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Newfoundland and Loyalty - High Praises All Around

Aug 17, 2007
Newfoundland's, or Newfies as they are sometimes called are one of those rare breeds that you just can't say enough good things about. When describing their mannerism, temperament and natural qualities a Newfoundland runs the gamut of high praises. This is a breed of dog that takes loyalty to a new place.

Introducing a Newfoundland puppy into your family is an easy transition and a sound decision also. Training the Newfoundland to be obedient and mindful at an early age will enhance the already wonderful characteristics of this breed's genuinely admirable personality.

Newfoundland's are well known for their protective and loving nature. Some owners have gone so far as to note "human" traits in a Newfoundland. Descriptions such as trustworthy, noble, calm, and gentle are the mere tip of an iceberg of praise for the Newfoundland's disposition. Dignified and peaceful, this particular canine breed has been used to baby sit small human children with no qualms from the parents.

Newfoundland's can become so attached to their family and home that it is difficult if not sometimes impossible to adopt one into a new home. They will not attack an intruder but will merely step between potentially dangerous situations and the humans in which they are "in charge".

Weighing in at one hundred thirty to one hundred fifty as an adult male and one hundred to one hundred twenty as an adult female, the Newfoundland is not a small canine breed. The typical full-grown height of a Newfoundland is twenty-seven to twenty-nine inches for the male and twenty-five to twenty-seven for the female. They have webbed feet and a water repellant coat that makes it a natural water lover. Newfoundlands also drink a lot of water and tend to be messy about it.

As with most large dog breeds, hip dysplasia is a concern for Newfoundland's. Adequate exercise is an essential part of a Newfoundland's lifetime regimen. Relatively inactive inside, a Newfoundland can live in an apartment. A small yard is plenty for the needs of a Newfoundland. They need plenty of shade and cool water in warmer climates. Newfoundland's have a course undercoat as well as a water repellant overcoat. Regular brushing is a great idea in order to prevent snarls and matting. They shed heavily twice yearly.

Breeders should have a puppy's heart checked by a cardiologist when it is eight to twelve weeks old due to the fact a Newfoundland is prone to a hereditary heart disease called sub-aortic stenosis. A reputable breeder will also have a veterinary cardiologist check adult Newfoundland's again before breeding is allowed.

Within the colorful history of the Newfoundland's past there are tales of heroic acts. Newfoundland's are nicknamed the Saint Bernard of water rescue. Military units and personal individuals alike have learned through firsthand experience the Newfoundland's nature for caring goes well beyond and above the typical canine loyalty. Hearing that a Newfie pulled to shore a small boat filled with injured shipwrecked humans would not surprise anyone who knows and loves their own Newfoundland.
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