Newfoundland: origin, size and character

D’une grande douceur, le terre-neuve est le chien de famille par excellence. He is protective and caring.

With its imposing appearance, the newfoundland he is recognized as a hard-working dog, as brave as he is intelligent.

Its origins

Le terre-neuve has been solicited for many jobs. stock.adobe.com

corpse origins of this breed date back to the XIIe century. Its name comes from Île Terre-Neuve, located in Canada. However, it is estimated that the first terre-neuve specimens were seen on the American continent.

Newfoundland has common ancestors with bear dogs. Due to its ability to work, it has been used for many jobs since the Middle Ages, to this day, for example as a shepherd, draft, guard, fishing or hunting dog. More unusual: some animals were factors in the nineteenth centurye century on the eponymous island.

This dog breed is part of the group 2, Pinscher and Schnauzer dogs, mountain dogs and bouviers suisses.

Son character

Very friendly, the Newfoundland is a sociable and playful dog. stock.adobe.com

Very friendly, the Newfoundland is a dog that especially appreciates the human species. Affectionate, sociable and playful, he shows great vivacity of spirit.

In addition, he adapts to different demands in the context of his home or work. The Newfoundland does not show any aggression, even towards foreigners or other pets.

His calm temperament allows him to be understood without difficulty. He is also discreet and never barks for no reason.

His physical characteristics

Newfoundland belongs to the category of “giant” dogs. stock.adobe.com

As a general rule, le terre-neuve weighs between 50 and 70 kg for a waist size of 65 to 70 cm. It belongs to the category of “giant” dogs the same title as the Leonberg or the Bernese Mountain Dog.

He has one mare and muscular silhouette, well proportioned from head to tail. The coat color can vary between black, brown and white. His skull is massive, his eyes are sunken, and his snout is short.

With great physical strength, the Newfoundland has a strong chest and a robust frame. It has the peculiarity of having webbed legs, which makes it an excellent swimmer.

Son price

The purchase of a puppy in Newfoundland has an average cost of between € 1,400 and € 2,000. What the price is justified by a registration in the LOF (Book of French origins), the respect of the standards of the breed in breeding, without forgetting the pedigree of the animal.

As for veterinary care and Newfoundland food, they need a monthly budget of about 80 euros.

His health

The generally accepted life expectancy of the Newfoundland is about ten years. This dog has one good healtheven if it requires special attention during high heat.

It is recommended to monitor the health of his eyes, as this dog breed is prone to entropy and cataracts. Newfoundland may have kidney problems, hip dysplasia, and even respiratory illnesses such as dyskinesia.

If he has a big appetite, daily physical exercises (walking, canine sports, work …) prevent him from obesity problems. Excessive weight can cause fragility of the other joints and a risk of heart failure.

Adopting an animal commits you is a decision you need to think about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the nearest shelter before you start. They will be able to give you their advice on the dog breed that suits you best.

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