Dog Owners Guide
Newfoundland Pet Rescue
The Newfoundland sometimes called “Newfs” is a large dog
and considered a true workhorse. It originated in Terra Nova and their ancestors were bought over there by
fishermen from the European Continent. It is also said that these dogs are descendents from the big black bear
dogs introduced by the Vikings, which were used as pack animals and discovering new lands. They have
unmistakable characteristics with the St. Bernard and the English Mastiff. They have short stout legs, massive
heads, a very broad snout, a thick neck and very sturdy structure. Some of the males of this breed have been
known to reach up to 200+ pounds, measure, from the nose to the tip the tail over 6 foot in length and stand
27 inches at the withers. The standard colors for this breed are black, brown, gray and white with black
markings, the latter known as Landseer.
This breed is extremely large boned and has great muscle mass which gives them a
superior strength. The American Kennel Club page reports this and goes on to say, they are used as working
dogs to pull nets for the fisherman and to haul wood from the forest. They also did other types of heavy labor.
This breed is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, also calcium stones in the bladder and defects in their heart
valves. All over, this breed of dog is legendary for being very docile, calm, and friendly and interacts well with
children. To understand this breed you will need more information than is provided in this brief synopsis. If you
are interested in knowing more about this gentle giant, check out this E-book below.
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