Looking for a strong dog breed that comes from Newfoundland? Then the Newfoundland dog is the breed for you. This dog was originally a working dog that was used to pull the nets for the fishermen as well as to haul wood from the forest. This dog is a very capable and hardworking animal. He does equally well on land or water. He is also a very sweet-natured and responsive animal that makes a great family companion.
Vital Stats of the Newfoundland
- Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
- Height: 2 feet, 1 inch to 2 feet, 5 inches (63.5 to 73.66 centimeters) tall at the shoulder
- Weight: 100 to 150 pounds (45.36 to 68.04 kilograms)
- Life Span: 8 to 10 years
General Info On the Newfoundland
Probably the greatest influence on the popularity of this breed of dog was that of Nana, the fictional Newfoundland that was employed as the nanny by the Darling family in Peter Pan. This is how Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie introduced this dog in his 1904 play, Peter Pan, which has become a classic children's story today.
Although the portrayal of Nana being a round-the-clock babysitter is a bit of a stretch there is, however, some truth in Barrie's characterization of the dog.
The Newfoundland is a sweet dog who really loves children. He is extremely gentle and friendly with them and very protective. People who love this dog call him a natural-born babysitter.
The Newfoundland originates from Newfoundland, Canada where he is affectionately called the "Newfie." He shares his birthplace with the Labrador Retriever. Both of these breeds are similar in character as they share a desire to please, have above average intelligence, a strong work ethic, extreme friendliness, and are adaptable and versatile.
The Newfoundland is a very large breed weighing about 100 pounds or more. He is a relatively placid animal which needs daily exercise to keep fit and in good condition.
This is not a dog for a neat freak. The Newfoundland has a long, heavy coat that is prone to attracting mud, burrs, and dirt which he will happily track throughout the house. He requires quite a bit of grooming to keep him looking good. And he is a drooler.
The Newfoundland is a great dog for training as he learns very quickly. These dogs need to begin their training at a very early age as they grow up quickly.
This is a dog that is a natural hero. There are many stories of the Newfoundland saving people, especially children, who have fallen into the icy waters of the Atlantic and elsewhere.
Whatever your purpose for getting a Newfoundland this is a dog that will capture your heart from the moment you set eyes upon him.
Some FAQs About the Newfoundland
- Does the Newfoundland adapt well to apartment living?
- Size really has nothing to do with whether a particular breed of dog will do well in an apartment environment or not. The two factors that do have an impact are the size of the apartment and whether you can provide the necessary exercise and activity that the dog needs. Also, some breeds are constant noise makers and many buildings and municipalities have no barking bylaws. (See List of Dogs Not Well Suited to Apartment Living.)
- Is the Newfoundland good for novice dog owners?
- Dogs come in all sorts of temperaments. Some are very easy to train and handle while others are a real handful. The Newfoundland is an attentive dog that is fairly easy to handle but does have his moments when he really doesn't want to do anything. (See List of Dogs That Are Good For Experienced Owners.)
- Is the Newfoundland a sensitive dog?
- Some dogs don't really care when they are reprimanded while other will probably give you the cold shoulder for several hours. Low-sensitivity dogs are often called "easygoing and tolerant." The Newfound is often a big sulker and does not really like to be told off. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Sensitivity Level.)
- Can the Newfoundland tolerate being left alone for extended periods of time?
- The Newfoundland is a dog that bonds really close with his family. These dogs can suffer from separation anxiety. They are also known for causing a lot of damage to the home when they are left alone. For this reason it is recommended that these dogs be crated when you must leave them alone. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Be Alone.)
- Does the Newfoundland tolerate cold weather well?
- The Newfoundland comes from the north-east coast of Canada where winters can get extremely cold so he is very capable of tolerating the cold weather. This does not mean that you should keep this dog outside in cold weather. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Cold Weather.)
- Does the Newfoundland tolerate the hot weather well?
- The Newfoundland is a dog with a relatively thick coat which makes him vulnerable to overheating in hot weather. These dogs require the comforts of an air conditioned home and a place to get out of the sun when outside in the hot weather. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited for Hot Weather.)
- Is the Newfoundland an affectionate dog with the entire family?
