The Newfoundland originated in Canada and was bred as a working dog. They were used by fishermen for jobs ranging from pulling in nets and hauling wood from the forest. Also known as Newfies, they have a water-resistant coat, webbed feet, and tremendous strength and stamina, which makes them excellent dogs for water rescue and search jobs. They are calm, loyal, sweet-tempered and patient dogs and they are famous for their love of children, earning them the nickname as the “nanny dog”.
Common Health Conditions
- Obesity can be a significant health problem in Newfies. It is a serious disease that may cause or worsen joint problems, metabolic and digestive disorders, back pain and heart disease.
- A serious urinary disease called cystinuria is more common in Newfoundlands than in most other breeds. It prevents your dog’s ability to effectively filter cystine out of urine. When too much cystine builds up, stones can form; these tiny objects can get stuck anywhere in the urinary tract, including in the kidneys, bladder, and ureter.
- Colitis is inflammation of the large intestine or colon. This can be caused by stress, infection, parasites, or IBD.