Newfoundland

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Canada
AKC Group:Working Group
UKC Group:Guardian
Use today:Waterdog, rescue dog
Life Span:10 to 12 years
Color:Black, brown, gray or black and white.
Coat:Water resistant, coarse outer coat with dense undercoat.
Grooming:Brush daily. Regular grooming.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:26 to 28 inches at the shoulder
Weight:100 to 150 pounds

The Newfie is a robust, family-loving dog, equally at home in the water and on land. This large, strong, active dog is capable of heavy work, yet the breed's gentleness, even temper and devotion make the Newf an ideal companion for child or adult. In Newfoundland, this dog was originally used as a working dog to pull nets for the fishermen and to haul logs from the forest for the lumbermen. Elsewhere, the Newf did heavy labor of many kinds, powering the blacksmith's bellow and the turner's lathe. The oily nature of its double coat, which effectively keeps the Newf from getting wet to the skin, its webbed feet, its deep, broad chest and well-sprung ribs make it a natural swimmer. The Newfoundland has true instinct for life-saving and is renowned in this role. Average height for males is 28 inches at the shoulder, weight about 150 pounds; females 2 inches and 30 pounds less. The long coat is flat, dense and water resistant, and sheds twice each year'in spring and fall. Acceptable coat colors include black, brown (bronze), gray, and white and black. Regular grooming is necessary to remove dead hair and keep the coat shiny and tangle-free. The Newfie is friendly, easygoing, and loves the outdoors. It's most comfortable in a large home where it will receive daily exercise and lots of time with the family.

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