Newfoundland

Newfoundlands are large dogs (100-150 lbs.) classified as Working Dogs. The breed was developed on Newfoundland in the 18th century to retrieve fishing nets and perform water rescues.
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Jester002
03/06/2010

Newfoundland 3

The Newfie is a huge animal that makes a good companion for just about anyone including other animals. They are known to be called "gentle giants" because of their sweet dispositions and size. Although they are large, they seem to be very protective of family members and good around children. Another interesting aspect of the this dog is that they seem to excel at water rescues because of their webbed paws and their excellent swimming abilities. They need regular exercise and seasonal grooming is essential because of their long coats.

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parkecy
03/03/2009

Newfoundland 5

I find it interesting that a person could call a Newfoundland "The dumbest dog" all while incorrectly spelling "board" in same review...LoL. The word is BORED. Not the room or game variety of "board". Hummmm... Maybe the Newfoundland is only as intelligent as their human companions. I love our Newfi...He's INTELLIGENT, calm, playful, very loving, patient, not at all hyper. He opens his kennel gate by himself...If we tell him to go get his soft ball...he will run across 10 acres of land and with in 5 minutes find the ball and return to give us the ball. They have a memory like an elephant. It's called training... dogs (regardless of breed) are not born with Einstein abilities, they are developed with lots of training and treats. Most Newfi's are very treat/food motivated. He is our first Newfi and I hope to have many more. They are not heat tolerant, they originated from Newfoundland Canada. However, if you truly love Newfoundlands accommodations can be made so that a Newfi is comfortable in even the hottest South Carolina summer heat.

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AleashaC
09/17/2008

Newfoundland 1

Young Newfoundlands need enough exercise to keep them lean and healthy, but not so much that their soft growing bones, joints, and ligaments become over-stressed and damaged. Adult Newfoundlands need more exercise to keep them in shape, but not in hot or humid weather for fear of overheating. The proper amount of exercise can be difficult to regulate in giant breeds.

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ddenorchia
08/07/2008

Newfoundland 5

I have a Newfoundland and I just love the breed. My dog is like a party dog, the more people, kids and dogs there are around the happier he is. He is loving and kind to everyone. The fact that he is big, hairy and on occassion drools is minimal compared to the amount of love and joy he brings not only to my family but to everyone that knows him.

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NessaM
12/16/2007

Newfoundland 5

I have two, and would not have any other breed.  They are WONDERFUL dogs; affectionate, loving and loyal.  Whichever poster said they are stupid must not have picked his or her breeder very carefully - these are WORKING dogs and intelligence is a hallmark of the breed.  Mine are capable of making distinctions between commands based on circumstance and our relationship is one of cooperation - not something a stupid dog is capable of.  My 9 month old passed his Canine Good Citizen test at 8 months, and my year and a half old passed his Therapy Dog certification process recently.  They are both actively training towards their CD.  They will also be trained for Water Rescue work and for draft work - pulling a cart or sled.  

They aren't for everyone though!  They drool extensively and shed more than anything, year-round.  Twice a year they shed enough to make another dog.  They aren't good outside dogs - they need to be with their people, the closer the better.  And they are expensive to keep - food, dog beds, veterinary care - everything is more expensive for a giant breed dog.

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ROCKTRAIN69
12/15/2007

Newfoundland 5

I wish I had a Newfoundland for Christmas LOL. They are wonderful dogs, smart and great for rescue. I heard a story one time, A woman and her newfoundland walked down by a rapid river, at the bank of the river, her dog was acting strange, suddenly he jumped in the water and swam towards a man that was caught in the rapids and drowning apparently, the dog saved the man.

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ANSGARD
06/07/2004

Newfoundland 5

if you can keep a big dog, i wouldt mind a newfoundland. they are so lovely, smart and sweet with children. if i didnt have a dog already, i would like one. like any big dog, they must be fed a lot and they need to be looked after a lot...basically you must have a lot of money to have a big dog...believe me

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Molfan
02/11/2004

Newfoundland 4

If I could have a giant dog. I would not mind a Newfoundland. I hear they are very sweet gentle dogs. would not be too fond of the slobbering. I have only seen one in person a couple times what a nice dog. And Congratulations to the Newfoundland for winning the Westminister all around best dog championship. Josh the dog was adorable. Wish I could have been there to pet him.

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kalskl
10/03/2003

Newfoundland 5

These are truly gentle giants. Two kids under 4 have made this dog into a giant stuffed animal. Cant think of another better dog for little kids. They do shed alot and the the trade off for being a gentle giant is a mental midget

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Moviefan
04/25/2001

Newfoundland 4

Gentle giants. They're adaptable, because they're very mellow and pretty lethargic. They're a good dog for older people or to introduce to people who are afraid of dogs. But lots of hair, and they're known to drool.

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wttm3552om
04/19/2000

Newfoundland 1

Yes, very sweet, sort of like an affectionate boulder. They are almost without question the dumbest dogs in existance. They also enjoy playfully leaning against <everything> until they knock it (or you) over, or get board.

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Shafty
04/11/2000

Newfoundland 5

The dog that we had in our fraternity was a big old female Newfoundland - what a great dog, especially around people. Great demeanor and she was very easy to take care of.

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