- The Newfoundland loves the company of people and he becomes very attached to his family loving each member equally. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Affectionate With Family.)
- Is the Newfoundland a kid friendly dog?
- Some dogs love children while others will avoid them at all costs. The Newfoundland is known as a nanny dog that will affectionately keep a close eye over the children in a household. The Newfie is no exception. He will allow children to crawl all over him and also let them tug at him. Just keep in mind that all dogs are individuals and all of them require the proper training on how to get along with children. (See Our Kid-Friendly Dog List and our List of Dogs That Are Not Kid-Friendly.)
- Is the Newfoundland a dog friendly dog?
- Friendliness toward dogs and friendliness toward humans are two completely different things. Some dogs hunt in packs and will get along quite nicely with other dogs. Other dogs are very territorial and will not tolerate another dog within their domain. The Newfoundland tends to be really good with other dogs but you should still keep a good eye on him because he can do quite a bit of damage to another dog within a few seconds. To minimize the risk all dogs should be trained and have good canine social skills. (See List of Dogs That Are Not So Dog-Friendly.)
- Is the Newfoundland a dog that is friendly toward strangers?
- The Newfoundland loves not only its family but anyone who comes by for a visit. He is the type of dog that will gladly accept a pat on the head and kind words from strangers. Exposing these dogs to lots of different types of people when they are puppies will make him a well-rounded dog that will enjoy the company of all. (See List of Dogs That Are Shy.)
- Does the Newfoundland shed a lot?
- These dogs shed constantly with two heavy shedding each year in the Spring and Fall. There are people who have made two sweaters in a year from the amount of hair that the Newfoundland sheds in the same period. (See List of Dogs That Shed Very Little.)
- Does the Newfoundland dog drool a lot?
- If you are not into a dog that drools a lot I would recommend that you stay away from the Newfoundland. This dog will make an absolute mess of your bed if they are allowed to sleep in your bed. They not only drool when you are preparing their meals but they also tend to drool more when they get excited. (See List of Dogs That Don't Drool A Lot.)
- Is the Newfoundland an easy dog to groom?
- Some dogs require only one brushing every week to help keep their coats in good condition. Others require two or three twenty-minute grooming sessions per week. Because of the heavy coat of the Newfoundland, and this dog's ability to get as dirty as it can, you will need to constantly keep up with its grooming. (See List of Dogs That Require More Grooming.)
- Is the Newfoundland a healthy dog breed?
- Some dogs have a multitude of possible heredity and medical issues while others are as fit-as-a-fiddle all through their happy lives. The Newfoundland tends to fall into the first group of dogs. When getting a Newfoundland you would be well advised to speak with a veterinarian about the potential health risks of this breed. (See List of Dogs That Are Prone To Health Problems.)
- Is the Newfoundland at risk for gaining weight?
- Big dogs tend to have very hearty appetites and the Newfoundland is no exception. Because of this they need a fair amount of exercise to work off the calories consumed. If not they will quickly gain weight. As long as you can spend the time exercising and walking your dog then the risk of weight gain will be kept at a minimum.
- Is the Newfoundland a big dog, medium-sized dog, or small dog?
- There are all sizes of dogs in the world. You will find really small dogs, really big dogs, and dogs in between. If you are looking for a lap dog I would not get a Newfoundland. These dogs are really big getting up to more than 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms). If you like big dogs then you are really going to like the Newfoundland. (See List of Dogs That Are Small and our List of Dogs That Are Medium-Sized.)
- Is the Newfoundland an easy dog to train?
- Some dogs just really like to please their humans. This train makes such dogs really easy to train as they will do anything to please you. The Newfoundland is really easy to train as long as you provide positive reinforcement during the training process. (See List of Dogs That Are A Challenge To Train.)
- Is the Newfoundland an intelligent dog?
- Working dogs are dogs that need to use their brains in order for them to do their jobs. The Newfoundland will show you how intelligent they really are if you give them a daily job to do. As long as you provide this dog with mental stimulation they will be very happy doing whatever it is you require them to do. (See List of Dogs That Have Low Intelligence.)
- Does the Newfoundland have a high potential for mouthiness?
