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has been featured in National TV and
Radio shows like Voice of America
and has been
dogs ever since he was 14 years old.
players, NFL players, professional
golfers, singers, wrestlers, governors, CEOs,
billionaire entrepreneurs, and many other celebrities
trust Ty because of his unique approach to training
He has trained dogs in 18 states
in the U.S.A and four other countries worldwide
and has spent several years working with high
level executive protection dogs who make wonderful
family pets, but potent guardians if called
is an internationally recognized Expert
Animal Communicator and Master
who has authored 6 books on Animal Communication
and has been featured in several TV
and Radio shows such as the
Wayne & Jayne Radio Show and Whole Life Radio
with Carmen & John LaMarca.
Her uncanny insight
into 'animal thought' comes from having intimately
worked with over 6,200 animals during the past
30 years, which is why we trust her profound
experience when she speaks.
Dr. Susan Lauten
Lauten has a Masters in Animal Nutrition
and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences.
Recently a guest of
Marty Becker on "Top Vets Talk Pets"
and interviewed by The Oregon Live,
she has authored several peer-reviewed articles
and veterinary nutrition reference book chapters.
With 5 years of experience teaching Veterinary
Nutrition at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital,
Dr. Lauten brings unequalled veterinary perspective
into how your dog should be cared for both medically
has a current practice which teaches nearly
200 young dog owners to train
their dogs in obedience and
Having spent over 40 years training
dogs, Sally has proven experience in helping
dogs to love and obey their owners and bond
deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
this inevitably brings.
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Group: AKC Working Dog, KCGB Working
AKC Ranking: 5
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The origin of the Newfoundland
is uncertain. Some stories have it descended
from the Nordic ‘bear dogs’. Another
story says he came from the Great Pyrenees
that were brought to the coast of Newfoundland
by Basque fishermen. In any case, much of
his development happened in Newfoundland.
coat is heavy to protect him from long winters
and icy waters. His webbed feet allowed him
to travel the marshes or to swim.
Later taken to England, many of
the Newfoundlands seen today are from those.
Newfoundlands are famous for their
water rescues. Their size and strength allow them
to rescue drowning men. The Newfie’s intelligence
tells him when there is trouble and how to react.
They also drag carts and carry
burdens similar to pack horses. Their sweet compliance,
loyalty and willingness to work and please complement
their strength and agility.
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A General Appearance of
A Newfoundland is a stately, huge
dog that should show balance. Although they are
one of the giant dogs, they are elegant, agile,
and very hardy. Large-boned and heavily coated,
the Newfoundland is deep-chested, muscular, and
When seen from a distance, Newfies
look like a black bear and they even walk with a
lumbering gait like a bear. They have massive heads
with smaller ears that expected. The large feet
are webbed for swimming. The feathered tail hangs
down, but is often wagging. The legs are also feathered.
The body is covered with fairly long black or brown
outercoat and thick undercoat which mats easily.
Coat colors can be black, brown,
gray, or white and black. Black is most often seen.
Markings can be white on the chin,
chest, toes, and tip of tail. There can be a tinge
of bronze on a black or gray coat and some lighter
furnishings on a brown or gray coat.
Landseer is a white base coat
with black markings. In this coloring the head is
solid black or black with white on the muzzle with
or without a blaze. Usually this includes a black
saddle and black on the rump.
The Newfoundland coat is a flat,
water-resistant outercoat with a soft, dense undercoat.
The outercoat is coarse, long, and full. It can
be straight or wavy. The legs are heavily feathered
and the tail is covered with long, dense hair.
Males: 28 inches
Females: 26 inches
Males: 130 – 150 lbs
Females: 100 – 120 lbs
Temperament of the Dog
Although massive, the Newfoundland
one of the calmest, sweetest dogs you will ever
find. He is patient and willing to please. He has
nearly every good trait you can think of to describe
a dog – courageous, intelligent, generous,
calm, gentle, loyal, trustworthy, dignified, devoted,
sociable and peaceable. He is good with other animals
if thoroughly socialized.
The Newfie protects his family
by placing himself between them and the perceived
His barking is more friendly than
A devoted companion who is at
home on land and in the water, the Newfoundland
loves water so much he will probably play in his
water bowl, your swimming pool, a creek, or the
Do not let him laze around the
house. They love socialization but may tend to be
lazy when obedience trained (which is necessary
because of their size).
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
He enjoys being outdoors especially
if it is cool. Hot weather is hard on him so make
sure he has plenty of shade and cool water. Do not
leave him outside alone for hours on end. He loves
to be with his family.
Are they suited to homes
He is playful and loving with
children of all ages. He is considered a ‘born
How Active is the Breed?
A Newfie will do fine in an apartment
or with a small yard if he has a long walk each
day. Do not let him laze around the house. They
love socialization but may tend to be lazy when
obedience trained (which is necessary because of
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
As a puppy, a Newfoundland will
want play times and walks. As he matures, he will
tend to be lazy and enjoy just lying around and
watching the action. However, he needs to get up
and move around – take a walk, play at a dog
park, or play with another dog.
They shed heavily twice a year
and moderately the rest of the year. They must be
brushed at least weekly, but it is better to brush
them about every three days. Their coats mat easily.
They are fairly heavy shedders. Do not bathe unless
absolutely necessary as that strips the coat’s
Because of their size, a professional
groomer may be helpful in spring and fall.
Carrying extra weight will add
to their problems with heart and joints. They are
prone to hip dysplasia and hereditary heart disease
called subaortic stenosis.
Litter Size: 4
– 8 puppies
Life Span: The
life span of the Newfoundland varies from 9 to 15
years with most living about 10 – 11 years.
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