Great Lakes Newfoundland Club
Building Friendships Through Our Dogs
Serving  Michigan

"The Newfoundland is a sweet-dispositioned dog that acts neither dull nor ill-tempered. He is a devoted companion. A multipurpose dog, at home on land and in water, the Newfoundland is capable of draft work and possesses natural lifesaving abilities. The Newfoundland is a large, heavily coated, well balanced dog that is deep-bodied, heavily boned, muscular, and strong. A good specimen of the breed has dignity and proud head carriage. "
as written in the Newfoundland breed standard

"Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland; this is the most important single characteristic of the breed" 

written in the Newfoundland breed standard
As with all dogs, Newfoundlands may have health problems. The most common are subvalvular aortic stenosis, hip and/or elbow dysplasia, cystinuria, cruciate injuries, skin problems and ear infections. 

The Newfoundland is a working dog.  The breed originated in Newfoundland aiding the fisherman by pulling nets, carting fish to market, pulling heavy equipment and often being used as a lifesaver of people in the water.  The Newfoundland is a dog of courage, loyalty and devotion.  The Newfoundland can be found today in many working venues.  The Newf excels in water rescue, drafting, obedience, agility and therapy work.  The Newfoundland is a versatile breed. 

Often referred to as "gentle giants", their sweet nature and wonderful disposition makes them excellent family pets.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Newfoundlands drool?  Yes, some more than others

How much do Newfs shed?  They are a double coated breed and shed year round.

How big is a Newfoundland?  The males tend to be a bit bigger than the females.  The average weight for a male is 140 lbs and for a female 120 lbs.  Bigger does NOT make a Newf better.

Do Newfs naturally know how to swim?  While most Newfoundlands are natural swimmers some Newfoundlands need help learning to swim.  And some Newfs don't like water at all.

Health Issues You Should Know About
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Digestive System
Immune System

Hair and Skin
Eye Disorders

Do you want a dog that..... 

Will be well over 100lbs full grown
Reaches your counter tops and can take what they chose
Can sling drool to even the highest of ceilings
Drools when they eat and drink
Needs daily brushing 
Sheds A LOT
Wants to be near you wherever you are
Requires regular exercise - daily walks
Craves attention from everyone
Will be best suited as a house dog
Probably not the best guard dog
Highly intellegent
Has a medium activity level
Easily trained
Loves the water
Favorite time of the year is winter
Will be your most loyal friend

Then you may be suited for a Newf...
OR Do you want a dog that..... 

You can carry past 10 weeks old
Will not be over 100 lbs at 10 months
Can not drag you around if untrained
May jump on you and knock you over
Does not drool just sitting there
Requires minimal brushing and grooming
Sheds minimally or not at all
Does not want to be underfoot all the time
Requires very little exercise
Loves people but not an oversized lap dog
Will enjoy living outdoors instead of inside 
Will guard our home 
Is not smarter than me
Has a very low or very high activity level
Wants to stay out of the snow 
Will be your friend but not your best friend

Then you ARE NOT suited for a Newf and should consider another breed