and all Newfs should be from cleared parents. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, not excluding medication side effects. A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders.
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