The Newfoundland has many theories attached to it concerning its origin. It has several similarities to the Labrador hence many believe that these two breeds of dogs are related. Newfoundland is a Canadian city where this breed was discovered, but the exact origin is unknown. It is also known as the Newfie or St. John’s dog and is well adapted to its cold environment having a warm coat to protect it from the sub-zero temperatures of that region. This dog worked with the fishermen along the coast of the town pulling in nets, retrieving fallen items, performing rescue operations and carrying boat lines
This is a strong, huge dog, a heavy-weight in appearance. Its eyes give a lazy kind of a gaze, and it has a big forehead. It has a big hairy face with its ears drooping over the side of its face. It has a fat short neck to support its big head, and its muzzle is moderately long. Its nose is black however different colored coats may vary the nose color. Its two front legs are huge and powerful giving it a majestic posture when standing upright. It weighs in the range of 100 to 150 pounds and stands tall at 25 – 29 inches.
Don’t be fooled by this dog’s bulky appearance. It is one of the most peaceable, gentle, fun and lovable dogs to be with. It is courageous and likes to be very protective of its family. It makes slow, gentle moves because of its massive size and will only bark when provoked. The Newfoundland is very obedient to its master and intelligent in making its decisions especially threats concerning the well-being of its family’s security. It is very welcoming even to strangers, sociable and accommodating to people of all ages. They enjoy swimming due to their inborn nature of working with fishermen
They will thrive in the colder climate as they have adapted to that kind of weather. They require at least a daily walk to engage them in exercise as they tend to generally be inactive indoors. They are easy to train though training must start early when they are still puppies. Should not be made to carry or pull heavy load when they are young until they mature.
They are prone to hereditary diseases such as eye disease, hip dysplasia, heart conditions, epilepsy and gastric torsion. They also have a propensity of easily becoming obese
The Newfondland should be feed on high-quality, nutritious food rich in all the necessary nutrients. It should be given its meals at a fixed time so avoid unnecessary eating that may lead to excess weight gain.
Coat, Color and Grooming
It has a water resistant double coat with adaptability to water. Its inner coat is soft while its out is of a rough texture. Its coat comes in several colors which are: black, brown, grey and white with black marking. Its coat should be brushed often as possible and be bathed every now and then. Ensure to brush its teeth and maintain its nails.
With family and other pets
This is a generally friendly dog and can even get playful with children. It is easy-going even with other pets hence can easily co-exist with them.