The Newfoundland: A Complete Guide

If there is a dog that could possibly be a proof that dogs and mermaids can mix, the Newfoundland is definitely the one!

Some people like to call them Newfies or Newfs. Regardless of the name, one thing is sure, these dogs LOVE the water and will take a swim any chance they get.

In fact, the Newfoundland is the best water prepared dog in the world. They use their strong and big tails as a rudder while paddling with their duck style webbed feet.

No wonder this breed is being used as water rescuers all over the world.

They are also isolated well enough and strong and heavy enough to jump and break the ice on a frozen river, without even the slightest worry about getting sick afterward.

However, this breed can also be a great family dog if trained and socialized properly and right from the start.

But, before you jump into the water and start swimming with your Newfoundland. Let’s see if this breed is really a match made in heaven for you.

For starters, let’s check out the current price range for a Newfoundland puppy.

The Newfoundland Puppies – Before You Buy…

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The Newfoundland is a sweet and caring dog.

Yes, we can all agree that the Newfoundland puppies are adorable. However, are they a good choice when it comes to families? Can they live in an apartment? How much do they actually cost?

Just some of the questions you should know the answer to before making the final decision.

Let’s see, first, if your budget can handle a Newfoundland puppy purchase.

What price are the Newfoundland puppies?

The Newfoundland is not a cheap breed. In fact, they are on the higher end of the price tag list.

For a puppy that comes from a reputable breeder and has all the necessary paperwork (health tests clearances for both the parents and the complete medical history of the pup), you can expect a price range that goes from $1K to $2K.

Of course, the $2K pups are most likely bred for winning the dog shows and nos that much for being regular home pets.

For a healthy pup with good genes and temperament, meant for keeping as a pet in a home, you can expect the price to be around $1K.

How to find reputable Newfoundland breeders?

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Newfoundland is really smart.

Finding a reputable breeder that offers high-quality pups and actually stands behind the quality, is not as easy to find as one might think.

This is an expensive breed and from just one litter, you can earn a serious profit. That is exactly why you need to be really cautious when choosing a Newfoundland breeder.

What you want to avoid are puppy mills and backyard breeders.

The first, have numerous litters available all the time, but those pups are kept in horrible conditions and aren’t fed with high-quality food.

This means that the puppy you buy from them is probably with bad health and most likely has some genetically heritable disease that will show up later in his life because the parents weren’t test cleared.

The backyard breeders, on the other hand, care more about their dogs but are simply not professional enough to produce a high-quality litter.

You might get a pup that is healthy and even from parents that had been cleared of certain genetic heritable diseases that trouble this breed.

However, due to the lack of knowledge in this area, there’s no guarantee that the dog’s parent’s temperaments are a match and that your pup won’t grow up into a problem maker.

Therefore, it is really important that when you talk to a breeder, he gives you an insight into the breed, and shows you the necessary documentation.

Also, he should allow you to meet both of the parents so that you know what temperament to expect from your puppy.

Only when all these conditions are met, can you be sure that you are dealing with a serious breeder that doesn’t want to just rip you off. Instead, he is actually concerned more about finding the right home for his puppies.

3 Little-known facts about the Newfoundland puppies

This is the part where you will actually find out if the Newfoundland puppies are just cute, or if they can make a great addition to your family as well.

  • This is an expensive breed

Besides the high price, the whole process of taking care of your dog is rather pricey as well.

Since this is a huge dog breed, your pup will need to have “XXL” dosages of all the necessary shot.

And, you might have already guessed, that costs a pretty penny.

  • They are chewers!

While they are still pups, the Newfoundlands tend to chew a lot. And they won’t hesitate to take a bite of your slippers, the couch, or even chair legs.

But don’t worry, this habit fades as they grow and their teeth are fully formed.

  • They will want to be with you all the time

The Newfoundlands are not loners. They were bred to help around the household and that is exactly what they will want to do.

Even while still a little pup, you will see your Newfoundland following you anywhere you go, hoping to get in on the action, regardless of what you are doing.

Physical Traits of the Newfoundland

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Newfoundlands love water.

You already know that this is a big dog breed. But do you know the actual size of a Newfoundland? A “little” hint, they are bigger than you can actually imagine!

How big is a full-grown Newfoundland?

Yes, they are giant dogs! When up on their back feet, even a medium-sized Newfoundland will be taller than most people.

The height of a male Newfoundland ranges from 28 to 30 inches, while the weight goes from 130 to 150 pounds!

The females are slightly smaller and lighter, and their weight goes from 100 to 120 pounds, while the height range goes from 26 to 28 inches.

What is the life expectancy of the Newfoundland?