- Mouthiness refers to a dog's tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite when you play with them. This is common behavior for all dogs when they are puppies and they need to be trained to prevent them from getting carried away and injuring the person that they are playing with. Most dogs tend to grow out of being extremely mouthy as pups and pursue a gentler form of playing with humans and other dogs. The Newfoundland is usually really gentle in this respect.
- Does the Newfoundland have a high prey drive?
- Prey drive is something that is usually found in dogs that were bred to hunt. The Newfoundland, although not a hunting dog, does like to chase smaller animals. For this reason you are well advised to keep this dog on a good, string leash when you walk them. You also need to be prepared if they suddenly get the urge to chase after another animal as these dogs are really strong and can drag a person down the street with little effort. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Prey Drive.)
- Is the Newfoundland a noisy dog?
- Does the Newfoundland have a high wanderlust potential?
- Some dogs love to roam their neighborhoods and explore. Others have an inherent fear of losing sight of you. Some Newfoundlands are definitely explorers and will wander off on their own. Others really don't want to lose sight of you. It really depends on the dog and their training. (See List of Dogs Less Prone to Wander.)
- Does the Newfoundland have a high energy level?
- Being a big dog the Newfoundland has quite a bit of energy. However, being a big dog they do not have an abundance of energy. For this reason these dogs tend to fall in the middle when it comes to energy level. They will keep on going until they are tired and they will take a break. Some even pace themselves so that they don't become exhausted too quickly which allows them to go on doing whatever they're doing for a longer period of time. (See List of Dogs That Have Low Energy.)
- Is the Newfoundland an intense dog?
- Some dogs really put everything into whatever they're doing. This doesn't mean that they are high energy. It just means that they focus on the task at hand. The Newfoundland is really laid back when it comes to doing stuff. If your Newfie is a digger, for example, he may dig for about ten minutes then stop and continue another day. (See List of Dogs That Are Low Intensity.)
- Does the Newfoundland require a lot of exercise?
- Even though these dogs have a tendency to gain weight they really don't need a whole lot of exercise. Taking on a twenty-minute walk twice a day is basically all they require to keep the weight off. The important thing is that these dogs do get the necessary amount of exercise daily. This will help to burn off any excess energy that they may have and it will also make them sleep through the night if they are walked just before bed time. (See List of Dogs That Don't Need Tons of Exercise.)
- Is the Newfoundland a playful dog?
- Some dogs tend to keep their puppy behavior throughout their lives. Always looking and begging for a game. The Newfoundland is a very playful dog. He will play as many games with you for as long as you can keep going. And then he'll want more. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Playful.)
General Highlights of the Newfoundland
Below are some of the most interesting of the general highlights of the Newfoundland dog:
- This is a big dog when fully grown. He is also a relatively mellow dog that requires a spacious environment. He is not a dog for an apartment.
- The Newfoundland has a very strong work ethic. This is a dog that was bred to work and needs daily exercise as well as mental stimulation. This dog does very well with ongoing training and dog sports.
- This dog is a constant drooler. If you don't like to constantly wipe up his drool then this is not the dog for you.
- To keep the Newfoundland's coat in good condition he requires constant, regular grooming. If you do it yourself this can be quite time consuming. If you hire a professional groomer this can be rather expensive.
- This dog requires a cooler environment. He can adapt to warmer climates but he will need to be kept in area where there is air conditioning and fans so that he can stay cool.
- The Newfoundland has a multitude of potential heredity and medical conditions which may afflict him. To get a healthy dog you must buy one from a reputable breeder. These people test their dogs to weed out any hereditary and medical anomalies that the dog may have.
History of the Newfoundland Dog
The Newfoundland dog originated in Newfoundland, Canada. Here he is known to have worked alongside the fishermen that fished the Atlantic ocean. However, complete details of the Newfoundland's origination are sketchy at best.
There are three possible theories of how the Newfoundland came into existence. Something that is true of most dog breeds today. And all are very hard to validate.
The first theory states that the Newfoundland is a cross between the now-extinct American Black Wolf and the Tibetan Mastiff. Eventually, through the in-breeding of these puppies the Newfoundland evolved. The second theory is that this dog was left behind by the Vikings when they visited the New World in 1000 A.D. These dogs eventually bred with the wolves that were native to Eastern Canada. The final theory, which may be the best choice, is the Newfoundland resulted from many European breeds that were cross bred sometime around the 15th and 16th centuries. It is believed that dogs such as the Pyrenean Sheep Dog, Mastiff, and Portuguese Water Dog are part of the mix.
