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    The Newfoundland Dog

    Spotting a Newfoundland is easy: It will be the largest dog in the group! (mostly) This breed lives to swim and loves children.
    The Newfoundland can stand as high as three feet and weigh over 150 lbs. It is a member of the Working Group of dogs in the USA and Utility in Australia.
    And was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886. It is an old Breed. This is a dog with the overpowering urge to rescue practically anything from the water.
    Physical Characteristics of the Newfoundland Dog
    The dog is big, hairy, and usually black. It can be brown and black and white, other colors are not accepted as part of the Breed standard. The “Newf” or “Newfie” has a thick, water-resistant coat. Its webbed feet allow it to swim like no other; the Newf is the ultimate water rescue dog. The breed is famous for its rescue endeavors and many examples can be found in artwork.
    The largest Newfie on record apparently weighed 117kg. Their size is compatible with the St. Bernard, Mastiff, and Great Dane. While not as tall as the Dane or the Irish wolfhound, the Newfoundland may be the strongest dog. It takes great strength and endurance to haul stranded victims from the water.

    This breed is one of the most gentle, so much so that it is sometimes known as “the gentle giant.” Children take to them well and vice versa.
    The AKC (USA) says: “Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland; this is the most important single characteristic of the breed.
    The breed is relatively easy to train. The rescue capability is essentially instinct, but these dogs, particularly when trained from puppy do well with obedience.

    Health Problems Associated with Newfoundlands
    This beautiful breed can unfortunately have some health concerns. Hip dysplasia (improper formation of the ball and socket joint in the hip), as with many large breeds, can be one. Another potential concern is skin problems. Yet another still is hypothyroidism. But one of the most serious concerns, potentially life-threatening, is SAS, or sub-aortic stenosis. This is an all-too-common heart defect in the breed that affects the valves in the heart. It can, unfortunately, cause sudden death.

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    Wow. What a huge dog. I've never seen one of these in real life.

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    They sound like such Wonderful dogs !! I'm yet to meet one in person.

    Such a strange instinct for a dog to have.........i love it but i just dont see what could make a dog want to so badly rescue people from water.
    I mean it's so cool for them to do that but it seems , well, .........unusual.

    Do they have the same instinct to rescue other dogs or animals ??? And do they ever just try and rescue people who are swimming well ??
    I'd laugh if one tried to drag me back to sure while i'm swimming along. Would give me a hell of a fright at first if ya did see the dog coming and then all of a sudden a big black thing tries to grab you !!! LOL


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    Beautiful, such a sweet dog, saw one and had a cuddle today at million paws, also saw my favorite, bernese mountain dog
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Beautiful, such a sweet dog, saw one and had a cuddle today at million paws, also saw my favorite, bernese mountain dog
    Yes, those BM are stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    They sound like such Wonderful dogs !! I'm yet to meet one in person.

    Such a strange instinct for a dog to have.........i love it but i just dont see what could make a dog want to so badly rescue people from water.
    I mean it's so cool for them to do that but it seems , well, .........unusual.

    Do they have the same instinct to rescue other dogs or animals ??? And do they ever just try and rescue people who are swimming well ??
    I'd laugh if one tried to drag me back to sure while i'm swimming along. Would give me a hell of a fright at first if ya did see the dog coming and then all of a sudden a big black thing tries to grab you !!! LOL
    It is in them like herding is in a BC...they used to be ships dogs...Thrown over-board to rescue people. I have a friend who gets thrown out of helicopters to Rescue people in italy LOL........

    I teach my newfies to swim around people, it seems a natural thing for them to want to do....in the early days i used to allow people to grab the tail and they would tow people back into land. but it is too dangerous for the dogs if people are panicking, so now I teach them to take out a life vest or Buoy and swim around people and make the item go close.....When the buoy is grabbed by the person they pull them in.

    IN correct water rescue training the handler is always with the dog, to protect the dog form frantic panicky people.......Katy is awesome at this, she will go out in the worst choppy water to anyone I direct her to. Stranger or friend. Annabelle only rescues people she likes LOL. She checks and non-friends can drown according to her ...Tessa our non-newf, does this too, she is great at Rescue work. I also have a few labradors and goldens training. It is fun.......Lukey sadly has a great fear of water, we are working at that, maybe one day.......

    One day I would love to belong to the Coast Guard on Lake Hume, but there are a few mountains in the way (people, who do not like or understand dogs).



    Katy swimming out in really choppy water



    Brining someone back....we use longer ropes now. Ropes not tied to her, she chooses to hold it............
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    Thats awsome Newfsie. LOL at Annabele....'Nope....dont know ya...save yourself'.


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    Yep that is her.......That is the trouble with dogs with history, they are never 100% sure...........
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    I think it is just a protective instinct.
    The first time I took our old Heeler (Oz) to the beach, he swam out to
    some children on body boards and tried to bring them in to shore.
    The kids were screaming and once I recovered my wits I called him and he came back.
    If I ever prayed for the earth to open up and swallow me then that was the day.
    I dont know how bad the teeth marks on the boards were as we didnt hang around to find out.

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    Newfies would just swim around the kids......The kids here locally know my dogs and they think it is great entertainment to be towed back in.......Newfies seem to have a look that most people find non-frightening. it is sad when a lovely other breed want to help and people become fearful. It is why I say I am always glad my dogs are large and fluffy........I have not met many people who worry about my dogs. It was actually a huge problem when Annabelle was people and dog aggressive, because people thought she should be friendly.......At least now she is
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