Newfoundland

Read our comprehensive guide to the Newfoundland breed, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of Newfoundland Dogs 

Originating in the Newfoundland area of Canada, this breed is the most powerful waterdog in the world. This large breed is strong, muscular, and an incredible swimmer that excels at search and rescue. They once aided fisherman in by pulling boats in by rope. Today they are famous for being gentle, loyal and majestic house companions adored for their huge hearts.

 

What to expect when caring for your Newfoundland

Common Newfoundland Health Issues

Are there any common health issues related to this breed?

Epilepsy – Newfoundland dogs are prone to both mild and severe seizures. There is no known cause for epilepsy of this kind, it is simply a genetic issue for this breed. This condition can be controlled with medication.

Hip Dysplasia – Joint issues are common in larger breeds and can result in mobility issues.

Cancer - Newfoundlands are more prone to bone cancer than other breeds. As an owner, you can focus on cancer prevention by regularly checking for any unusual lumps or bumps and focusing on your pet’s nutrition.

How Much Grooming Do Newfoundland Dogs Need?

The Newfoundland dog has a unique water-repellent coat made up of a coarse outer coat and a smooth and dense undercoat. The sheer size of the breed makes grooming at home problematic so a visit to a professional groomer is advisable to keep this long and shaggy coat under control. Daily brushing is something you can do as a Newfoundland owner and hovering up dog hair is all part and parcel of Newfoundland ownership.

How Much Exercise Do Newfoundland Dogs Need?

Although this dog is calm and mellow, they still require daily exercise and lots of mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy. This breed was bred to be a water dog so if you like to take fishing trips or beach trips, your pet is only happy to join you. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for any Newfoundland. Aim for an hour per day of exercise, your Newfoundland will be happy to lay around the house for the rest of the day.

  1. Newfoundland Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Newfoundland

    Empathetic and intelligent, the Newfoundland excels at lifesaving thanks to its caring nature and strength. Essentially big teddy bears, this breed are gentle giants and their adorable appearance. Their recognisable thick coat, bushy tail and webbed feet are just one reason that Newfoundland dogs make such great pets. These dogs can seem intimidating because of their size but this breed is actually one of the tamest breeds around.

  2. Are Newfoundlands Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Known as nanny dogs, this breed has a sweet temperament and they adore children. They are natural protectors and are tolerant towards children which is great news for those looking for a family pet. Of course, their sheer size can be a cause for concern for those with smaller children and Newfoundlands should be socialised early on to ensure they have a calm and well-mannered temperament. Children should also be educated on how to interact with a dog of this size.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
25-29 inches
Weight:
45kg-68kg
Temperament:
Strong and Empathetic
Lifespan
8-10 Years
Average Cost:
£918

Newfoundland FAQs:

How Much is a Newfoundland Dog?

Being a Newfoundland owner, of course, comes at a cost. Being one of the more expensive breeds, you can expect to pay on average around £918. Depending on the breeder, the cost of purchasing a Newfoundland can reach £1900.

How Long Do Newfoundland Dogs Live?

Newfoundland dogs have a relatively short lifespan and can live up to 10 years, (some will only live to age 8). However, some Newfoundlands have been known to live up to 15 years old and providing your pet with high quality nutrition and regular exercise can help to prolong their life expectancy.

How Much Does a Newfoundland Weigh?

A giant sturdy working dog, the male Newfoundland weighs in at a whopping 68kg while the females can weigh up to 54kg.

Newfoundland dogs can be prone to a number of common health issues, so having pet insurance can help to protect you against those unexpected vet bills. You can find out more about your cover options benefits with Asda Money Dog Insurance here.

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