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Newfoundland

What you need to know about Newfoundlands.

Size
Giant
Life Expectancy
typically 9+ years
Shedding
Long length with heavy shedding

How to pronounce Newfoundland: nyoo·fuhnd·luhnd 

Newfoundlands are large working dogs originating from Canada’s Newfoundland region. They’re recognised by their giant size and a long, fluffy coat that’s usually black, brown, grey, white, or black and white. 

Their webbed feet, water-resistant coat, and strength make them excellent swimmers. For this reason, Newfoundlands are often used to support water rescue missions.   

When it comes to behaviour, each doggo has their own traits and quirks. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re taking a look at everything Newfoundland, bringing you the important facts and things to consider. 

Could you give a Newfoundland a forever home? 

Caring for Newfoundlands

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Newfoundland.

Health issues

Before giving a Newfoundland a forever home, consider any possible health issues. Not every dog experiences them, but it’s important to be prepared.

For more advice on potential health issues for Newfoundlands, ...

How much food does a Newfoundland need?

Different Newfoundlands need different amounts of food depending on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

Dog food packets can serve as a useful guide, ...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Newfoundland need?

Newfoundlands are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy. 

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explor...

How much grooming does a Newfoundland need?

Newfoundlands shed heavily. Introduce handling and grooming slowly and in a positive way. This helps your pooch feel more comfortable with it. Grooming is more enjoyable for everyone if your dog feels relaxed and conf...

What crate size do you need for a Newfoundland?

In their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • sit and stand at their full height
  • turn around without touching the edges
  • lie down at full stretch
  • wag their tail.  
  • ...

Newfoundland behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Newfoundlands, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

What’s the temperament of a Newfoundland?

Each dog has their own personality and individual experiences of the world. So, each dog has their own temperament.

Two Newfoundlands, for example, may have very different ways of reacting to certain situations....

Are Newfoundlands easy to train?

Any breed of dog can be taught new tricks. The important thing is that the learning is positive. Find out your doggo’s favourite snacks, toys or treats. These work well as rewards for training and they find it much mo...

Are Newfoundlands good with children?

Each dog’s personality is shaped by their experiences of the world and they respond differently to certain situations.  

But there are some universal ways to treat any dog, including Newfoundlands, respectf...

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