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Nickname: Newf, Newfy
Breed origin: Newfoundland
Original purpose: Superior water dog used as lifeguards and to help fishermen with their heavy nets, also equally valuable as a working dog on land.
AKC recognized: 1886
AKC group: Working
Weight: males 130 to 150 lbs;
females 100 to 120 lbs
Size: Height: males around 28 inches;
females around 26 inches
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Black, brown, gray, or white and black.
8 to 10 years.
The Newfoundland is sweet, intelligent, active but calm, gentle, strong, loyal, and easy to train. Their sweet disposition and extreme love of children make them excellent family pets. They love to swim and have true lifesaving instincts in the water. They have an enormous lung capacity, webbed feet, and a heavy coat that protects them from icy waters, allowing them to swim long-distance in different weather conditions. Because of their love of water, some will play with their water dish. They also have a tendency to drool, some worse than others. They are protective, especially of children, but tend to place themselves between the intruder and their family rather than bark or growl.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
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Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, draft and water tests, carting
Even though they are laid back, daily exercise is necessary to keep them healthy and happy.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cystinuria, subvalvular aortic stenosis.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Newfoundland Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Newfoundland Club of America Rescue