Category: Working Dogs
Facts about Newfoundland Dogs, "Scientific name for dog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris". The Newfoundland Dog is an amazingly sweet tempered and family friendly dog. Newfoundland Dogs sweat glands are between their paw pads.
It is a Fact a Newfoundland Dog sees in color and have better low light vision. Newfoundland Dogs have three eyelids, a lower lid, an upper eyelid lid and a third lid, that is called a haw or nictitating membrane, this keeps the Newfoundland Dogs eye protected and moist. Newfoundland Dogs eyes have a special membrane for seeing better at night, called a tapetum lucidum - a dogs reflective layer in the choroid chiefly of nocturnal, causing the eyes to glow when light at night hits the eyes and they consist of some layers of smooth flat cells covered by a section of double deformed crystals.
A Newfoundland Dog’s mouth can apply approximately 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch and an American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog and a rottweiler can have 320 LBS of pressure on avg.
The average size of the Newfoundland Dog at the shoulders is 26 to 28 inches (66 to 71 cm) and the average height of the female is 25 to 27 inches (63.5 to 68.5 cm). The average weight of the male 130 to 150 pounds (59 to 68 kg) and the average weight of the female 100 to 120 pounds (45.3 to 54.4 kg). It has an average life expectancy of 8-10 years. With a broad face and sturdy appearance, the Newfoundland Dog can resemble a small bear if seen from a distance. Despite its intimidating size the Newfoundland Dog has a sweet and easy going personality and is very trainable. The Newfoundland Dog breed was originally used as a working dog for Newfoundland's fishermen as it loves to swim. Its thick coat, which comes in a variety of colors including white, black and grey, is waterproof, which allows the Newfoundland Dogs love to swim for extended amounts of time. This has made it popular as a water rescue dog in many areas along with Golden Retrievers and the Leonberger. Due to its size and intelligence, the Newfoundland Dog can make an excellent guard dog. It has a deep bark and can quickly learn to alert anyone if a trespasser is on the premises and its size and bear like physique alone can be enough to deter a potential burglar. The Newfoundland Dogs tend to be very gentle though and would not be likely to actually attack or growl at an intruder.
Unfortunately the Newfoundland Dog often has to face some of the health issues associated with extremely large breeds. The number one heath problems amongst Newfoundland Dogs is obesity, so always make sure your Newfoundland Dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that Newfoundland Dogs have are just an issue of long toenails. also included is hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat, also known as gastric torsion. Acquiring one of the Newfoundland Dogs should therefor only be done if the owner is willing to pay a significant amount for veterinary care, especially later in life. Due to its thick coat, the Newfoundland Dog does not do well in very hot climates. The Newfoundland Dog breed is best suited for a slightly cool climate and enjoys having access to lots of water (both for swimming and consuming) during the hotter months of the year.
The Newfoundland Dogs have won the hearts of many people throughout history. Most people probably remember this breed as the sweet nanny-dog "Nana" from Peter Pan, but real Newfoundland Dogs have also played a great role throughout history. Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have been rescued by a Newfoundland Dog when he tried to escape his exile on the island Elba. Not only did a Newfoundland Dog rescue Napoleon, the Harvey family's Newfoundland dog is said to have helped rescue over 160 people from a shipwreck in 1928.
All dogs are identical in makeup big or small– 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones. Newfoundland Puppies have 28 teeth and when they become adult Newfoundland Dogs they have 42 teeth. When Newfoundland puppies are born, they have no teeth and are deaf and blind. Newfoundland Puppies for their first few weeks will sleep ninety percent of the day and their vision is not fully developed until after the first month.
Newfoundland Dogs have two times the amount of ear muscles than people. It is a fact a Newfoundland Dog can hear a sound at four times the distance of a human. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) Def-Hertz is the measurement of frequency, explicitly it's one cycle per second. The higher the Hertz are, the higher the pitched the sound is. Newfoundland Dogs hear best at 45,000 Hz to 65,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
Things to consider before buying a Newfoundland
The Newfoundland Dog makes a great family dog and is very friendly, clever and sweet. It does however require some room to roam along with daily exercise, as it is a working dog. The Newfoundland Dog also drools a lot, especially during the summer months, and will leave evidence of this throughout the house. Newfoundland Dogs have a lot of fur and require regular grooming once a week as a minimum. This means going through the dogs undercoat to untangle it using a wire-brush for the top coat. It is also important to remember that Newfoundland Dogs are very large dogs. The Newfoundland Dog will inevitably knock over objects, and an occasional unsuspecting child, over on accident and cannot be blamed for this. Their large size also means that they eat a lot of food and are likely to rack up some large veterinary bills. If none of these present an issue, Newfoundland Dogs are a great fit for a loving family.
Only humans and dogs have prostates and a dog doesn't have an appendix.
Newfoundland Dog’s nose prints can be used to identify them, their nose prints are like a humans finger print. It is a Fact a Newfoundland Dog smells more than 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. A Newfoundland Dog’s nose, secretes a thin layer of mucous that helps it absorb scent, after that they lick their noses and sample the scent through their mouth.
Average body temperature for a Newfoundland Dog is between 101 to 102.5 degrees
Female Newfoundland Dogs are in heat for matting for about 20 days twice a year. Female Newfoundland Dogs are pregnant for 60 days before they’re puppies are born.
A Newfoundland Dog is an omnivore, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). All Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
If purchasing a Newfoundland Dog from a breeder, make sure to find a good breeder with references check at least two to three of the puppies that were purchased from this breeder.
The Newfoundland Dog belongs to the Working Group and in 1886 it was recognized (AKC) American Kennel Club.
Newfoundland Dogs pant to keep cool with 10 to 35 breaths per minute with an average of 24 breaths per minute. A large dog breed resting heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats on average between 100 to 140 pant a lot.