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What Are The Characteristics Of The Newfoundlands?

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What Are The Characteristics Of The Newfoundlands?

Life Span: 8-10 years
Special Skills: Known for ability as a sled dog, as well as a rescue dog
Suitability with Children: Yes, excellent with children
Suitability with Other Pets: Yes
Living Conditions: Relatively inactive, so will do fine living in an apartment or home with no yard if properly exercised.
Trainability: Easily trainable, but is sensitive to tone of voice, so will need an owner who is calm and consistent
Intelligence: Medium to High
Exercise Required: Medium. Should be required to exercise, as they will enjoy being lazy if allowed.
Cost of Maintenance: Medium
Common Ailments: Prone to hip dysplasia, because of their size. This may eventually lead to arthritis in the hips and back legs. Also prone to a genetic heart condition called sub-aortic stenosis, which can vary greatly in symptoms and overall effects. Newfoundland puppies should be examined to rule this out at an early age.
Breed Characteristics: An absolutely big teddy bear, despite their size the Newfoundland is completely content with lounging around the home and just being part of the family. Keep in mind though, that regular exercise should be made part of this breed’s routine just to keep them fit and healthy. The Newfoundland is an excellent family dog, especially for families with children, as they are consistently patient, with an even temperament and a gentle spirit. The best part about this breed is that while they are so easy going, they are big enough to make an excellent watchdog for any home.

An extremely massive and strong looking dog, the Newfoundland weighs in at an average of 110-150 pounds and will usually stand between 26-28 inches tall. The coat is most commonly long, thick and black, although some Newfoundlands will have patches of brown or even white. With a broad and strong head, surrounded by long haired floppy ears that fall to the side, the muzzle of this breed is medium to short and wide. Keep in mind that the sheer size of the dog means they will need regular exercise to keep them from becoming overweight as well as to avoid any health problems.