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The Newfoundland Dog

A very large dog, and when full grown generally stands about 24" (female) or 28" (male) at the shoulders and usually weighs between 100 to 150 pounds. Males are generally larger than the females. Most Newfs are Black, but other colors are White and Black (Landseer), Brown, or Gray. They normally have double coats; a wooly undercoat, and long guard fur.

Size: Their size is not necessarily a drawback but does effect every aspect of having a dog as part of your family.   
Veterinarian care: As medications, treatments and surgeries all have an animals weight as part of the determination of cost. A large dog means larger bills.

Food: Newfoundlands obviously will need much more food than a Chihuahua and should always be fed a high quality diet. This does cost more, however a quality diet can help prevent other health issues.  
Grooming: Whether you groom your Newf or have it done by a groomer, it is a big task. With their heavy double coat regular grooming is a must. Proper grooming not only makes your dog look great it is important to their health. Keeping them brushed allows proper air flow helping them stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The double coat, when groomed properly helps in keeping their skin dry in wet conditions such as swimming.Grooming takes time to do properly, but can be some of the best time an owner spends with their Newf.  
Drool happens! This will vary between Newf but you should plan on your Newf drooling.  You can almost predict a large slime coming just by putting on a freshly dry cleaned outfit.  
Hair will be on everything you own, house, furniture,clothes, car............  
Health: As in all breeds, health concerns are a factor. Large breeds, including Newfoundlands, are prone to Hip Dysplasia, Heart Problems, Skin Ailments, and Arthritis. While no one can guarantee a dog won't have any issues the Newfoundland Club of America along with the regional clubs and breeder members actively work to ensure the healthiest Newf possible and fund research into Newfoundland health issues.  

Temperament: The gentleness, calmness and loyalty of the Newfoundland Dog have earned them the title "Gentle Giants". Children to senior citizens can all be around these magnificent animals. Basic training is recommended for all dogs, including Newfoundlands. They are large but their temperament will prevent them from ever being a guard dog.  
Intelligence: Newfoundlands are generally very intelligent. This aids them in the many activities they along with you may participate in, such as; therapy work, draft work, companion programs, water work, tracking, agility, carting, rally and family pet.