Last Updated on January 19, 2023 by Kunthida
Newfoundland Dog Breeds Information for Effective Newfoundland Training
Apart from being known for its large size and strength, Newfoundland is also known for its sweet and calm personality hence the name “gentle giant”. This breed is protective of and devoted to its owner and is also known to be exceptionally good with children.
Because of that, with the addition of Wendy’s own pet Nana (Peter Pan), Newfoundland is becoming famous not only as a household pet but also as a water rescue dog. Indeed, this breed has an impressive temperament and natural tendency to save lives but despite that, Newfoundland training is still essential for them to become healthy, happy, and obedient.
Most dog breeds are intelligent in their own ways nevertheless, training can be challenging particularly if unexpected problems occur. In order to get the desired training outcome, it’s vital to know more about the breed facts first before using any training method.
Newfoundland Dog Size This working breed can weigh up to 70 kilograms thus can potentially knock down a small kid when leaned on. To avoid any accident such as this, Newfoundland dogs have to be correctly socialized and trained with basic commands like sit, down, come and stay. Activities that motivate pulling, biting, and chasing must be avoided as well to avoid accidents.
Barking Newfoundlands seldom bark and when they do, they display that deep bark similar to other large dog breeds. Knowing this, you must make sure that your pet will not acquire the habit of barking too much else you will need to put up with the noise it will cause. To manage your pet’s barking, you have to train it with commands like “quiet” or “no barking”. These commands can be utilized if your pet is barking without reason at all.
Newfoundland Dog Loves Water Like Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands have webbed feet and a water-resistant coat. They love to swim and many of them have already rescued people from the water even without proper Newfoundland training in water rescue. If training a certain command for the first time, the training area ought to be away from the water in order to avoid distraction and get him to pay attention to the training.
Exercise for the Newfoundland Dog This breed may not be as highly energetic as Border Collie or Jack Russell Terrier nevertheless they do need exercise too. They need to be taken on a daily walk however, they need to be trained to heel and never to pull on the leash since a dog as big as the Newfoundland can be challenging to deal with if they have the habit of pulling on the leash when walking.
Alison Martin is aware that Newfoundland is a sweet and gentle breed even without Newfoundland training. Nonetheless, she also knows that correct Newfoundland training must be provided for her dog to become happy, healthy, and obedient.
The Aristocrat Newfoundland Dog
The dogs which take their name from the island of Newfoundland appeal to all lovers of animals. There are now two established varieties, the black and the white and black. There are also bronze-colored dogs, but they are rare.
The black variety of the Newfoundland dog is essentially black in color; but this does not mean that there may be no other color, for most black Newfoundlands have some white marks. In fact, a white marking on the chest is said to be typical of the true breed. Any white on the head or body would place the dog in the other than the black variety.
The black color should preferably be of a dull jet appearance which approximates to brown. In the other than black class, there may be black and tan, bronze, and white and black.
The latter predominates, and in this color, the beauty of marking is very important. The head should be black with a white muzzle and blaze, and the body and legs should be white with large patches of black on the saddle and quarters, with possibly other small black spots on the body and legs.
Apart from color, the varieties should conform to the same standard. The head should be broad and massive, but in no sense heavy in appearance. The muzzle should be short, square, and clean-cut, eyes rather wide apart, deep-set, dark and small, not showing any haw; ears small, with a close side carriage, covered with fine short hair (there should be no fringe to the ears), expression full of intelligence, dignity, and kindness.
The body should be long, square, and massive, loins strong and well filled; chest deep and broad; legs quite straight, somewhat short in proportion to the length of the body, and powerful, with round bone well covered with muscle; feet large, round, and close.
The tail should be only long enough to reach just below the hocks, free from kink, and never curled over the back. The quality of the coat is very important; the coat should be very dense, with plenty of undercoats; the outer coat somewhat harsh and quite straight.
The appearance generally should indicate a dog of great strength, and very active for his build and size, moving freely with the body swung loosely between the legs, which gives a slight roll in gait. As regards size, the Newfoundland Club standard gives 140 lbs. to 120 lbs. weight for a dog, and 110 lbs. to 120 lbs. for a bitch, with an average height at the shoulder of 27 inches and 25 inches respectively; but it is doubtful whether dogs in proper condition do conform to both requirements.
When rearing puppies give them soft food, such as well-boiled rice and milk, as soon as they will lap, and, shortly afterward, scraped lean meat. Newfoundland puppies require plenty of meat to induce proper growth. The puppies should increase in weight at the rate of 3 lbs. a week, and this necessitates plenty of flesh, bone, and muscle-forming food, plenty of meat, both raw and cooked. Milk is also good, but it requires to be strengthened with casein.
The secret of growing full-sized dogs with plenty of bone and substance is to get a good start from birth, good feeding, warm, dry quarters, and freedom for the puppies to move about and exercise themselves as they wish. Forced exercise may make them go wrong on their legs.
Medicine should not be required except for worms, and the puppies should be physicked for these soon after they are weaned, and again when three or four months old, or before that if they are not thriving. If free from worms, Newfoundland puppies will be found quite hardy, and, under proper conditions of food and quarters, they are easy to rear.
⇑ Go to the Table of Contents – Newfoundland Dog ⇑