Newfoundland Dog Breed Information

Newfoundland Quick Facts
Breed Group: Working
Origen: Canada / England
Nickname: Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear.
Weight: 100-150 lbs
Height: 26-28 inches
Color(s): Solid black, brown, or gray and white with black patches

Newfoundland Appearance

The Newfoundland is a large, powerful dog with a broad and massive head, short, square and clean cut muzzle. The Newfoundland is slightly longer than tall, he had a handsome face, pendulous lips, and dark eyes. The teeth meet in a level or scissors bite. The triangular shape ears have rounded tips and are relatively small. He has an enormous lung capacity for swimming extremely long distances, and a thick, oily and waterproof double coat which protects him from the freeze of icy waters.

The coloring of the Newfoundland is commonly black or brown, gray and white with black patches. The weight of the Newfoundland is around 100-150 pounds. The height is around 26-28 inches.

Newfoundland Temperament

The Newfoundland is one of the friendliest of all breeds. Known as "the gentle giant"; the Newfoundland is legendarily known for its benevolence, strength and its inclination to rescue anyone from the water, regardless of their desire or need to be rescue. He is a gentle dog that is excellent with children and animals, but early training and socialization is required.

The Newfoundland is calm, patient, easy going, gentle and amiable. They rarely bark, but are protective and brave when they need to be and very devoted, loyal and trustworthy to their family and friends.

Is Newfoundland the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Newfoundland does best in a rural or suburban home with lots space. This breed enjoys space in which to play and exercise, and should be provided with a large, secured, and safe area. Itís too large to be an apartment dog. The Newfoundland doesnít do well on hot weather and should be keeping outside only in temperate to cold weather. The Newfoundland tends to be very messy and drool when drinking water.

Newfoundland Life expectancy

As a large dog, the life expectancy of the Newfoundland is far shorter than smaller dogs; their life expectancy is around 8-10 years.

Newfoundland Health problems

There is several health problems associated with Newfoundland. Major concerns are SAS (sub-aortic stenosis), hip and elbow dysplasia, CHD (Coronary Heart Diseases) and Gastric Tortion. Some other concerns are OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans), entropion, ectropion, thyroid problems, skin conditions, and heatstroke in humid or hot conditions.

Newfoundland Care and Grooming

The Newfoundland needs a daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. Its coat need care and requires brushing to remove dead hair. Brush with a firm bristle brush. Avoid bathing unless absolutely necessary and dry shampoo occasionally.

Newfoundland Shedding

The Newfoundland just tends to shed a little more than some other dogs. Thatís because they have a lot of thick undercoat. They shed his undercoat during the spring and fall. Extra grooming may be required during these times. Newfies are not suited for those with allergies.