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Why A Newf?

Is A Newf Right for You?

Size, Beauty, and Gentle Temperament.  A Newfoundland is stunning in appearance and people will want to pet and hug your dog.  A Newfoundland is extremely gentle and welcomes this affection.  However, a Newfoundland is not for everyone.  They are big dogs, require obedience training, require exercise, they shed, they drool, and they find every mud puddle possible. 

Read more below about the Newfoundland and decide if a Newf is Right for you.
Newfs enjoy being a part of a family environment.  They do not impose on your space, but will welcome your attention greatly.  They are a family and people oriented animal; they are most noted for their gentleness with children and other animals.  Newfs are extremely devoted to family and are non-threatening to new people.  It has been said a Newf will defend his family if needed, but I have never seen an aggressive Newf myself.  A Newfoundland loves water, rain, and snow.  It is common to have a nice dog house for your pet, and instead he will prefer to be out in the elements.  Although they like to get wet, they do dry quickly because of their coats.  A Newf also sheds heavily twice a year.  A good de-shedding brush can take care of the excess hair, and of course, keep your vacuum handy during this time.  Newf puppies eat quite a bit while growing.  Plan on a quality dog food to ensure they grow properly as you do not want your pup to grow too fast or become overweight.  Newfs like exercise and will willingly go on walks, hiking trips, and to the lake.  Once your adventure is complete, your Newf will be content to lie around, which causes some people to think they are lazy.  A Newf wishes he were a lap dog.  He loves to put his head on your lap and be petted.  A Newf is a very endearing, loving pet with a bit of stubborness that requires proper training.  A Newf left alone for extended periods of time may develop behavioral problems (like digging, chewing), as most dogs will.  Less than 35% of all family dogs (regardless of breed) live out their lives with their original owners!  The reasons vary but most often have to do with the early months of puppyhood and lack of training. 

Researchers agree a pup begins to learn socialization around three weeks of age.  Thoughtful selection of your Newfoundland Breeder is very important.  A pup from our home will receive socialization with children and adults and have a healthy start with a proper diet

If, after reading this info, you feel a Newf is right for you, or you have any questions about the breed, please give me a call.  Below is additional information about the Newfoundland Dog.  
Are Newfs Good With Other Animals?
A friend of mine brought her puppy over.  This pup will weigh 10 pounds when full grown.  My Newf greeted the puppy kindly, then laid down on the floor and put her head out to allow the puppy to explore her.   

 My 130 pound female showing such grace to this little pup she'd never met.  They are absolutely wonderful with other animals!

The Newfoundland is a breed of large dog.  They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in Newfoundland.  They are known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty.  Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving due to their muscular build, thick water resistant coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities.

Newfoundlands ("Newfs," "Newfies") are in the "Giant" weight range.  Males typically weigh 130 - 150 lbs, females 100 - 120 lbs. 


The Newfoundland dog is legendarily known for its calm nature and its strength.  It is for this reason the breed is known as "the gentle giant."  The temperament of the Newfoundland is the most endearing feature.  Calm, gentle, a loyal companion.  The Newf has a deep loud bark, is easy to train, makes a fine guardian.  It is exceptionally good with children, giving it the nickname "the nanny dog."  The breed was memorialized in "Nana," the beloved dog guardian of Peter Pan.

The Newfoundland is extremely good with other animals.  Its caring and gentle nature comes out in play and interaction with humans and animals alike. 

Therapy and Service

The Newfoundland excels at Therapy work and as a Service dog.  Therapy dogs can work in nursing homes, hospitals, schools or are trained specifically for their owner such as emotional support dog.  A Therapy dog can be trained by the owner.  A Service dog is trained for a specific job for their owner, such as mobility, diabetic alert, to name a few.  If you are interested in a therapy or service dog, inform your breeder prior to selecting your pup.  Your breeder can guide you toward the pup that has the best temperament for public work.  Gentle Giant Newfoundlands has many Newfoundlands working in Therapy and Service careers. 


There are several health problems associated with Newfoundlands.  Newfoundlands are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and cystinuria (a hereditary defect that forms calculi stones in the bladder).  Another genetic problem is subvalvular aortic stenosis.  This is a common heart defect involving defective heart valves.

Water Rescues

During the Discovery Channel's second day of coverage of the AKC Eukanuba National Championship on December 3, 2006, anchor Bob Goen reported that Newfoundlands exhibit a very strong propensity to rescue people from water.  Goen stated that one Newfoundland alone once aided the rescue of 63 shipwrecked sailors.  Today, kennel clubs across the US host Newfoundland Rescue Demonstrations, as well as offer classes in the field.

In 1995, a 10-month old Newfoundland named Boo saved a hearing-impaired man from drowning in the Yuba River in Northern California.  The man fell into the river and Boo noticed the struggling man as he and his owner were walking along the river.  The Newf instinctively dove into the river, took the drowning man by the arm, and brought him to safety.  According to Janice Anderson, the Newf breeder, Boo had received no formal training in water rescue.  

Quotations About Newfs

* "The man they had got now was a jolly, light-hearted, thick headed sort of a chap, with about as much sensitiveness in him as there might be in a Newfoundland puppy.  You might look daggers at him for an hour and he would not notice it, and it would not trouble him if he did." Jerome K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat

* "Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices.  This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of Boatswait, a Dog." George Gordon, Lord Byron, Epitaph to a Newfoundland Dog

* "A man is not a good man to me because he will feed me if I should be starving, or warm me if I should be freezing, or pull me out of a ditch if I should ever fall into one.  I can find you a Newfoundland dog that will do as much." Henry David Thoreau Walden

Famous Newfoundlands

*Statue of York and Seaman on Quality Hill in Kansas City, Missouri
*Brumus - Robert F Kennedy's dog
*Carlo - Emily Dickinson's dog
*Hairy Man - The dog who helped Ann Harvey and her father and brother rescue 163 people from a shipwreck
*Luath - Pet of J.M. Barrie and the inspiration for "Nana," the darling children's nurse in Peter Pan
*Rigel - pet of first officer William Murdoch aboard the Titanic.  Rigel survived the wreck and is renowned as a hero

In Memory...
Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love....
They depart to teach about loss.
A new dog never replaces an old dog;
It merely expands the heart.
If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.

Our beloved Pumba
We miss you every day.
We don't know what breed you were...
We didn't care.
You made us smile every day



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