About the Newfoundland Dog  
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The Newfoundland Dog - The Newfoundland Dog is best know for it's sweet disposition. A loyal and devoted companion, Newfoundland dogs make a wonderful addition to any family. Known as "Gentle Giants", the average size of an adult dog is 28" and 130 - 150 lbs, while the average for a bitch is 26" and 100 - 120lbs. Newfoundlands come in a variety of colors, ranging from blacks, browns and grays, to the Landseer, which is black and white. The average lifespan of these dogs is 8-10 years. The Newfoundland dog is know for "working" in such events as water rescue, draft, tracking and companion dog.

The History of the Newfoundland Dog - It is believed that the Newfoundland Dog originated in Newfoundland and is a descendant of the Great Pyrenees. Known as both a working dog and water dog, Newfoundlands were commonly found pulling carts or on the deck of a boat. With its webbed feet and strong physique, many a story has been told of men, women and children beings rescued from the seas. Even today one can hear stories about the lifesaving abilities of newfs.

The Newfoundland as a Pet - Newfoundland dogs make wonderful pets. Loyal and sweet-tempered, they are devoted to the family that cares for them. Because of these hallmark traits, Newfoundland dogs need to be included as part of the family.

Yes, they drool and yes, they shed, but all other aspects of this breed outweigh these inconveniences. Newfoundlands can drool when hungry, hot or excited, but you will always be prepared if you keep a "slobber rag" handy. In regards to shedding, Newfs normally "blow" their coats twice a year, in fall and spring, but regular brushing can keep the coat healthy. You may even be inspired to start spinning newfie fur into yarn for a really cool newfie sweater.

Newfies and Children - Did you know that "Nana", from the original Peter Pan story, was a Newf?? That is exactly why newfs and children make a perfect match. These Gentle Giants love children and are very tolerant of their behavior, though an adult should always be present to insure that no injury comes to these dogs.

Newfoundlands as Working Dogs - The Newfoundland is a working dog, mainly due to it's temperament, instinct and devotion. Many of the working titles today are derived from the work these dogs did in the 1800's. Titles include Water Rescue, Draft Dog, Tracking Dog, and Companion Dog.