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Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Newfoundlands are one of the largest dog breeds, with males weighing between 130-150 pounds and females weighing between 100-120 pounds. They have a massive, strong build with a broad head and deep chest. Their thick double coat helps to keep them warm in cold weather and requires regular grooming to prevent matting and shedding. Newfoundlands are known for their calm and patient demeanor, making them great with children and other pets. They are intelligent and eager to please, which makes training relatively easy. However, due to their size, they require regular exercise to prevent obesity and maintain their overall health.

History

Newfoundlands originated in Newfoundland, Canada, where they were bred as working dogs by fishermen. They were used for various tasks, including hauling nets, pulling carts, and rescuing people from the water. Their webbed feet and strong swimming abilities made them well-suited for these tasks. The breed gained popularity in England in the 19th century and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886.

Temperament

Newfoundlands are known for their gentle and friendly temperament. They are calm, patient, and excellent with children. They are also protective of their families and make great watchdogs.

Care

Newfoundlands require regular grooming to keep their thick coats in good condition. This includes brushing their fur to prevent matting and regular nail trims. They are moderate shedders and may require more frequent brushing during shedding seasons. Additionally, their ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection, and their teeth should be brushed regularly to maintain good dental hygiene.

Size

The average size of male Newfoundlands is 27-29 inches (69-74 cm) at the shoulder, while females are slightly smaller at 25-27 inches (63-69 cm).

Weight

The average weight of male Newfoundlands is 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), while females weigh between 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg).

Health