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Group (AKC):


Country of OriginCanada
Type of coatFlat, dense, and coarse textured double coat; oily and water resistant. Outer coat moderately long, straight or slightly wavy.
GroomingDaily brushing of his tick double coat with a hard brush. Shedding of the undercoat is twice a year. Avoid bathing unless necessary as it will strip away his natural coat's oils. Instead use dry shampoo.
Average height26 - 28 inches
Average weight110 -150 lbs.
Activity levelOutdoors - High, Indoors - Low
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
TrainabilityA calm and balanced manner is needed as he is a very sensitive breed who will listen to the tone of your voice.
Compatibility with childrenYes, good with small children, provides a wonderful companion for growing active children
CharacterResponsive, docile
Ideal home environmentNot suited for apartment living as he need lots of room. A large fenced yard is essential. He is more suited to colder than hot climates.
Ideal ownerAs with any giant breed his owner will require vigilance in his raising and caring for the Newfoundland. In return he will gives his complete devotion and constant protection.
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Additional notes:

The Newfoundland is an exceptionally patient dog who is fits into any type of household. It is a large and beautiful breed who is rarely bad -tempered unless provoked. Known for its love of water and ability to swim, it has been known to rescue drowning victims. Over-zealous Newfoundlands might even try to rescue people who aren't drowning. OK, we just made that part up but it sounded funny.

Short History:

One of the few native North American breeds, it comes from Newfoundland Island in Canada, where it was said to have first arrived with the British and French fishermen who reached these North Atlantic shores. Its ancestors may have included the Great Pyrenees and Tibetan Mastiff. It was bred by the early settlers to pull sleds, hunt, and guard. It adapted to the rugged conditions of Newfoundland by developing webbed feet and an oily coat which allows it to remain in the water for long periods of time. Today it is popular as a household pet throughout Europe and North America.

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