Newfoundlands are a large, soft, heavy breed that makes them perfect for cuddling, but their weight and fur can sometimes be a dangerous pair. While their fur is water-resistant, it consists of a long, normally black double coat. That amount and coloring of hair combined with the extra weight Newfoundlands tend to naturally carry make their bodies more sensitive to high heat and humidity. Dogs can only pant and have sweat glands on only their paws and noses-none of which is sufficient to keep a Newfoundland cool enough to stave off heat stroke. [...]
Newfoundlands may not adjust well to a small yard or small apartment because of their sheer size. Because Newfoundlands are naturally large animals, owners may make the mistake of overfeeding them and cause obesity to develop in their pet. Newfoundlands are a husky breed, sometimes referred to as "Gentle Giants", at an average weight of 130 to 150 pounds and a height of 26 inches for a female and 28 inches for a male. Thus, they require a huge amount of food but the key is in the type given to the Newfoundland to avoid ill-effects on his health. [...]
Tragically, there exists a cruel industry where fur is made into fabrics at the expense of the lives of several different types of animals. Boycotts and rallies help to raise awareness of this awful business as well as force it to scale back dramatically. Furthermore, there are safe, kind alternatives to incorporating fur into clothing that does require the killing of innocent animals. The Newfoundland dog is just one example of a source of fur used in a quirky activity called "fur spinning". [...]
The Newfoundland is an excellent dog to use for therapeutic reasons as it has a reassuring and devoted demeanor-but it has even more to offer. His main historical use is that of search and rescue dog. His personality lends this dog to being a compassionate source of comfort for an ailing person as well as to the extreme rigors of saving a drowning, struggling person. And the explanation for this versatility can be found in the large, cuddly and somewhat deceiving physique of the Newfoundland. [...]
The Newfoundland is a breed that carries a thick, bristly topcoat as well as a similarly coarse undercoat. Both coats are highly water-resistant due to the dog's genetics. A Newfoundland will shed his undercoat two times yearly while shedding the top coat regularly during a year. There is natural oil sheen on this particular breed's fur that helps protect his sensitive skin from extreme changes in the weather. [...]
Newfoundlands were bred to be work dogs, hauling by sled and cart goods that needed to be transported in a time before mass transport over extreme distances. They soon became staples on ships because of the hereditary physical and personality traits.
The Newfoundland dog's extremely fit legs and webbed toes. Make swimming a cinch for them. They also possess lungs that allow them long periods under water. [...]
Being well known for their swimming ability and rescuing instinct, Newfoundlands have a distinction in history that separates them from other breeds. The breed's loyal and easy temperament plus its physical prowess lead to one of its own to famously become a part of the pioneering efforts taken by William Cark and Meriwether Lewis. Lewis and Clark's journey to the western portion of America was conducted in the early 1800s and they were accompanied by a remarkable Newfoundland dog they had named "Seaman". [...]
Yes, the Newfoundland makes for an incredible search and rescue dog in instances when bodies of water are involved. But its instinctual and dedicated personality allows for a Newfoundland to save in more ways than one. They are calming loving, open animals whose instinct is to assist in any way possible. Thus the incredible work Newfoundlands can do as therapy dogs for children with autism. [...]
Newfoundlands seem to be prone to a deficiency in taurine. Different breeds are susceptible to various illnesses for a multitude of reasons, thus researchers obtain grants annually to investigate these illness as they decided to do some years ago in the case of the Newfoundland. Newfoundlands tend to be prone to more heart and eye problems than anything else and it seems that taurine may be a factor.
Taurine's main purpose job is to facilitate potassium, sodium, and calcium to cells. When there is not sufficient taurine in a dog's diet then a condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy occurs. [...]
Newfoundlands are not Saint Bernards
Big, friendly, cuddly, and instinctual rescuers- Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands share several similarities which make them difficult to tell apart. But they are two distinct breeds that happen to share an intertwining history. Many people will look at the usually dark colored Newfoundland and guess that he is a black Saint Bernard. The fact that the Saint Bernard was bred for much the same purposes as well as crossed with the Newfoundland is the reason they share features but still carry subtle dissimilarities. [...]