New season, new month, Newfoundland! Yes, for November we'll celebrate the beloved Newfoundland breed. Let's learn more about these huge, loveable and sweet-natured dogs.
Did you know?
These 'Newfie' dogs are big- males can weigh up to 150 pounds! And they have soft, long fur and an expression of wisdom and love in their big eyes! Although they are huge, they are so sweet and good-natured. They are patient, watchful and dedicated to their families. Often called 'The Nanny Dog' they are gentle and good protectors of young children. In fact, in the book 'Peter Pan' the dog called Nana was a Newfie, although to the dismay of Newfie-lovers she's depicted as a St. Bernard in the Disney film.
What the St. Bernard is to the Alps, the Newfie is to colder North American water country! Since the late 1800's they have been an important part of the pages of history. Lewis and Clark has a Newfoundland with them as a guard dog and hunter. They are born swimmers, and have webbed paws! They are renowned rescue dogs because of their ability to swim, and their love of humans. There were used in Canadian regions in the past to help the fishermen gather nets. These days they are still used as rescue dogs, but more often as loyal and loving companions.
Looks & Personality:
On average, Newfoundlands are BIG! They can be up to 150 pounds, although around 120 is average. They have sleek and soft coats that are water resistant, and webbed feet too, which makes them excellent swimmers. Their coats can come in a variety of colors including gray, black, black and white (also called a 'Landseer') and brown. They have big, dark eyes and floppy ears. They are droolers so just keep a rag handy at all times!
The Newfie is famous for not only water rescues, but for being sweet and even-tempered. They are loving and loyal, and are known as 'The Nanny Dog' because they will protect even the youngest family members. In 1995, a young Newfie named Boo saved a drowning man off the coast of Northern California. He jumped in the cold waters and dragged the man to shore- even though he was just a pup and had no formal water-rescue training. These are truly amazing dogs!
Coat Grooming & Health:
Newfoundlands require brushing at least once a week to prevent matting and to help with de-shedding. Shedding season occurs twice a year, in summer and winter, when daily brushing is needed. Their nails should be trimmed, and because of their longer coat around the ears, the ears need frequent cleanings to remove any dust and dirt. The ears are prone to infection, and as with all of the giant breeds of dogs, hip dysplasia can occur. It's important to not let puppies run too hard or jump from sofas or stairs as early hip injuries can turn into later major hip issues.
Sweet Natured Giants!
The Newfie is outgoing and smart, and loves gentle training. These are sensitive dogs so soft training is best, there is no need for harsh training with these wise and trusting pups. They are easy to train, and eager to please their owners and trainers. Early socialization is imparitive to ensure these dogs grow to be the gentle giants they are famous for.
As with all large dogs, Newfies are prone to 'bloat'- a life-threatening condition that can arise so frequent small meals and limiting play after eating are recommended.
These dogs are best suited for cooler regions due to their thick coats, and don't require much exercise but walking each day, and a romp in the yard with their owners. They are not meant to be outside alone- they prefer to be with their families at all times. They do get along with other animals naturally, but do best when introduced at a young age.
Sadly, as with most of the large breed dogs, they don't live as long as smaller dogs. But the years you do have with them will be filled with love and joy!
The Newfoundland dog will make a wonderful and loving companion for you and your family. They are wonderful with small children, but do be careful due to the dog's size! They drool, and pass some gas, which will curl your eyebrows! However you won't mind because the Newfie has a heart of gold and will bring joy for the right owners for years to come.
We'd love to groom YOUR Newfie, or any breed! Call us today!