Newfoundland

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 2ft 2in - 2ft 4in
Weight: 100-150lbs
Lifespan: 8 - 10 Years

Behavior

  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount1/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance1/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Newfoundland Information

newfoundland breedTalk about a gentle giant! The Newfoundland, or Newfie as their owners affectionately call them, stands up to 30 inches tall and weighs up to 150 pounds. His fluffy, heavy coat only adds to his perceived size. Calm and patient, the Newfie makes a loyal companion and beloved family member. For maintenance, this breed needs regular brushing to keep his coat in tip-top shape as well as a moderate level of exercise.

Also worth noting, the Newfie is excellent at long-distance swimming and has the ability to save lives in the water. His heavy coat – which can be black, brown, gray, or black and white – protects him from ultra cold waters. Today he uses his strength, agility and athleticism to perform in dog competitions.

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Breed FAQs

Can Newfoundlands be apartment dogs?

The Newfoundlands does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Newfoundlands be left alone?

While Newfoundlands prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Newfoundlands good with kids?

Newfoundlands do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Newfoundlands friendly with strangers?

Typically, Newfoundlands are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Newfoundlands get along with other dogs?

Typically, Newfoundlands get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Newfoundlands bark a lot?

Newfoundlands don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Newfoundlands shed a lot?

Newfoundlands shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Newfoundlands need a lot of grooming?

Newfoundlands don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Newfoundlands need a lot of exercise?

A Newfoundland will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Newfoundlands easy to train?

Typically, Newfoundlands are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Newfoundlands handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Newfoundlands will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Newfoundlands handle hot weather?

It's best not to have a Newfoundland in hot temperatures for long as it can be dangerous to their health.

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