Origin Of Newfoundlander
Originating in Newfoundland, Canada, on the North-Eastern shores of the Atlantic ocean. The Newfoundlander is affectionately nicknamed “Newfie”. Bred originally to help fishermen on the boats to reel in the fishing nets, their muscular physique makes lifesaving/ water rescue another one of their natural talents. Their webbed feet, inbred swimming capabilities, size, thick coat and strong work ethic are built for the challenge, and they are eager to please.
During the 19th century, the breed became a European status symbol and at one time, Newfies were the most popular import to Great Britain. The breed was used to re-establish the Alpine rescue dogs at the Hospice of St. Bernard after their numbers were decimated by a distemper epidemic. In Britain, the black-and-white variety became known as the “Landseer” after the famous artist who featured the breed in his painting, A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society.
They are a perfect family breed that does not fair well being left alone for long periods of time. This breed is gentle, sweet tempered and loyal. They get along famously with children and love being apart of all activities including the family. They are a working breed and love to swim or run and romp in the snow. Give them a job like pulling the kids in a sled or fit them with a back pack and they are happy to have a purpose. They are a natural lifeguard and will jump in the water to save person in peril.
Males-stand 27-29 inches
Females-stand 24-27 inches
Males- Average 130-150lbs
Did you know the Newfoundlander made its debut in the movie “Must Love Dogs”. The role of “Mother Theresa” was shared by two 6 month old puppies. Molly was the lead acting dog and Maeve did the water scene. The organization responsible for governing the safety and protection of animal actors is The American Humane Association (AHA), they ensure no animals were harmed in the making of this film.
This breed is very easy to train and eager to please. They respond well to praise and treats and not so well to harsh discipline. They will quickly learn to mistrust, so it is best to stick to positive reinforcement when training this breed. They are known to develop separation anxiety often because they are left alone for long periods of time. They are better suited for families with a stay at home parent.
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