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      04.12.2008 17:52
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      A natural watchdog and water rescuer originally from Newfoundland in Canada and a pet in many homes

      This excellent watchdog, the Newfoundland derives it name from its country of origin, Newfoundland in Canada. This wonderful swimmer which is huge and strong with a pleasing and patient disposition is at its best in water. It is used as a water rescuer that is to retrieve objects that have fallen overboard, for hauling in nets, carrying and pulling loads and most importantly, to save drowning ship passengers during storms.
      The Newfoundland is said to be a cross between Tibetan mastiffs brought by the British and the local dogs. This working dog is similar to the Labrador Retriever.

      Appearance
      Size: The body length is around 6 ft. and it stands 21-26" tall. The males weigh 55-75 kg and the females weigh 40-55 kg.
      Colour: The colour can be black, grey or brown. Some are a mixture of black and white, with the face black and the feet, tail or chest white.
      Coating: It has an oily coat that resists water and webbed feet to enable it to swim in water.
      Eyes: They are dark brown and small in size.
      A short and wide muzzle is visible in the Newfoundland.
      Triangular ears and a tail that hangs down characterize this species, the Newfoundland.

      Puppies
      A lot of people bring the free Newfoundland pups as a pet in their home because they are intelligent, gentle and are natural watchdogs for children and show them immense love.

      Diet
      Their special need is plenty of drinking water.

      Preferred Environment
      Due to its heaviness, its body movement is very slow. It is inactive and lazy in an apartment and needs an exercise like swimming in cool areas.

      Lifespan
      The Newfoundland lives for 9-15 years. The average age is 10 years.

      This article has originally been authored by me and appeared on the site:http://www.freepuppiessale.com

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        30.01.2008 12:25
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        Not a dog for everyone, but truly a best friend for the right person.

        Newfoundland dogs are indigenous to the Canadian island of Newfoundland, that is, the breed was created on the island from other species that were native to the island. The are very large dogs, usually weighing around 60 to 70kg when fully grown, and standing at about hip height on an average human. They are not a common breed, probably due to the relatively high level of care that they require, and they are also generally very expensive to purchase when bred by lisenced breeders.

        I was lucky enough to grow up with a Newfoundland dog, and as a result I have fallen in love with them for life. Newfoundlands are well known for their sweet and gentle temperaments, and this was certainly my experience. I have never seen an aggressive Newfoundland, nor did we EVER have any problems with our Newfie being aggressive. Of course it's true that a dog's temperament will be largely dependant on how it was raised and trained, there are some species that are naturally more predisposed towards fighting (often, like dobermans or bull terriers, this is because in the history of the breed they were specifically bred for these qualities).

        Newfies on the other hand were bred traditionally as rescue dogs. Somewhat like a water version of the St Bernards that used to carry the little flasks of Brandy up to people lost on snowy peaks, the Newfoundland breed was originally bred to assist in water rescues in the freezing waters surrounding the island of Newfoundland. As a result the Newfies have some rather peculiar features for a dog - they have webbed feet for a start (really! there are little webbed bits of skin between their toes), and they also have extremely thick, water-resistant coats.

        This makes them extremely cute dogs as they are very fluffy and soft, however it also has a drawback as it means that they do drop a lot of hair and require a lot of brushing. Therefore Newfies are definitely not the breed of dog for you if you don't have a lot of time to spend with them.

        The extra work though is definitely worth it. Newfies are extremely loyal, do not yap, make good 'guard' dogs (that is, they look big and have a very deep bark, which is likely to scare away any burglars - however, if it actually came to having to guard your house a Newfie is more likely to try to lick a burglar to death than actually attack), and are extremely good with children.

        In fact, when I was growing up, my younger brother who was only a toddler, used to sit and lie on our dog when she was lying on the floor, and play with her ears and 'pet' her (you can imagine this probably wasn't the nicest petting for a dog) and our Newfie never used to complain or move or in any way object. Again though, this love of human interaction, while it means that you will have a very dear friend in your Newfie, also means that you have to be prepared to devote a lot of attention to the dog. Newfies will not amuse themselves, like some other dogs or perhaps cats will, instead if they feel like you are not giving them enough attention, they will follow you everywhere, get under your feet, or sprawl themselves out on the floor in the most high-traffic areas of your home! And with a dog of this size that definitely means that you won't fail to notice them!

        Newfies are most often black, although they can also be found in chocolate brown and even white with coloured markings. Show-quality Newfies have slightly higher front legs that back and their front legs are more developed. They have big chests and heads, with floppy (irresistably cute!) ears, and big tongues. To be honest, they do tend to 'slobber' quite a bit! As part of their friendly natures, Newfies love to lick and nudge anyone who'll let them. However, our dog never had any issues with the sort of drool that St Bernards get, i.e. that leaks out of their mouth at all times! So in that sense they are a little bit easier.

        As puppies Newfies are absolutely gorgeous - just like racing balls of fluff. However they quickly grow bigger and it is important (as with all dogs) that they are properly trained as when they are young and a little boisterous, and obviously unaware of their size and strength, they can be unintentionally rough when they're playing. Most Newfies then slow down quite considerably as they get older, and require a lot less exercise. Our Newfie though was rather atypical and thought she was a puppy right through until old age! That being said, they do still sleep a lot... they're probably not the ideal dog if you're looking for a jogging partner for example. Our Newfie would go tearing out of the driveway and then 10 minutes later be looking towards home... oh dear.

        As with all big dogs, Newfies do have a tendency to suffer problems with their hips as they get older, and it is therefore extremely important that they are kept fit and healthy. Again, a common feature of all big dogs is that they do eat quite a lot more than smaller pets. This will obviously have a cost, so make sure that you are prepared for this before considering getting a Newfie.

        All in all, if you have the time, and the space, and are prepared for the cost, I can't recommend Newfies highly enough. Our Newf was the sweetest, most loyal, and friendly dog for all of her 13 years and we were all devastated when she passed away. They are great with children, do not get jealous or possessive, and are extremely fun-loving. They are also easily trained and love water (except for when it's bath time of course!), so if you live near a beach or lake that would be ideal. They do need extra attention in the summer when their thick coats can become extremely hot for them, but all the attention if definitely worth it.

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          20.07.2000 03:41
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          The newfoundland is a wonderful dog, if you are prepared to love unconditionally. I own a wonderful chocolate newf, who slobbers, is basically inept and is terrified of water. Other than that they are the most amazing dogs. Remember that they are always hot, and adapt best to a home with hardwood or tile floors. They are extremely slobbery and need to be brushed often. They also love to be with the family. Please note, this is not a dog for someone who is never home!!!

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