If taken care of properly and if you take your Newfoundland to vet check-ups regularly, and if he gets the necessary amounts of exercise throughout his life, you can expect a decade of true loyalty and companionship.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Newfoundland

When it comes to Newfoundlands, there are just so many things people love about them. For starters, they are patient, sweet, devoted, and really affectionate.

They have that “go-with-the-flow” attitude and in most cases, they are really great with kids.

As for strangers or animals, they see for the first time, their motto is “Future friends I have to meet”.

But, don’t let that friendly appearance fool you because they also know to be very protective, especially when he is babysitting the kids.

They are not particular runners, but occasional romping sessions in the yard or the park will make them feel good.

But, a situation they can’t simply help themselves are when encountered with a pool or a lake, or any larger water surface they can swim in. They are born to swim and that is when they are happy the most.

So, if you have kids who haven’t learned how to swim yet, your Newfoundland will be the best teacher they can get.

Speaking of teaching, you will find that training a Newfoundland puppy is a piece of cake. Thanks to their high intelligence levels, these dogs are really easy to train and actually love learning new things.

But, you don’t have to be too hard on your pup because it really picks up the commands quickly. What we recommend is a sensitive and gentle approach and your dog will be thrilled to start the training each day.

Now, when it comes to the things you should be “warned” about, you should know that due to their thick double coat, Newfoundlands are not meant to live in hot climate areas.

So, if you live, for example, in a desert climate area, and you don’t have a huge house with a powerful AC system, and a huge pool he can cool off in, this might not be a breed for you.

They are meant to live in cold conditions and their favorite part of the year is. Well, the Winter.

Also, if you like to have your home all clean and shiny, this dog might not be the right choice…

They really drool a lot and have their fair share of shedding.

However, if you are looking for a dog that is huge, smart, loyal and can be a great companion to both you and your kids, and is an excellent swimming coach, the Newfoundland might be just the dog you were looking for.

Newfoundland Diet

For those of you who didn’t know, the Newfoundlands have a slow growth rate. This means that while they are pups, they need a high-quality diet that is some 25% protein and 15% fat.

To make sure he eats properly and doesn’t overeat, you should feed him twice a day instead of pouring out the daily amount of food all at once and let him eat it all at once.

How much Exercise does a Newfoundland need?

The Newfoundland is a slow looking dog and he doesn’t require much running. But, he does need regular activities in order to keep his health.

One thing is sure, this dog won’t run marathons, but when it comes to swimming, he takes the lead over any other dog.

However, while still a puppy, your Newfie shouldn’t be exposed to too much exercise or his slowly developing joints, bones, and muscles might suffer stress.

Running on soft grass is quite okay, but don’t let him run or jump on the pavement until he is at least two years old and his body is pretty much fully developed.

If you want your dog to properly develop, without the danger of stressing out the joints and muscles, you should take him swimming every chance you get. This way, all of his muscles will work, and no harm can be done.

Newfoundland Health and Conditions

The Newfoundlands are known as a breed that is relatively resilient to health issues. But, like any other breed, there are certain conditions that they can suffer from.

In some cases, they can have problems with kidney stones, hip dysplasia, and heart conditions. And, these are the conditions you should ask the health test clearances for the pup’s parent when speaking to the breeder.

Now, we know that feeding a Newfoundland pup with large-breed puppy growth food will slow down the rate of growth.

However, what many don’t know is that this does not affect their stature when they become adult dogs, which is a good thing and can lower the chances of suffering from a hip dysplasia.

Also, Newfoundlands are known to become overweight, so keep an eye on the daily food intake (that includes training treats as well).

My final thoughts on the Newfoundland

Okay, with the health section we have reached the end of our Newfoundland in-depth guide.

So, do you think this breed is the one you were looking for? Still not sure?

To be sure you are making the right choice, let’s take a look at a short summary of all the important facts that determine how your life with a Newfoundland will go.

This is a huge dog breed with an unbelievably mild nature and full of love towards the family they are living with.

They were first bred to be working dogs that would help around the farms. That gene stuck with the breed and today they are still really powerful dogs.

They are excellent swimmers and love hanging around with the kids, which is great because you will never have to worry about leaving the kids alone by the water.

Overall, the Newfoundlands are sweet and caring, and really smart, which makes the training a breeze, and they are perfect family dog material.

How about now? Do you have a clearer picture of this breed? Do you think that this fluffy, gentle giant is the perfect addition to your family?

If some of your friends are also considering getting a Newfoundland pup, but aren’t really familiar with the breed, make sure you share this guide on social media so that they can fall in love with this amazing breed as you did.

Thanks for reading our guide!

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OVERALL SUMMARY

3
Cost to Buy
8.5
Cuteness Level
8
Family Safety
8
Friendliness
9
Health Concerns
6
Life Span
8
Exercise Required
7
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.2 / 10

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