The Newfoundland dog breed was initially bred as a working dog for fishermen. Due to their intelligence, strength and the fact that they are strong, excellent swimmers, and are able to drag nets. They were used by loggers too for wood in the forest. Currently, these dogs are good family pets.
They are very sincere and loyal, very patient with young kids. if you are thinking of adopting a Newfoundland puppy, you should know how to care and train properly.
Caring for Newfoundlands
Newfoundland has a very thick and long coat. To make your puppy look and feel good, you will have to groom your puppy frequently. This means that you will have to comb your dog every day. Many dogs do not like to be groomed, so it’s important to start a good grooming routine from the beginning.
You should also bathe your dog frequently especially if they are prone to jumping in the sea! Alternatively finding a good grooming salon that is confident with large breed dogs may seem expensive but may be worth considering every now and again.
All dogs need exercise, but the Newfoundland exercise regime has to be built up gradually, so as not to damage their joints, so climbing on furniture or up and down stairs should be discouraged.
Due to the fact that your dog will grow lots in the first year, (Up to 50 kg), you must provide a regular routine of exercise that is suitable for your dog.
When you are at home in a fully confined garden you can let your puppy run around, although you will still have to go for a walk. This breed will require exercise every day to maintain its health.
For a dog that enjoys the water, throwing a stick in shallow water and making him retrieve is an excellent exercise. Swimming is good for a dog. You can Join your dog in the water and exercise as well.
Newfoundland Puppy will initially need to sleep a lot. They have a lot of growing to do. It is essential that your puppy has a silent spot to sleep when tired. When your dog has a selected sleeping area, h/she will continue to use this area as his main sleeping spot always, usually a nice cold stone floor!
A daily walk with your puppy is necessary for each dog breed. A bigger breed will require a longer distance than a small dog breed once they start to grow.
People and Newfoundlands
With large breeds, it is important that they have good walking behaviour as they can seem can be terrifying to many people, and sometimes they can scare people, even with their happy attempts to say hello, if you have a 50kg + giant fur ball charging towards you, it may appear alarming, even if you know they are a big softie.
Likewise, your gentle giant may be completely laid back and wouldn’t harm a fly, but many smaller dogs feel threatened and will try and snap at you Newfoundland’s heels, so you need to make sure they don’t inadvertently step on the smaller dogs!
The Newfoundland breed is THE perfect dog breed for us, although they are big, clumsy, VERY hairy and take lots of looking after, you are rewarded by the most amazing, loyal, slobbery breed that will always make you happy, once you get a Newfoundland pup, you will be hooked forever.
About The Author:
Mandi is mum to 7 children, 20 chickens and a one-year-old Newfoundland called Merrie, you can follow their adventures over on Big Dog Little Adventures.