Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Newfoundland Puppies

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Anna Olson
Aug 14 ·

Have you fallen in love with pictures of Newfoundland puppies? Do you want to bring one home? Like any large breed, the Newfoundland has its own special requirements and quirks. It’s important to make sure you know what to do before bringing a Newfoundland puppy home. Our Newfoundland Puppies: The Complete Guide will help you start this process.

Where To Find Newfoundland Puppies

If you’re committed to welcoming a Newfoundland puppy into your home, your safest bet is a breeder. While there is an American network of Newfoundland rescue organizations, these are mostly devoted to older dogs needing new forever homes. If you’re okay with adopting an older Newfie, rescuing is a great option. You’re also unlikely to find a Newfoundland puppy in a shelter, since they’re expensive. This is Gander…

We always recommend doing extensive research before committing to a breeder. Read on for our tips on finding an ethical Newfoundland breeder.

Cost

The average cost of a Newfoundland puppy is $1200, although that price could be as high as $2000. If you see a Newfoundland puppy listed for a lower price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. While a high initial cost may seem daunting, it guarantees the puppy will be of a high pedigree. It’s also a good sign that the breeder is concerned about the health and well-being of their puppies and their breeding pair.

Signs Of An Ethical Newfoundland Breeder

Along with a higher cost for their puppies, here are good signs you’ve found a Newfoundland breeder who cares about the bloodline of the breed and the health of their dogs:

  • Transparency about breeding practices and medical screenings
  • Let you visit their breeding location, meet the puppies, and their parents
  • American Kennel Club Registration
  • Have complete vet records available for puppies and parents
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Keep their homes and yards as clean as possible

If a breeder requires you to meet them and the puppy in a neutral location, away from their home, this is a sign they may be a backyard breeder, or running a puppy mill. While you may be inclined to save a puppy from this type of situation, it’s best to put your money towards breeders who treat their animals well. This is Newf…

Temperament

For centuries, the Newfoundland has filled many roles. As companions aboard Canadian fishing ships, they rescued countless sailors and drowned persons. Their strength helped them with other fishing tasks, and their large lung capacity helped them in rough waters. One of the most prominent Newfoundlands, Seaman, accompanied Lewis and Clark on their 1802 journey across North America. In all that time, they’ve also been popular as family dogs. Because they’re so great with children, they’re often called “nanny dogs.”

In general, Newfoundlands are very social and get along with everybody. They’re great with strangers and other dogs. However, they also tend to have a more vigilant, protective temperament. They can make very protective watchdogs. This is Havana…

Socialization is very important for a young Newfoundland. They will need daily human contact, so keep that in mind when going on vacation. Even though they are strong, they need an average physical and mental activity level every day. Like their ancestors, they still love swimming.

A Newfoundland lives on average 9-10 years. That’s a long time to indulge in big dog cuddles!

Appearance

Newfoundlands are among the world’s biggest dogs. Since they weigh more than females in general, male Newfies can easily weigh 150 pounds or more, and stand 28 inches at the shoulder! Females usually weigh between 100 and 120 pounds. A two month old Newfoundland puppy can weigh anywhere between 18 to 27 pounds.

Unlike most dogs, Newfoundlands don’t stop growing when they get older. While this usually means they grow taller, it can also mean some weight gain. If this is the case, make sure with your vet that this isn’t due to obesity. Basil…

Since they were originally bred to swim in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, Newfoundlands have fluffy fur with a thick, soft undercoat. These dogs also come in a wide variety of coat colors. These include white with black or brown markings, gray, black, brown, and occasionally reddish-brown. Landseers, while considered a different breed in some countries, are usually classified as a variety of Newfoundland. These particular Newfies are usually white with black markings.

Newfoundlands have slightly droopy jowls, droopy ears, and long, hanging tongues. Be prepared for plenty of doggy drool!

Newfoundland Puppies – Training

Like with any puppy, it’s important to sign your Newfoundland up for socialization classes as soon as possible. Even though they normally have easygoing temperaments, socialization will still get them used to other people, other dogs, and new situations. You can still train a Newfoundland in water work and rescue, like their breed ancestors. If you would like to do this, you should start getting them used to the water at 4 months old.

Newfies respond best to gentle guidance and positive reinforcement. We do not recommend harsh training methods for any dog, but with a Newfoundland they’re especially unnecessary. As a rule, Newfies are curious, non-aggressive, and loyal. If you work with their gentle natures, they’ll trust you for life. Bsharris…

Grooming

Newfoundlands need a thorough brushing at least once a week. They are fluffy dogs, with a lot of long hair and a soft undercoat that sheds. Regular brushing will help cut down on mats, removing dead hair from their undercoat. If your puppy is spayed or neutered, they will shed year-round. We recommend brushing more than once a week for a spayed or neutered Newfie. If you leave your puppy intact, they’ll have two shedding seasons a year.

These brushing sessions are also a great time to check your Newfoundland’s ears for dirt and signs of infection. Since they have large, droopy ears, they’ll be more prone to wax and dirt buildup, which could cause infection. Learn more about dog ear infections here.

Trimming your Newfoundland’s nails on a regular basis is a great way to prevent discomfort and save your hardwood floors. Use a nail trimmer or grinder for best results. Try your best to avoid the quick. If you hit it, stop the bleeding with flour or a commercially-available styptic powder. If the thought of trimming your dog’s nails makes you nervous, most dog groomers will do it for you for a low price.

We recommend bathing your Newfoundland every 6-8 weeks, or more frequently if they like swimming. When you can tell your pup is getting stinky, it’s probably bath time.

Newfoundland Puppies – Vet Needs

All puppies need a series of vaccinations. These help protect against potentially fatal diseases like rabies, parvovirus, and distemper. You can also choose to protect your Newfoundland puppy against kennel cough with a vaccine. After you first bring your puppy home, bring them to the vet every three weeks for their shots. This should last until your puppy is 16-18 weeks old. From that point on, bring your Newfie in once a year for checkups and booster shots. Don’t be afraid to call your vet if you notice any change in your dog’s health or behavior. Tika Time…

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Since you bought your puppy from an ethical breeder, they’re less likely to have conditions common to the Newfoundland breed. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, heart disease, and urinary stones. It’s still a good idea to be on the lookout for symptoms of these conditions. If you see them, your vet will be able to help with management and prevention.

Like many large dog breeds, the Newfoundland is prone to bloat, or gastric torsion. This is usually a result of eating too much too fast, or eating a meal too close to exercising. Bloat can be fatal if left untreated. Feed your Newfoundland a series of small meals throughout the day and make sure to space these out between exercise sessions.

Newfoundland Puppies – Photos

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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