BREED STANDARD

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A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct color of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. The breed originated in the island of Newfoundland from indigenous dogs and the big black bear dog introduced by the Vikings after the year 1100. With the advent of European fishermen a variety of new breeds helped to shape and reinvigorate the breed, but the essential characteristics remained. When the colonization of the island began in 1610, the Newfoundland Dog was already largely in possession of his proper morphology and natural behavior. These features allowed him to withstand the rigors of the extreme climate and sea’s adversity while pulling heavy loads on land or serving as water and lifeguard dog.
For more information, see the
NCA article.

FOR INFO ON BREEDERS, TRAINING, AND HEALTH, SEE NCA'S HUB PAGES ARTICLES: Newfoundland Club of America on HubPages

 

CONFORMATION

The official term of a dog show is conformation. While dog shows may look like a beauty pageant, the dogs are individually being judged on how closely they conform to the breeds standards. The dogs that conform best to the standards are awarded Championship Points. A dog can become a "Champion" after they win enough shows, including two "major" shows.

To be eligible to compete, a dog must:
Be individually registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC);
Be six (6) months of age or older;
Be a breed offered at a show;
Meet all eligibility requirements in the written standard of the breed;
Spayed or neutered dogs are not eligible to compete in conformation classes.

HEALTH

 

All breeds are susceptible to a number of different health issues. The Newfoundland can be affected by orthopedic, cardiac, endocrine and other disorders. These may be attributed to hereditary, congenital or environmental factors. A responsible breeder will welcome your questions regarding the health, temperament, and quality of their dogs. The discussion should include information about feeding, grooming, training, socialization and veterinary requirements.

For information of Newfoundland Health Screening, check out the following:

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GETTING A NEWFOUNDLAND

 
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ADOPTION IS AN OPTION!
 

CONSIDER ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL NEWFS THAT COME INTO OUR RESCUE.  PLEASE CHECK OUT COLONIAL NEWFOUNDLAND RESCUE.

The Newfoundland is a giant breed dog, with males averaging 28 inches in height and weighing 120-150 pounds. Females average 26 inches in height and weigh 100-120 pounds. They are built powerfully, with webbed feet and a double coat which make them excellent swimmers. Because of this double coat, they shed a lot and require daily grooming. Twice a year they 'blow their coat' which means they shed even more. If you decide to own a Newfie, you will have slobber on you, your furniture, your walls and even your ceiling! There are four colors of Newfs recognized in the United States: black, brown, black and white (Landseer) and gray. This doesn't mean you will not see other colors such as brown and white or gray and white. The Newfoundland possesses a mild, sweet temperament which gives them the nickname of Gentle Giant. They are brave, trustworthy, loyal and very intelligent. For more information on Newfoundland breeders and puppy raising responsibilities, see Since 1930, The NCA has been proud to be a strong voice to preserve, promote and protect the Newfoundland Dog.

You can contact the NCA for Newfie Puppy Info. Or you can email them at: breederreferral@ncadogs.org.

Come join us at any Club event to meet Newfoundlands and their owners and learn more about the breed.