How does a calm, patient, and sweet natured companion who’s affectionate and devoted sound? Perfect, right? We’re talking about the Newfoundland dog breed, of course.
This working group dog is a massive sized pooch that stands 26-28 inches tall on average and weighs around 100-150 pounds. However, the Newfoundland dog’s striking, powerful appearance and heavy boned structure belies a calm and patient nature.
Newfoundlands, or Newfies as they are lovingly called, were originally bred for hauling fishing nets out of the water, carting wood up and down hilly streets in Newfoundland, and performing water rescue work. They are a cross between the now extinct American Black Wolf and the Tibetan Mastiff. The average life expectancy for this breed is 9-10 years.
In modern times, Newfoundlands make excellent family pets as well as working dogs. They are highly affectionate with family members and quite playful, and consequently do exceptionally well with young kids and other dogs in the family.
Newfies are relatively easy to train with gentle guidance. They have moderate physical activity and mental stimulation needs. Newfies will not usually bark unless they want to alert you to something.
In terms of grooming care, Newfies have a medium length double coat that sheds moderately and requires weekly brushings. Prospective Newfoundland owners should, however, be aware that this breed tends to drool a lot (you’ll need to keep a towel handy at all times).
A Newfoundland dog is quite open to strangers and is a robust, hardy, adaptable canine. This breed has a strong protective instinct and therefore does great as a guard dog. Indeed, Newfies are often called the perfect nanny dogs and noble giants.
Newfies are some of the biggest dogs in the world, so that is definitely something to keep in mind before searching for Newfoundland puppies for sale. However, if you think this is the perfect breed for your family and lifestyle, then all that’s left to do is find the best Newfie breeders on Puppy Hero and bring an adorable bundle of joy home.