Today we are going to talk about and present a few interesting facts about the Newfoundland dog. This breed has always appealed to a particular type of person who likes larger dogs with great loyalty and intelligence. The Newfoundland dog is a large breed, and is loved for their gentle nature along with a very fearless outlook.
In 2004, when the breed won Best in Show at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show the responses from dog enthusiasts varied greatly. Many of the old school dog trainers and owners believed the Newfoundland dog did not deserve the award. Their way of thinking went something like this: this elite dog show does not need to give this award to a large dog that trots around slobbering all over the place. Sounds like these people were just jealous snobs if you ask me.
Others felt the breed deserved the award and were very pleased for the breed as well as the winning dog. Some breeders and trainers wondered if this was going to drive up the price of the pups so high many people could not afford to buy one. Whatever your opinion, there is little doubt these canines make wonderful pets.
There are three recognized coat colors for the Newfoundland. Black, bronze and black and white, commonly referred to as Landseer. They are affectionately called newfies and newfs. The color of your newf has little bearing on the personality of the dogs.
Before rushing out and bringing a Newfoundland puppy home there are a few things to keep in mind. One, they are very large dogs with the average weight coming in at 150 pounds. They require a lot of room so if you live in a small home you may want to wait until you have the room space this breed requires.
Two, this breed does not eat copious amounts of food as many would assume. They have a slow metabolism so it is common to over feed the dog until your vet puts him or her on a diet!
Three, the breed has a double layer coat. This is the result of selective breeding so the dogs can withstand the extreme cold of their native land. The coat requires a good daily brushing to keep from becoming a tangled mess.
The fourth thing any potential newf owner should remember the breed loves water and can swim as well as any other dog despite their large size. They even have webbed feet for more efficient movement through the water.
The Newfoundland dog craves love and attention, and in return will be a loyal and protector of you and your family.
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