Golden Newfie

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> Canada -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Golden Newfie

The Golden Newfie is a large or giant dog, depending on the genes it inherits from its parents. Calm, patient and with a very gentle temperament, the Golden Newfie is an excellent family dog that will guard the family and bask in its affections. These outgoing, sociable dogs are generally good with other pets and cats, if socialized together. They drool and also like to swim to cool off. Training is best carried out in a calm, consistent manner. These dogs are sensitive to your tone of voice, so remember this during training as they will detect your frustration. Playful, devoted and trustworthy, the Golden Newfie is a confident dog who will fit in perfectly with the family.

History of the Golden Newfie

The Golden Newfie's history compels us to look for valuable characteristics in its parent dogs: The Golden Retriever and the Newfoundland.

 

        

A little of the Golden Retriever

        
The Golden Retriever was born in the Scottish Highlands in the 1800s. A man known as Lord Tweedmouth was credited with their creation when he focused on crossing the original yellow flat-coated Retriever with the Tweed Water Spaniel, now an extinct breed. In the process, he used the Bloodhound, Irish Setter and other Tweed Water Spaniel dogs to produce the Golden Retriever. They were ideal for retrieving waterfowl on hunting trips. They also played a key role as companions and trusted friends. Today, Golden Retrievers are still used as bird dogs, but they can also be found in narcotics detection, as assistance dogs for the disabled or as therapy dogs. They make ideal guide dogs for the blind. The American Kennel Club recognized the dog in 1925.
Standard of the Golden Retriever

A little of the Newfoundland

The history of the Newfoundland is unclear. It is said to be a descendant of the Viking "bear dogs" or perhaps the nomadic dog of the Indians. Others debate that it is a close relative of the Labrador. Yet others believe it originated from crosses between Tibetan Mastiffs brought to Canada by British or European fishermen and local dogs in the early 1700s. With such a vibrant history, this massive dog is well known for its skills in hauling nets, carrying boat lines to shore and retrieving objects and people that have been washed overboard or into wrecks. Such is his courage and ability as a rescue dog that in 1919, a gold medal was awarded to a Newfoundland for pulling a lifeboat containing twenty shipwrecked men to safety. During the Second World War, these brave dogs carried supplies and ammunition for the armed forces, often in blizzard conditions. Their courage and bravery are well documented, but it's their devoted companionship that makes them a popular breed.
Standard of the Newfoundland

Appearance of the Golden Newfie

The Golden Newfie can weigh from 45 to 68 kilos at maturity, making it an impressive animal. They have large, broad heads, black noses and brown, expressive, slightly droopy eyes that give them a sad appearance. Golden Newfie ears are floppy and often covered with light feathering. The neck is very thick and strong, and the chest is deep, matching the stocky, muscular body. With strong forelegs and large webbed feet with tufts of hairy toes, the Golden Newfie seems to have a proud, caracolante gait. The tail is better than a feather duster, wiping everything off the coffee table, something to be aware of when you have one of these gentle giants inside. Combine all the above in a very thick, almost fluffy coat and you've got an adorable, cuddly big friend for life.

Temperament of the Golden Newfie

The Golden Newfie is a dog with a heart of gold and a gentle disposition. They are people-pleasers and protective of their property and people, emitting a low growl when strangers approach. This sound from a bear or dog is enough to deter anyone from sneaking up. They're not aggressive dogs, but they often use their size and weight to corner a delinquent and bark to get owners' attention. They love long walks, swimming or clowning around in the pool, although at first they may keep trying to "rescue" your children until they get used to the noise and splashing. The Golden Newfie is average to train, and may require patience and tolerance to learn new things, but will respond to a kind owner who is consistent with commands and training processes. Loving, affectionate, calm and trustworthy can be used to describe this gentle bear of a dog.

Needs and activities of the Golden Newfie

Just because they're big doesn't mean they want to lie around all day, there's no denying that the Golden Newfie needs a good workout every day. They can run alongside your bike, follow you for a test ride and swim with you so you can choose the activity that suits you best. They're ideal companions for strolling along the waterfront or around the neighborhood. These dogs often attract admiring and respectful glances, even though all they care about is pleasing you. Without exercise, they can suffer from health problems and put on weight.

Maintenance of the Golden Newfie

The Golden Newfie requires a little maintenance, as this thick, attractive coat is prone to matting, so it needs constant brushing. The areas on the hind legs are often the worst areas for matting and should be brushed daily during shedding periods. Bathing is a good opportunity for the Golden Newfie, but fortunately they don't need it very often. During the summer, they're happy to take a dip in the pool, sea or river and clean themselves up. But they will need their ears checked and cleaned often to prevent infection, and their teeth brushed at least twice a week to avoid problems. Some Golden Newfies can drool a lot, which can be a problem, but most owners say it's worth it as they're otherwise a very easy dog to care for and love.

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