Newfoundland dogs make the best companions for the family. The Newfoundland is a very large dog and has natural protective instincts which make them endearing. Despite their large size, this is a gentle creature and prefers to keep a low profile. However, they require a lot of care, so before getting one for your family make sure that you can invest the time in caring for it.


The Newfoundland is among the largest dog breeds and it is not rare to find dogs that reach heights of 28 inches. On average, an adult dog will weigh between 120 and 150 lbs. A waterproof double coat of long hair protects the body. The common colors of the coat are black, brown, gray, and white. In some animals, the eyes may be dark brown while other animals may have lighter eyes.

Due to their size and protective instincts, the American Kennel Club categorizes Newfoundland dogs as working dogs. These animals serve as excellent rescue dogs and are in lighthouses where they play a crucial role in rescue operations in the water. Their waterproof coats makes it easier for them to move through the water and help save human lives.


Of course, a small apartment is hardly the perfect place to live comfortably. Although they are not very active animals and can are content with sitting by themselves, a fenced yard is necessary to help Newfoundland dogs get the exercise they need. However, they will gladly come along if you want to take them out for a walk in the evening.


Newfoundland dogs need early training to develop a pleasant disposition. Untrained puppies are easily excitable yet are instinctively cautious around young children. Obedience training can help them become more comfortable around the home and among strangers. Training a Newfoundland is a big challenge because their huge size makes it difficult to control them.

However, because they like to please their owners and they are social creatures by nature, they learn quickly. A well-acclimatized dog will get along well with children and other pets in the house without being too fussy or temperamental.

General care

Because of its huge size, they has a hearty appetite. If you are considering getting a Newfoundland, you need to be aware of the amount you will be spending on dog food. It is important that you feed your dog food that is rich in protein so that your pet can develop strong bones to support its large body. Vitamin supplements may also be required and you must speak to a veterinarian about it.


Despite the luxuriant growth, grooming a Newfoundland's coat is not a difficult task. Brushing the coat once, a week is enough to prevent matting and remove dirt.

You will also need to clip its nails once a month to prevent damage to your pet.

The Newfoundland is a friendly and devoted companion for the entire family. If you can take the time and effort to care for it, dog will prove to be an unfailing friend.

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