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Temporary White Coat in Newfoundlands

Posted by on July 1, 2016

Back in the 1970’s the hot topic in Newfoundland dogs was hip dysplasia (HD). Since then it has become less talked about as so many other health issues concerning Newfs have arisen in the public mind since then. Of course that does not mean it is less important; in fact for a giant breed dog the hind quarters are crucial to quality of life and the hips are the mainstay of the rear assembly.

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Hip Dysplasia in Newfs Today

Posted by on May 1, 2016

Back in the 1970’s the hot topic in Newfoundland dogs was hip dysplasia (HD). Since then it has become less talked about as so many other health issues concerning Newfs have arisen in the public mind since then. Of course that does not mean it is less important; in fact for a giant breed dog the hind quarters are crucial to quality of life and the hips are the mainstay of the rear assembly.

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Newfs And Back Yard Breeders

Posted by on March 1, 2016

There are many excellent articles on the internet that explain and warn about getting a Newfoundland dog from a back yard breeder. In spite of that, more and more Newf puppies are being churned out this way. While this type of breeder has always been around the dramatic increase in recent years is something that troubles me deeply. When Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue did a statistical analysis, it turned out that 77% of their surrenders originated with back yard breeders.

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17 Year Old Newfs

Posted by on January 1, 2016

There are breeders who are striving to achieve even more longevity for our breed. Of course, longevity by itself is not an appropriate goal. It has to be a sound longevity. Being alive without quality of life is hardly desirable for man or beast. Some of the ways that breeders are tackling the challenge of increasing sound longevity include diet, slowing down growth, slowing down the rate of maturation and ensuring that their breeding stock carry longevity in their genes.

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Newfs By Misdesign

Posted by on November 1, 2015

To me Newfoundland dogs are Mother Nature’s masterpiece. Unfortunately Mother Nature is constantly being bullied as people keep trying to improve her work. The latest attack takes the form of so called designer breeds. These are technically not breeds at all but rather first level hybrids, AKA mongrels, mutts or crossbreeds.

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Newf With Child Images

Posted by on September 1, 2015

My very favourite images are those of adult Newfoundland dogs with young children and this got started in the Victorian age, the heyday of the Newf. At first the children were dressed as young adults and formally posed with the dog. Later in the era we started to see the children portrayed as the innocents that they are and in informal poses.

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15 Minutes With A Newf

Posted by on July 1, 2015

Polar started it all when he was called upon to help calm down a violently upset patient at a local hospital where Moe worked. Since the gentleman had a photo of a dog in his room Moe was asked to go home and get her Newf to help prevent both staff and the patient from getting hurt. Within 10 minutes Polar walked into the room and the patient immediately calmed down. After about 45 minutes Polar had done his job and then went to other rooms to visit – he was a natural.

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Uniqueness Of The Newf

Posted by on May 1, 2015

It is said there are over 700 breeds of dog recognized around our planet. Each breed has its own distinct features but none match the uniqueness of the Newfoundland. In previous columns I have discussed or mentioned many of these, particularly those related to a Newf’s special abilities in water. Now I would like to give an overview of our breed’s unique and semi-unique characteristics in no particular order.

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Newfs Given To Visiting Royalty

Posted by on March 1, 2015

Newfoundlanders probably have never shown more pride in the giant breed dog of the Island than when they presented a Newfoundland to visiting royalty. This they did on two occasions, once in 1860 and again in 1901 when the current Princes of Wales came to St. John’s.

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Fisher Dog

Posted by on January 1, 2015

While Newfoundland dogs are commonly known to have been aids to fishermen in the days of sail, it is less well known that they were and are fishers in their own right. Fish are their most natural prey and that diet was foremost for them as they evolved in the 16th to 19th centuries.

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