The North Central Newfoundland Club

So You Want a Newfoundland?



What is a Newfoundland?

A very large dog, and when full grown generally stands about 24" (female) or 28" (male) at the shoulders and usually weigh between 110 to 150 pounds. Males are generally larger than the females. Most Newfs are Black, but other colors are White and Black (Landseer), Brown, or Gray. They normally have double coats; a wooly undercoat, and long guard fur.

Drawbacks about owning a Newfoundland.

Size: Their size while not necessaraly a drawback based on the size of your home, as a Newf can live in a small home or apartment if given enough exercise daily, does effect every other aspect of having a dog as part of your family. A few are:  
    Veternarian care:

As medications, treatments and srgeries all have an animals weight as part of the determination of cost. A large dg means larger bills.

    Food: Newfoundlands obviously will need much more food than a Chihuahuas and should always be feed a high quility diet. This does cost more, however a quality diet can help prevent other health issues.  
    Grooming: Wether you groom your Newf or have it done by a groomer it is a big task. With their heay double coat regular grooming is a must. Proper grooming not only makes your dog look great it is important to their health. Keeping them brushed allows proper air flow helping them stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The double coat, when groomed properly helps in keeping their skin dry in wet condisions such as swimming.Grooming takes time to do properly, but can be some of the best time an owner spends with their Newf.  
Drool: This will vary bettween Newf but you should plan on your Newf drooling. Drool is an active sport with Newfoundlands as it seams like they enjoy trying to see how far they can fling their drool by shaking their head, ceiling shots are always good for bonuce points. You can almost predict a large slime coming just by putting on a freshly dry cleaned outfit.  
Fur: Fur will be on everything you own, house, furniture,clothes, car............  
Tails: Yes tails. These beutiful tails expressing much happiness are also at the purfect hieght to know items off coffee tables and other surfaces  
Health: As in all breeds, health concearns are a factor. Large breeds, including Newfoundlands, are pron to Hip Dysplasia, Heart Problems, Skin Ailments, and Arthritis. While no one can gaurantee a dog won't have any issues the Newfoundland Club of America along with the regional clubs and breeder members actively work to ensure the healthiest Newf possible and fund resurch into Newfoundland helth issues.  

Benifits about having a Newfoundland

Temperment: There gentalness, calmness and loyalty have earned them the title "Gental Giants". Children to senior citzens can all be around these magnifican animals. Basic training is recommended for all dogs including Newfounlands. While large their temperment will prevent them from ever being a guard dog.  
Intelligence: Newfoundlands are generally very inteligant. This aids them in the many activities they along eith you may partisipate in including  
Family pet Therapy work  
Draft Work

Reading Programs

Water Work Tracking  
Agility Carting  
Rally and many more  

For more details about the Newfoundland to help in your decision to have one as a family member and about puppies, please read "The Newfoundland and You" a free download from the Newfoundland Club of America.

Finding the right Newfoundland for your home.

First you should never make a desicion based on someones website and a Newfoundland should never be purchased from a pet store.

The best way to move forward is to come to some of the local Newfoundland Club's, like the NCNC, events. Meet some of the members and learn more about the breeders and how the dogs can vary from different breeders.

Look at the NCNC and the NCA breeders list. These breeders have agreed to breed to the best interest of the breed. Another option would be looking a a dog from our rescue program.


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