The Newfie is best described as being a gentle giant. Sweet, calm yet courageous and intelligent, Newfies know how to get their zen on. They are large and heavy in both bone and coat, and as puppies they look like a cuddly teddy bear! However, don't expect them to stay this way forever, this stage doesn't last long as they grow very quickly. They may not be a teddy bear anymore, but they're still big, fluffy and positively gorgeous dogs.
As puppies the Newfoundland needs a nutritious diet to ensure the proper formation of bones and joints, so no generic brand dog food for them! Supplements should NOT be added to their diet however, unless absolutely necessary as they can actually do more harm than good.
The grooming needs of this dog are fairly demanding. They should be brushed regularly with particular attention being paid to the feathering on the legs, which can become entangled. Watch out that your furry friend doesn't kick at you when grooming, as many dogs don't like you playing with their legs. A kick from a Newfoundland can sure pack a wallop.
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