Golden Newfie

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75-138 lbs
24-27"
United States
Golden Retriever
Newfoundland

The Golden Newfie is a large or giant dog, depending on the genes she inherits from the parent dogs. Calm, patient and a very sweet temperament the Golden Newfie is a great family dog who will guard the family and bask in their affections. These outgoing and sociable dogs are generally good with other pets and cats, if they are socialised together. They do drool and they also love to swim to keep cool. Training is best conducted in a calm consistent manner. These dogs are sensitive to the tone of your voice so remember this during training as they will pick up on your frustration. Playful, devoted and trustworthy, the Golden Newfie is a confident dog and one who will fit right in with the family.

Purpose
Companion dog, retrieving, rescuing people from the water
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Golden Retriever and Newfoundland Dog

Golden Newfie Health

Average Size
Height: 26-29 inches Weight: 85-150 lbs
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 75-138 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Subaortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Work
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Biochemistry Profile
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination

Golden Newfie Breed History

The history of the Golden Newfie requires us to look at the parent dogs for valuable characteristics. The Newfoundland's history is not clear, it is said to be a descendant of the Viking ‘bear dogs’ or may have been the Indian's nomadic dog. Others debate that it is a close relative of the Labrador. Still, other parties believe it originated from crosses between the Tibetan Mastiffs brought to Canada by British or European fisherman and the local dogs early in the 1700s. With such a vibrant history, this massive dog is much known for its skills in hauling in nets, carrying boat lines to shore, and retrieving objects and people that were washed overboard or from shipwrecks. Such is its courage and ability as a rescue dog that in 1919 a gold medal was awarded to a Newfoundland dog that pulled a lifeboat containing twenty ship wrecked people to safety. During World War II these brave dogs hauled supplies and ammunition for the armed forces, often in blizzard conditions. Their courage and bravery is well documented, but it is their devoted companionship that makes them a popular breed. The Golden Retriever originated in the 1800s in the Scottish Highlands. A gentleman known as Lord Tweedmouth has been credited for their creation when he concentrated on crossing the original yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now an extinct breed). During the process he used the Bloodhound, Irish Setter and more of the Tweed Water Spaniel dogs to produce the Golden Retriever. They were ideal dogs for retrieving water fowl during hunting parties. They also filled a key role as companions and trusted friends. Today the Golden Retriever is still used as a bird dog, but is also found in narcotics detection, service dog for the disabled, or a therapy dog. They make ideal guide dogs for the blind. The American Kennel Club recognised the dog in 1925.

Golden Newfie Breed Appearance

The Golden Newfie can weigh in at 100 to 150 pounds when fully grown, which makes for an impressive looking animal. They have a large broad head, black nose and their eyes are brown; expressive and slightly droopy eyes give them a sad appearance. The ears of the Golden Newfie are floppy and often covered in a light feathering. The neck is very thick and strong, and the chest is deep, matching the stocky muscular body. With strong forequarters and large webbed feet with hairy toe tufts, the Golden Newfie seems to have a proud prancing gait. The tail is better than a feather duster, it will wipe 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 have one adorable large cuddly friend for life.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Red
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Golden Newfie Breed Maintenance

The Golden Newfie takes a bit of maintenance, that thick attractive coat is prone to matting so it needs constant brushing. The areas on the hindlegs are often the worse areas for matting and should be brushed every day during times of shedding. Bathing is quite an occasion for the Golden Newfie, but luckily, they don’t need it often. During summer, they will happily romp into the pool or sea or river and clean themselves. But they will need their ears checked and cleaned often to prevent infections, and their teeth need brushing at least twice a week to prevent problems. Some Golden Newfies can drool a lot, which can be a problem but most owners say it’s worth it because they are otherwise a very easy dog to care for and love.

Brushes for Golden Newfie
Dematter
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Golden Newfie Temperament

As mentioned earlier, the Golden Newfie is a dog with a heart of gold and a sweet disposition. They are a people pleaser and are protective of their property and people, emitting a low growl when strangers approach. This sound coming from a bear of a dog is enough to deter anyone who is sneaking around. They are not an aggressive dog but often use their size and weight to pin an offender down and bark to get the owners attention. They love long walks, swimming or clowning around in the pool – although at first, they may keep trying to ‘save’ your children until they get used to the noise and the splashing. The Golden Newfie is average to train, it may require patience and tolerance to teach it new things, but it will respond to a kindly owner who is consistent with orders and training processes. Loving, affectionate, calm and trustworthy can be used to describe this gentle bear of a dog.

Golden Newfie Activity Requirements

Just because they are big doesn’t mean they want to lie around all day – there is no getting over the fact that the Golden Newfie needs a good workout each day. They can jog alongside your bike, follow you up a trial and swim with you as well so you can pick the activity that is easiest for you. They are ideal companions to walk along the beachfront or around the neighbourhood with. These dogs often draw admiring and respectful glances although all they are interested in is pleasing you. Without exercise, they can suffer health problems and put on weight.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Golden Newfie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

Golden Newfie Owner Experiences

maggie
6 Weeks
5 People
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It is new to me.But looking forward to time spent with her.
2 weeks, 6 days ago
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