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Breed All About It! Spotlight on: The Newfoundland Description: Newfoundlands are strong, massive dogs. They have a straight or wavy double coat that is coarse and water-resistant. Coat colors are predominantly black, but can also be black with blue highlights, black and white, brown, and gray. They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada. Temperament: Newfies are sweet, courageous, peaceful, and intelligent. They are very loyal, devoted, and trustworthy companions who rarely bark, but are protective and brave when they need to be. They are calm, gentle, and sociable dogs, obedient to their masters, and mild with guests. This breed is generally good with other animals, and patient, playful, and loving with children. Be sure to train and socialize early, while they are still a manageable size. Newfound- lands can be slightly difficult to train. A calm, firm, and consistent leader is called for to achieve a well-balanced dog. Newfies prefer colder climates, and do not do well in the heat. Be sure they always have cool water available and a shaded place to lie. These dogs tend to be very messy when drinking water and do drool, as do other giant breeds, especially after getting a drink. They enjoy the outdoors, but also need to be with their family. The Newfoundland is an outstanding, in- stinctive water rescue dog, and many people owe their lives to members of the breed. They make excellent watchdogs and lifeguards, and can bring a drowning adult ashore. Newfies are extraordinarily good companions. Average Height/ Weight: Approximately 25 - 29 inches in height, about 100 - 150 pounds. Health Issues: Generally healthy, but are prone to a hered- itary heart disease called sub-aortic stenosis (SAS), and hip dysplasia. Be careful not to let Newfies get overweight. Exercise: These gentle giants are content to lounge around the house, but should be taken on daily walks. They also love to swim, and do well in competitive obedience. Be careful not to over-exercise during the first couple of years of your pup's life, as his growth plates are still forming, and hard exercise can cause damage to them. Life Expectancy: About 8 -10 years. Grooming: Daily to weekly brushing of the thick, coarse, double coat with a hard brush is important. The undercoat is shed twice a year in spring and fall, and extra care is required at these times. Avoid bathing unless absolutely necessary, as this strips away natural oils. Dry shampooing is preferable. Source: dogbreedinfo.com K olbrooks V eterinary C linic N. LEE KOLOS, V.M.D 1756 Nittany Valley Drive • Bellefonte Phone: (814) 383-4415 Fax: (814) 383-2002 Email: Dr.LeeVMD@aol.com Pawsitively Pets -- May 11