Is a Newfie the Right Dog Breed for You?
In Landmark Research on Modern Dog Breed
development, the Newfoundland has been shown to share the most DNA with an ancestor of the following breeds:
Black Russian Terrier
Newfoundland’s have a Natural Instinct
to rescue drowning people. These dogs compete and are VERY successful in water rescue dog competitions consisting of 6 exercises:
Searching for an abandoned boat
Rescuing multiple people from the water (at the same time)
Rescuing an unconscious person from the water
Search, find and rescue victims from a capsized boat
Recover a line from a stranded boat
Rescuing two victims from the water
Growing Up Newfoundland!
The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials
each December in Orlando, FL. called the Fast CAT Invitational. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average speed for Newfoundland’s was around 18 mph. The fastest recorded time was by a Newfie named Ebb Tide’s Ensign Tugboat Teddy at 25.03 mph!
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a giant study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, the Newfoundland ranked 113 out of 124 dog breeds in energy level. Newfies are not an energetic breed. They have a similar energy level to that of Basset Hounds and Chow Chow’s.
While Newfie’s are a Robust
breed, with an average lifespan of 8-10 years, there are certain health conditions that effect them:
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Subaortic Stenosis (SAS)
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