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Newfoundlands - A Large and Beautiful Gentle Giant
The Gentle Giant
The Newfoundland dog, also called Newfie’s, are large and strong dogs. Some people believe that they are closely related to Labradors. The reason for this is because the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador are so close together. Others believe that these dogs are part Tibetan Mastiff. In either case, the Newfoundland was originally owned and worked by the local fisherman in Newfoundland, Canada
These dogs were used to haul fishing nets and help pull boats ashore. They would also retrieve any items that fell off of the boat and into the water. This would include people who were on the verge of drowning or who had already drowned.
Newfoundland’s are massive creatures. The average weight for a female is 100 to 120 pounds. Male Newfie’s weigh between 130 to 150 pounds. Having a large yard is suggested when owning one, but not a necessity. They will be just fine lounging around the house. However, it is recommended that they are exercised daily. They do not do well in the heat and prefer colder climates. If you live in an area where it gets hot, make sure that you have plenty of water and shade for them to thrive.
Newfoundland’s will shed their undercoat twice a year. The most intense shedding will happen in the Spring. It is very important to brush this breed at least twice a week with a hard brush. This will help with the shedding. Do not bathe this breed unless you absolutely have to. Using a dry shampoo and brushing will keep them clean.
These dogs have an excellent temperament. They are loyal and obedient creatures. They have often been called “Gentle Giants”. They are protective but they rarely bark. They are not attack dogs, but if there was ever a case where the owner needed protection, the Newfoundland would keep the person held down until help arrived.
They are great with children because they are so patient and kind. They are also very social and get along well with other animals. Of course, early training is recommended due to the size of the Newfoundland, to help the owner learn how to properly train and control the animal.
The Newfoundland has an average lifespan of 10 years. As with any large breed dog, they are prone to hip dysplasia. There is also a hereditary heart condition that some are born with. The weight of your Newfie needs to be maintained in order to help keep them healthy.
What it boils down to is this; Newfie's are great family dogs. They are huge though, so make sure that you can handle a breed that is so big. If you are a mere 100 pounds,you may want to rethink the Newfoundland. They have an awesome temperment and are often thought of as bigger, hairier, Labradors.
Before deciding on any dog breed, do your research. You want to make sure that the breed has characteristics that will fit into your life. We do not need anymore unwanted dogs winding up at the local shelter.