The gentle, obedient Newfoundland has a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years.
The true origins of the Newfoundland are undocumented. Some historians believe the breed was initially developed in the Canadian Providence of Newfoundland and represents a cross between the Great Pyrenees and some type of Nordic dog. The Newfoundland could be found working on ships in the North Atlantic and was also used as a sled dog.
The Newfoundland as it is known today was created in England around the 17th century. There, the Newfoundland was extensively bred and used to perform heavy labor and work alongside fishermen.
The Newfoundland is a large dog that weighs 110 to 150 pounds and measures 26 to 28 inches.
The Newfoundland has a thick, fluffy coat that attracts dirt. The Newfoundland’s coat sheds constantly and needs to be brushed daily. Twice a year, the Newfoundland will also completely blow their coat. To keep the Newfoundland’s coat clean, they should be bathed every 1 to 2 months.
Like all dogs, the Newfoundland also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Newfoundland can make a wonderful family dog. Although they are large, Newfoundlands are mild-mannered and careful.
The Newfoundland is a sweet, docile dog. Despite their size, the Newfoundland likes to think of themselves as a lap dog. They want to be with their family and are generally kind to all people. The Newfoundland is especially gentle with children and has lots of patience for their eager hands and rowdy behavior. The Newfoundland is not particularly energetic or rambunctious.
Newfoundlands are good guard dogs and their large size can be enough to deter an intruder. They are vigilant and will protect their family, but are not aggressive. Newfoundlands will put themselves between a stranger and their family member until they believe the new person can be trusted.
The Newfoundland is very obedient and responds well to commands and training. However, the Newfoundland is slower to learn than some other breeds. They do best with repetition and plenty of positive reinforcement. The Newfoundland should also be socialized and trained early before they get too big to manage.
The Newfoundland loves being outdoors and is happiest with lots of activity. The Newfoundland needs a daily walk but makes a great jogging and hiking partner as well. They are also natural swimmers.