Love Your Dog - Free Course On Newfoundland Grooming

Published: 12th July 2009
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Newfoundland dogs are likely one of the most unique dog breeds around today. The most engaging thing about this dog is they have webbed toes like a duck. While some dog breeds have some webbing between their toes to help them swim, the Newfoundland dog has toes that are utterly webbed. They are amazing swimmers and I have even heard it announced that they have such a robust instinct to save people from drowning that they may drag swimmers out of the water against their will. Not a bad dog to have around when your youngster will not come out of the pool at the end of the day, right? One thing to consider when thinking about getting this kind of dog, is what's required in the way of newfoundland grooming.

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The origin of the Newfoundland dog is not known with any great certainty, but it is believed that the local dogs of the area, such as the Labrador ( which is also a great swimmer ) was probably cross bred with Tibetan Mastiffs brought to Canada on British ships in the 1700's, resulting in the large and tough dog with incredible swimming ability. They were used to haul in nets full of fish, carry boat lines to shore, retrieving items that dropped overboard, and to save drowning and shipwreck victims. They also hauled lumber, delivered milk and would pull heavy loads.

When having a look at Newfoundland pictures you may notice that they're a large dog with a big, broad head. They've a wide muzzle that is short and square. They've a unique double coat. The outer coat is flat, oily, and barely wavy. This is to repel the water and keep them warm and cushty even in the icy waters. The under coat is thick and also oily. This is to stop any water that got thru the outer coat and to help them stay warm. Daily brushing of this thick coat with a hard brush a required part of newfoundland grooming. They shed heavily biannually in the spring and in the fall. Avoid bathing unless absolutely necessary, since this will shed the oils that protect them. You can dry shampoo occasionally.

The Newfoundland dogs have an outstanding temperament in that they are good, generous, courageous, intelligent and devoted. Also They are terribly patient and good with guests. They are protective, although they show it by placing themselves between the intruder and their owner instead of barking or growling.

Newfoundland puppies need plenty of food while they are growing into the giant dogs they are going to become, but only eat about as much as a Labrador when they are fully grown. They are happy to lie round the house, but should be given regular exercise, and regular newfoundland grooming. They particularly enjoy the opportunity to swim and frolic, and may be given that chance often. This massive dog breed does better in cool climates, and will need plenty of shade and cool water in hotter temperatures.
Newfoundland dogs are a very unique breed that could be just what you are looking for.

Love Your Dog - Free Course On Newfoundland Grooming

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