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Breed: Newfoundland
Country of Origin: Newfoundland
AKC Group: Working
Function: Working situations
Life Span: Under 10 years
Appearance: Large
Color: black, (sometimes with a little white on the feet, end of the tail, or chest) black with blue highlights, bronze and Landseer (White with black markings), brown or gray
Coat Type: Thick
Grooming: Daily to weekly brushing of the thick, coarse, double coat with a hard brush is important. The undercoat is shed twice a year in the spring and fall and extra care is required at these times. (The heaviest shedding period coming in the spring). Avoid bathing unless absolutely necessary, as this strips away the coat's natural oils. Instead, dry shampoo from time to time.
Height: 25-29 inches
Weight: 100-150 pounds
Activity Level: Medium-high
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: Yes
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Yes
Good With Strangers: Yes
Character: Loving
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Affectionate
Potential Problems:  
Behavior:  
Physical: Prone to hip dysplasia. Do not let a Newfoundland get fat. Also prone to a hereditary heart disease called sub-aortic stenosis (SAS). Breeders should have puppy's hearts checked by a veterinary cardiologist at 8-12 weeks of age. Adult Newfies should be cleared of SAS again before breeding.
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