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The Newfoundland is a large working dog with a black, brown, grey or white and black (called Landseer) coat. However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are black or Landseer. They were originally bred and used as working dogs for fishermen in the Dominion of Newfoundland (which became part of Canada in 1949). Newfoundlands are known for their giant size, intelligence, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty. These dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities. Males normally weigh 60–70 kg (130–150 lb), and females 45–55 kg (99–121 lb), placing them in the “Giant” weight range; but some Newfoundland dogs have been known to weigh over 90 kg (200 lb). The largest on record weighed 120 kg (260 lb) and measured over 1.8 m (6 ft) from nose to tail. They may grow up to 56–76 cm (22–30 in) tall at the shoulder. – WIKIPEDIA [photo credit]
My first (and only) encounter with a Newfoundland dog was when an existing walking client got one to keep her Alaskan Malamute company. Thunder was only two months old and the cutest, black ball of fluff imaginable! His crate was in the finished basement where he waited patiently for his daily exercise. At first, he couldn’t manage the stairs and I had to carry him up. Thankfully, he figured it out, because he grew so fast. Our routine was to drive to a nearby park for a rousing play session. The group, comprised of Thunder, his Malamute sister, my Dalmatian and a couple of other regulars partied hardy and went home tired and content. Never have I seen a dog drool as much as Thunder did! Newfs are known for that, which can be an issue for some people. On the other hand, they have sweet dispositions and are truly gentle giants.
Hard-working and great with kids!
Are you familiar with this breed?
Would excessive drooling be a problem?
Looking forward to your comments!