Whichever theory is correct one thing that is known is that several Newfoundlands were acquired by the English botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, in the late 18th century. And it wasn't until 1775 that this breed received a name by George Cartwright. The breed was also identified by Professor Albert Heim of Switzerland in the late 1800s when he described them in his journal.
But this breed was almost wiped out. Prior to the late 1800s the government imposed a rather hefty tax on families. Back then you were allowed to keep one dog but you had to pay a tax on it. Most families at that time were so poor that they could barely take care of themselves. Paying another tax would of definitely broken those families so the majority of them did not own a dog. Since there was no demand for the Newfoundland people stopped breeding them.
The resurgence of this breed of dog can be attributed to Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873). Many of his paintings included the Newfoundland dog. And one variety of Newfoundland, the black and white variety, was named Landseer in his honor.
But the future of this dog was still on shaky ground. Its future was not guaranteed until the Honorable Harold MacPherson (1884-1963), the governor of Newfoundland, chose this dog as his choice of dog breed.
Now that this breed was gaining acceptance it appeared in its first show in 1860 in England. Nineteen years later the first Newfoundland was registered with the American Kennel Club. Four years later the first American Newfoundland champion was named.
Size of the Newfoundland
These are truly big dogs. Males stand at 28 inches (71.12 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and weigh between 130 to 150 pounds (58.97 to 68.04 kilograms). Females stand 26 inches (66.04 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and weigh between 100 and 120 pounds (45.36 to 54.43 kilograms).
Personality of the Newfoundland
The first thing that people notice about the Newfoundland is his sweet disposition. This is a dog that just wants to be hugged and loved all day long. He is really great with children, very intelligent, and wants nothing more than to please his people. This dog is best suited for a family with children. He does hate to be left alone and should not be left alone for long periods of time.
This breed of dog requires early socialization. Starting at a very young age he should be exposed to as many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences as possible. By providing early socialization you will guarantee that you dog will grow up to be a well-rounded dog that enjoys people and his environment.
To get your dog started on the right foot it is recommended that they be enrolled in a puppy kindergarten class. Throwing puppy parties and inviting people over to your house will help to reinforce his socialization training. And taking him to dog parks and other places where there are dogs will help to socialize him with dogs.
Health Considerations of the Newfoundland
This dog is prone to a variety of health conditions. This does not mean, however, that he will acquire any of these. The important thing is that you are aware of them so that you can be prepared if any arise.
The first step when buying a puppy is to find a good breeder. These people will show you all the health clearance that the parents and puppies. These clearance prove that a dog has been tested for particular conditions and cleared of them.
The health clearances you should expect to see include clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand's disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that eyes are normal. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (offa.org).
Below is a listing of the possible hereditary and medical conditions which may afflict this breed of dog:
- Addison's Disease: Also known as hypoadrenocorticism, this extremely serious condition is caused by an insufficient production of adrenal hormones by the adrenal gland. Most dogs with Addison's disease vomit, have a poor appetite, and lethargy. Because these signs are vague and can be mistaken for other conditions, it's easy to miss this disease as a diagnosis until it reaches more advanced stages. More severe signs occur when a dog is stressed or when potassium levels get high enough to interfere with heart function, causing severe shock and death. If Addison's is suspected, your vet may perform a series of tests to confirm the diagnosis.
- Cataracts: As in humans, canine cataracts are characterized by cloudy spots on the eye lens that can grow over time. They may develop at any age, and often don't impair vision, although some cases cause severe vision loss. Breeding dogs should be examined by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist to be certified as free of hereditary eye disease before they're bred. Cataracts can usually be surgically removed with good results.
- Cherry eye: Cherry eye occurs when the gland known as the third eyelid swells. It looks like a red mass — a cherry — at the inner corner of the dog's eye. The treatment for cherry eye is usually surgery, either attaching the gland in place with stitches or removing the tissue, which results in a tightening that pushes the gland back in place once it has healed.
- Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis: This heart problem is caused by a narrow connection between the left ventricle (out-flow) and the aorta. It can cause fainting and even sudden death. Your vet can detect it and prescribe the proper treatment.
- Epilepsy: Epilepsy is often inherited and can cause mild or severe seizures. Seizures may be exhibited by unusual behavior, such as running frantically as if being chased, staggering, or hiding. Seizures are frightening to watch, but the long-term prognosis for dogs with idiopathic epilepsy is generally very good. It's important to remember that seizures can be caused by many other things than idiopathic epilepsy, such as metabolic disorders, infectious diseases that affect the brain, tumors, exposure to poisons, severe head injuries, and more.
- Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn't fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness on one or both rear legs, but you may not notice any signs of discomfort in a dog with hip dysplasia. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop. X-ray screening for hip dysplasia is done by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. If you're buying a puppy, ask the breeder for proof that the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia and are free of problems.
- Elbow Dysplasia: This is a heritable condition common to large-breed dogs. It's thought to be caused by different growth rates of the three bones that make up the dog's elbow, causing joint laxity. This can lead to painful lameness. Your vet may recommend surgery to correct the problem or medication to control the pain.
- Hypothyroidism: This is a disorder of the thyroid gland that's thought to cause conditions such as epilepsy, hair loss, obesity, lethargy, dark patches on the skin, and other skin conditions. It's treated with medication and diet.
- Cystinuria: Cystinuria is an inherited disorder caused by an inability to reabsorb cystine, which is an amino acid, in the kidneys. This results in kidney or bladder stones that cause blockage and urinary tract inflammation. If left untreated, it can lead to death. Treatment includes medication that prevents the formation of stones. Genetic testing is available.
- Cancer: Symptoms that may indicate canine cancer include abnormal swelling of a sore or bump, sores that do not heal, bleeding from any body opening, and difficulty with breathing or elimination. Treatments for cancer include chemotherapy, surgery, and medications.
- Gastric Torsion: Commonly called bloat, this is a life-threatening condition that affects large, deep-chested dogs like Newfoundlands, especially if they're fed one large meal a day, eat rapidly, or drink large amounts of water or exercise vigorously after eating. Bloat occurs when the stomach is distended with gas or air and then twists. The dog is unable to belch or vomit to rid himself of the excess air in his stomach, and blood flow to the heart is impeded. Blood pressure drops and the dog goes into shock. Without immediate medical attention, the dog can die. Suspect bloat if your dog has a distended abdomen, is drooling excessively, and retching without throwing up. He also may be restless, depressed, lethargic, and weak with a rapid heart rate. If you notice these symptoms, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
- Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament: This is a common knee injury and tends to occur in young, large dogs during play or older overweight dogs; the anterior cruciate ligament tears or ruptures resulting in a sudden lameness. Treatment varies according to severity, but includes rest, limited activity, medication, and surgery.
General Care Of the Newfoundland
The Newfoundland is a really mellow dog that needs regular activity to keep him healthy and happy. He is not a runner so he doesn't like to run a lot. Take him to the lake or beach and he will swim to his heart's content.
Since these dogs grow rapidly between the ages of four and seven months, you will have to take special care. Being a big dog combined with rapid growth can often lead to bone disorders. Also, big dogs tend to age more rapidly than smaller dogs. Because of this they often show signs of age-related conditions at an earlier age.
To reduce the risk of bone disorders you are advised to not let the Newfoundland puppy run on very hard surfaces or pull any type of cart until he is at least two years old. This will give the bones a chance to fully form before being put to any strenuous type of work or activity. Taking them on swimming trips is a great form of exercise for puppies as they get to work their muscles without damaging the bones.
These dogs require training and you should begin the training process as soon as you bring your new puppy home. You should have no problem training him as he is very eager to please.
Leash training is also a must for these dogs. If not properly leash trained you could find yourself being pulled down the street by your Newfoundland.
Newfoundlands also should be enrolled in puppy kindergarten as well as obedience classes. This will help to round out your dog.
Feeding the Newfoundland
These dogs require 4 to 5 cups of the highest quality dog food you can provide daily. This should be divided into two meals, one in the morning and one a couple of hours before bedding down for the night.
