Breed Guide: Newfoundland

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A Newfoundland dogDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Newfoundland

Height (to base of neck): female 26″, male 28″

Weight: female 100-120lbs, male 130-150lbs

Color: White, grey, black, black and white and brown

Origin: Canadian providence of Newfoundland

Coat: Dense, double coat with coarse wavy outer hairs and soft dense undercoat. The coat is slightly oily and thus waterproof.

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Newfie, Newf

Is a the Newfoundland Right Dog Breed for You?

Newfoundlands are truly gentle giants.  They were originally bred to retrieve those in need from water and are well adapted to harsh climates and swimming.  They have been bred for a sweet docile temperament and make good companions.  They are protective and can be excellent guard dogs.  They are good with children.  Grooming needs are high and they shed all year-round.  They are droolers.  They require moderate daily exercise, but are generally quiet and content.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Newfoundland Dog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Osteoarthritis $1,050 $4,962
Cystitis $533 $1,603
Ear Infection $261 $1,423
Cruciate Ligament Injury $3,192 $6,197
Skin Allergies $765 $3,619


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