By: Ed Gonzalez
Newfoundland dogs are sturdy and well built dogs. They have heads that are wide and heavy plus they have a slightly curved crown. Their necks and backs are brawny. These dogs have wide muzzles that are extensive. It is deep and somewhat short. Dogs of these kinds have middle of the road stops. Their noses are commonly black with exception to bronze colored dogs who have brown noses. The teeth of these dogs are conformed to a level or scissors bite. These type of dogs have have dark brown eyes and they are deep setting. The ears of these friendly dogs are triangular in shape and they do have rounded tips that are simply small. They have muscular looking legs which are straight and well aligned. You can remove their dewclaws. These dogs have tails that are powerful and are wide at the base. Their tails are hanging downwards. Newfoundlands have cat – like feet that are webbed. They have double coats which are flat and water – resistant. These dogs have oily outer coats that are rough and they are a bit long. Their outer coats are wavy or straight. Dogs of these kinds have thick undercoats that are oily and soft. If these dogs live indoors, they will lose their undercoats. Coat colors are usually black with blue, highlights, black with white markings, brown, gray and white with black markings just like the landseers. The landseers and newfoundlands are considered of the same breed in England and the U.S,A.. In other parts of Europe they are branded as different breeds because their legs are longer and they are not so massive in built. They are considered sporty dogs in other European Countries and they do compete separately in shows.
The Newfoundlands are dogs which have characteristics that are superior, possessing a sweet temperament, brave, considerate, peaceful and very loving dogs.. These are mild – mannered, calm and very patient dogs. They are considerably well behaved with house guests. Dogs belonging to this breed are very obedient to their masters. They are loving and dedicated to their owners.. Newfoundlands hardly bark, but they are very protective and courageous when the situation arises. If ever these dogs get hold of an intruder, this intruder will be held at bay because these dogs will tarp them into a corner. They can use other ways like placing themselves in between the suspected thief and the family, instead of doing an all out attack. These dogs are so intelligent because they know when someone is threatening their pack and they who are not doing so. They are very sociable and kind dogs. Dogs of these type are suitable for children because of their gentle nature. Newfoundlands can be rather messy when drinking water because they really drink a lot. They like to swim and they can save someone who is drowning. It is said that Napoleon Bonaparte fell off his ship but a newfoundland dog jumped to the sea and saved his life. At times, they can be difficult to train . You must make sure that when you train them, it must be done in a gentle but well balanced manner. Any owner must be calm but determined in order to have a well balanced dog. Owners must must have rules that their dogs must follow. They are quite sensitive to the voice of their owners. Adult Newfoundlands eat as much as a labrador but their puppies eat much more.
The height of male dogs are 27 – 29 inches and female dogs are 25 – 27 inches in height. The weight of the male dogs are usually between 130 – 150 pounds and the female dogs will weigh from 100 – 120 pounds. They are susceptive to hereditary heart disease called sub – aortic stenosis and hip dysplasia. They must not get fat.
These dogs will do good living in apartments but they must be given the needed exercise that they need. They are quite inactive indoors. A small yard will utterly satisfy their needs. Newfoundlands like colder weathers and they do not do well in hot climates. You must make sure that there is sufficient water for them to drink and there must be a shaded area for them to lay down
Giant Dogs of these kind are contented to be inactive when they are in the house. When they are walking their dogs must be beside them or behind them.. The owners must be the leader of the pack.
The average life of these dogs are from 9 – 15 years.
Owners must brush their thick, rough double coat with a hard brush and this must be done weekly. Their undercoats do shed twice a year during spring and fall. You must be quite careful at this time. Heavy shedding happens during spring time. Do not bathe them during this time unless it is necessary.. It will remove the coats natural oils. Use dry shampoo from time to time.
Some say that these dogs originated from the Viking bear dogs or nomadic indian dogs. Others believe that these dogs are relatives of the labradors. Many say this because there are similarities between the two breeds. One proof is that the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador are close to each other. This might be a possibility because the labrador is an exceptional swimmer and it was able to swim the Strait of Belle Isle or cross on foot when the water was frozen. Others do say that it originated from crosses of the Tibetan Massifs brought to Canada by British or European fishermen.
These are just perfect dogs for you and your family. They are close to children and they are so ever loving.