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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

Size: 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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Color: Black, brown, gray, or white and black.

Life span: 8 to 10 years.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, draft and water tests, carting

Exercise requirement: 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.

Additional photos of Newfoundland

Recommended books for further reading:

Newfoundlands (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Joanna Kosloff
Published in 2006
96 pages

Ninety-Nine Newfies
By Pat Seawell
Published in 2001
228 pages

The Newfoundland: Gentle Giant
By Jo Ann Riley
Published in 2004
121 pages

Newfoundland (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Angela Barlowe
Published in 2004
160 pages

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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

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