Puppies of this breed need a slow, steady growth cycle. The food that you feed your dog should contain 22 to 24 percent of protein and 12 to 15 percent of fat.
To keep your Newfoundland in good shape you need to feed them twice a day. Do not leave food out all day for him as he will eat it all in one sitting. This will make him lazy and he will gain weight as a result.
Keep in mind that all dogs are individuals when you feed them. How much food your dog will actually require will depend on such things as his build, age, size, metabolism, and activity level. Also, the better the quality of dog food you feed him the less he will require per meal.
The important thing when feeding your dog is to keep his weight under control. Run your hands down his sides. You should be able to feel his ribs. If you can't you need to feed him less food and give him more exercise.
Coat Color and Grooming Of A Newfoundland
The coat of the Newfoundland is a flat, water-resistant double coat. The outer coat contains coarse, long hair while the undercoat is very soft and dense. Shedding is moderate but constant. The bulk of the shedding occurs in the Spring and Fall and is usually quite heavy. Newfies can be found in a variety of colors. You can find them in solid black, brown, gray. They are also found in Landseer which is a primarily white coat with black markings.
The beautiful coat of the Newfoundland requires a good brushing at least two times per week. Three is preferable. Bathing should be done approximately every two months. Monthly if the dog insists on playing in the dirt or mud. Just be sure to use a shampoo that is made for dogs. Don't use any human products on your Newfie.
A lot of people who own a Newfoundland prefer to hire a professional groomer two or three times a year because grooming is a large task with these dogs. However, it is up to you to provide the regular brushings. These dogs are dirt magnets so regular grooming is an absolute must with this breed.
You also need to brush your dog's teeth two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and bacteria. This will help to keep your dog's teeth in good condition. If your goal is to also prevent gum disease and bad breath you should increase his teeth brushing to daily or even after every meal. Don't rely on chew tows and treats that say they remove tartar and bacteria. They work to a point but don't do as good a job as brushing his teeth does.
His nails will also need trimming once a month if your dog doesn't wear them down naturally. A good rule-of-thumb is that if you can hear your dog's nails clicking on the floor when he walks they are too long.
Check your dog's ears weekly for any redness, sores, or a bad odor. All of which could indicate an infection in the ear canal. Keep the ears clean by wiping them with a dampened cotton ball using a gentle, pH-balances ear cleaner for dogs. Do not insert anything into the ear canal. A dog's ear canal is short and you could damage the ear drum.
The whole grooming process should be an enjoyable experience for both you and the dog. Start getting your Newfoundland accustomed to being groomed when he is a puppy. Make it a positive experience. Give him plenty of praises and rewards. Your veterinarian will greatly appreciate this as it will make exams and other handling as an adult much easier.
Besides making your dog look good the grooming process is also your chance to examine your dog for any abnormalities. During the grooming process you should be checking for sores, rashes, signs of infection, and parasites such as fleas and ticks. Also check the eyes making sure that there is no redness or discharge. This is your first line of defence as it gives you the opportunity of spotting potential problems with his health early.
The Newfoundland, Children, and Other Pets
This is a giant cuddly, four-legged teddy bear that is extremely tolerant of children. He is a kid magnet. However, because of his size he can accidentally knock over a small child. His size can even make him appear intimidating to children who do not know him.
As a responsible parent to both children and pets, it is your responsibility to teach children the proper way to interact with a dog. You will also need to train your dog how to interact with children. And never leave a child alone unsupervised with a dog.
Newfoundlands are also tolerant of other pets. As long as the dog is properly socialized and trained he will get along quite nicely with cats, dogs, and other small mammals.
It's unfortunate that many people acquire a Newfoundland without really understanding of what goes into owning and caring for one. There are many Newfoundlands that are in need of adoption or fostering. If you are really interested in getting one of these dogs you should check with your local shelters, kennel clubs, and breeders. They should all be able to point you toward a Newfoundland rescue. Or you can contact the Newfoundland Club of America Rescue Network.
Newfoundland Breed Organizations
If you would rather get a Newfoundland from a breeder you should contact the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. as they maintain a listing of registered Newfoundland dog breeders.
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