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Newfoundlands - A Large and Beautiful Gentle Giant

Updated on December 5, 2011

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.


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      2 years ago

      We have been studying the Newfoundland and are ready for a puppy. Our progress has gotten full force now. From inside and outside kennels to getting our 6 acres fenced for protection of dogs. We are hopping for one in the spring, if available. Where can I get names and ect of puppies in this area? Upper, Eastern Indiana???

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      2 years ago

      Are Newfoundlands hypoallergenic?

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      Cindy A Johnson 

      8 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      So cute! These look like a wonderful breed to have.

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      icountthetimes, I know exactly what you are saying!I adopted my first dog about 8 years ago and now I can't imagine not having him in my life and my home! He is the best :) My husband and I have decided that we will always have a dog

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      8 years ago

      I'd never even heard of this breed of dog before. It looks absolutely adorable. I might be biased though, because I think most dogs are wonderful and caring. A home just feels empty without them. They truly do become part of the family.

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      homesteadbound -- I agree with you.. Shelter animals make great pets too :) I have 2 cats and a dog.. all from shelters..I am not opposed to going to a reputable breeder though.

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      Little two two - They are big but are gentle and loving! If you get one, let me know how it goes

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      stars439 - thank you for the compliment! And yes, they are adorable!

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      Just Ask Susan.. As soon as I posted this, I remembered that you had a post about Newfoundlands.. Yours are adorable! This is a breed I am thinking about once we are ready to add another dog :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I so agree with you that we do not need any more unwanted animals. I have adopted a golden retriever mix from the SPCA and a pom (mix?) from a rescue group from a puppy mill. I do not believe that I want a breed this big (I also have 3 cats adopted from shelter and pound) but I encourage everyone to look at a shelter or pound for their pets. There are so many pets that need homes

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      8 years ago from Canada

      Wicked hub, I can't wait to get at least one of my own (when I have space!)

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Adorable they are. Awesome hub. God Bless You.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have 2 Newfoundland dogs. They are an awesome breed.


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