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History: Hailing from Newfoundland island which gives the breed its name,
this breed's ancestors arrived with the first British and French fisherman
to reach these North Atlantic shores. Its ancestral stock probably included
the Great Pyrenees, but today's stock mainly descends from those brought
back and bred in England, possibly with some retriever blood. This breed's
love of water and strong swimming ability made it popular in ports, where
it helped fisherman pulling in fishnets and rescued people in distress
from the surrounding waters. It was also used to pull carts and as a hunter.
Today it is a popular household pet throughout Europe and North America.
Body: Big bodied adn sturdy, the Newfoundland has a broad, straight back;
well-developed and -muscled limbs, the front ones being quite straight;
a deep chest; a big broad head with a straight bridge and short muzzle;
small dark brown eyes set well apart; small drop ears; and a long bushy
tail that hangs with the tip pointing slightly upwards. Its profuse, thick
double coat is rough, oily, and waterproof, but doesn't form a mane on
the ears an dis quite short on the muzzle. The coat color should be solid
black, brown, or gray, with some small white markings on the chest, chin,
paws and tip of tail permissible. For the Landseer (black and white) variant.
Character: This breed is gentle and kind. A traditional children's
playmate and protector.
Care:Thorough brushing twice a week, and an occasional swim in fresh water
help maintain its coat, but sea water should be avoided, as it may sting
the skin. After a swim, dry and clean out the inside of the ears. A balanced
diet should be fed in two to three equal portions daily.
Exercise: Until it is about one year old, this dog should be allowed to
exercise freely in a large outdoor fenced yard, but after it gets older,
exercising on a lead alongside a bike or a motorbike will give it a good
Training: Careful handling by a number of
people, will prevent this breed from beaing skittish and they will mature
into friendly and gentle adults.
Puppies: There are eight to ten puppies per litter.
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