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If you’ve ever seen a Newfoundland dog in person, it’s not an experience you’re likely to forget. The breed is known far and wide as one that often resembles a bear more than a dog. Simply put: they’re enormous.
But as big as they are, “Newfies,” as they’re affectionately nicknamed, are also known as amazingly gentle and faithful dogs. They have a sweet temperament and a ton of patience. There’s no question they earn the title of “gentle giant.” Sure, they’re huge, but what their owners remember about them most is their affectionate nature.
The Newfoundland male often gets up to 150 pounds, with females ranging between 100 and 120 pounds. Suffice is to say, they’re not your average lapdog — no matter how much they want to be.
If you ever own a dog like this, you have to be prepared for its special needs. The Newfoundland has a thick coat that needs regular grooming and its strong body requires plenty of exercise. And of course, those big dogs eat — a LOT.
For the families that can support them, Newfies are a one-of-a-kind dog. Whether they’re trying to climb up on their owner’s lap for a snuggle or romping in the snow, these gentle giants are truly amazing.