Newfoundland Poodle Rescue & Adoption Centre (NRPAC) was established in 1988. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest dog rescues in Canada with over 100 dogs currently waiting for their forever homes. NRPAC is located at 1055 Highway 11 North, St John’s, NL A1C 2H5.
The Newfoundland breed originated from northern Europe and is named after the island where they were first brought to the New World. They are small, compact, intelligent, affectionate, playful and loyal.
These qualities make them ideal companions for families looking for a loving companion or those who want a pet that will do chores around the house. Their natural instincts make them excellent watchdogs and good with children. There are two main types of Newfoundland: Standard and Miniature.
Standard Newfoundland Dogs: These are the most common type of Newfoundland. They come in various sizes ranging from 15 pounds up to 30 pounds.
They have a medium length coat with black, brown and grey markings. Most Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Boxers and German Shepherds are also included under this category. The standard Newfoundland is considered to be very friendly and gentle with other animals but not so much with humans. While they are very tolerant, they can be quite intimidating. These dogs love water and will instinctively try to rescue anyone who falls into the water. While most of the time this is a very good trait, it can sometimes be a liability because the dog may be prone to jumping in after children.
Miniature Newfoundland Dogs: These types of dogs are often smaller than the average sized Dalmatian and much larger than the other type of Miniature Dog breeds. The name “miniature” is a bit of a misnomer as they can grow to more than 100 pounds when full grown.
They are not as common and have many of the same qualities as the Standard. The difference is that they were bred to be better suited for bustling cities because of their smaller size and milder temperament. They also do not have the natural instinct to rescue humans from the water but it can be trained into them with patience and dedication.
Health Issues: Currently, there aren’t any major health issues with this breed. There are a few minor concerns that have been brought up such as hip dysplasia (a degenerative disease of the hip joints) and gastric torsion (bloating).
A veterinarian should check your dog when you first get it. After that, you will only need to bring it in for check ups once every year or two.
Grooming: These dogs have a thick water-repellent double coat. The fur can become matted if it is not brushed often.
A coat this long will get caught on almost anything so it is important to keep an eye on your dog when outside. If it starts to rain or you are going for a swim, you will need to either bring the dog in or give it a haircut because prolonged exposure will lead to discomfort and possible skin conditions. The fur also tends to carry a “doggie” smell no matter how much you wash it. Some owners remove the fur from the legs and stomach to reduce this problem. This breed is an average shedder.
Exercise: This is not the ideal dog if you want something that will jog alongside you. They do not have the stamina or the motivation.
A short daily walk will suffice. However, they love to swim. When given the chance, they will swim for hours and not seem the least bit tired. They also like to play ball but most will not return the ball. These dogs would much rather chase after the ball and keep it for themselves. This can be frustrating at first, but once you realize that is just the nature of this breed, you will find other ways of amusing yourself, such as throwing the ball way up high where they can’t reach it.
Special Care: Despite their thick fur, these dogs do not do well in hot temperatures. They will become uncomfortable and will need access to water.
Miniature Newfoundlands are also known to have digestive problems when they eat too fast or too much at one time. It is important to watch what they are eating and make sure they don’t gorge themselves because this can cause bloating which could be fatal.
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