Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Newf; Newfie
This big black bear of a dog is one of the gentle giants, a large working breed from Newfoundland that may have been developed from the Great Pyrenees that Basque fisherman brought to Canada. The cooperative Newfie would haul in nets and retrieve goods-- and even drowning sailors-- from the water. To this day, the Newfoundland is a top notch water rescue dog that excels at water trials, obedience, pulling carts, and backpacking. Their sweetness toward their humans, especially children, makes them a well-regarded companion for families that can spend enough time with these social dogs. Their intimidating appearance means that they can deter intruders, but they shouldn't be tossed in a back lot and expected to spend long hours alone.
A black-and-white variant called the Landseer has been accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) as a separate breed. However, it is not yet recognized by the AKC, the Kennel Club (UK), and so on, and you may assume its personality is the same or similar to the traditional Newfoundland.
Appearance / health:
The Newfoundland is a large, heavily coated, well-balanced, muscular, and strong dog. Its appearance is square, in that, the length of the dog, from the top of the withers to the base of the tail, is equal to the distance from the top of the withers to the ground. The distance from the top of the withers to the underside of the chest is greater than the distance from the underside of the chest to the ground.
The excess hair of the Newfoundland may be trimmed for neatness. The whiskers need not be trimmed. The Newfoundland sheds its coat twice a year in spring and in fall, with the heaviest period coming in spring. Regular brushing is necessary to keep the coat in good condition.
This breed requires a large amount of exercise. Letting them run around in a small backyard may suffice.
This breed is generally a healthy one. However, it may be prone to bone and joint problems. They need to be periodically checked for elbow, hip, heart, and eye problems.
Behavior / temperament:
The Newfoundland is neither dull nor ill tempered. It is a devoted companion. It is capable of draft work and possesses natural lifesaving abilities. This breed can recognize a dangerous situation and will generally act if the family is threatened. The Newfoundland breed has a tendency to drool.
The Newfoundland responds to calm and balanced training methods. This breed is sensitive to the tone of its master's voice. Harsh methods that involve shouting, scolding, or hitting are not likely to work.
They are not excessively noisy.
constant shadow, Gentle Giants, cuddly, laidback dog, great therapy dogs, affection, loving family dog
hip problems, genetic health problems, intimidating, maintenance, untrained 100 lb, daily brushing, drool
water rescue dogs, water resistant, incredible strength, swimming ability, extremely thick coat
At Home in His Forever Home
Goober is a lumbering ball of love and slobber who enjoys swimming and popsicles. He came to us after being owned by three previous families when they were unable to give him the space and attention he needed. Goober had not been properly trained-due to his constant uprooting-when he entered our family, but he was quick to learn without formal training. We were able to teach him the property lines, how to sit and catch (he still hasn't mastered the part where he should bring the ball back), and how to respond to his name. He gets along well with our other dogs and only barks when it's time for his dinner or when someone pulls into the driveway. His double coat makes him tricky to keep groomed considering he likes to swim and explore. He loves children, but he is a large, bear like dog who isn’t aware of his size, so he has a habit of knocking kids down accidentally. Overall, Goober is a lovable, intelligent, and calm dog who needs room to run and lots of attention, but he is as loyal as they come. I'm glad we are able to give him the family he was looking for..
From Chipcode Jan 12 2017 5:58PM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 7 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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