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Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Newfoundland Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Joy Boundy
Phone: 03 5968 5929

About the Newfoundland


Background The Newfoundland was originally bred by the Indians on the east coast of Canada, these dogs had to fulfil a multitude of working roles such as; hauling loads across the snow; as a food gatherer, hauling fishing nets out through the surf; pulling carts and carrying loads; and as a family guardian warning of dangers. Later, their strength and swimming abilities proved the Newfoundland ideal for lifesaving, having well developed webbing between their toes to assist them in their swimming, most ships of the 18th and 19th Centuries carried a Newfoundland on board specifically for this purpose

Average Lifespan When considering taking on a Newfoundland, please realise you are taking it on for it’s lifetime. Newfoundlands live on average, from 8 - 10 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament. They are massive and strong, yet docile and loving.  They have a course, slightly oily double coat which is impervious to cold and water. Newfoundlands have a gentle and loving nature and need to be a part of your family.  Once mature they are placid, loyal and very trustworthy.  As a puppy, they can be very boisterous and often try to push their boundaries. A dog as big and strong as a Newfoundland can be disastrous if uncontrollable, but they respond quickly to training and are then very easy to live with.  Newfoundlands are very sensitive to the tone of your voice so this needs to be taken in to account during training, which is why you need a calm but firm approach.   The Newfoundland tends to be very messy especially when drinking water.  They DO drool, especially after getting a drink, when they are hot or if there is something they find especially tasty in their immediate area.  Adult Newfoundlands eat about as much as a Labrador, but puppies need to eat more.

Care Requirements Newfoundlands are a giant breed dog with a moderately long outer coat and a thick, soft dense undercoat (much of which is lost during the summer). Daily brushing is required, and ears and feet need to be kept trim.  Newfoundlands are not difficult to groom but be warned that dog hair and drool will become a fact of life. Newfoundlands don’t need excessive amounts of exercise in order for them to stay fit and healthy.  A regular walk in the park or a swim is all that is needed. 

Ideal Owner/s The Newfoundland is first and foremost a family dog

Conclusion Always ensure you purchase your puppy from a reputable breeder and asking questions about linage, health, elbow and hip scores is always advisable for both the future of your dog and your own peace of mind.  For further information  on the Newfoundland, shows or details of breeders please contact the Newfoundland Club of Victoria Inc. This will assist you to make an informed decision as to whether a Newfoundland is the dog for you.

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