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The Newfoundland Dog and Newf-L FAQ

The Newfoundland Dog and Newf-L F.A.Q.

First Version 0.60 (April 21, 1998)
This Version 1.02 (December 3, 2009)
Created and hosted by Gary A. Donahue, E-Mail:

DISCLAIMER: This document is meant as a starting point on your quest for Newfoundland knowledge. It is in no way to be used in place of a vets advice, or a breeders recommendation. These people are professionals, and this document will defer to them whenever possible. If you think your dog is sick or in need of veterinary care, stop reading this and call your vet now. The best thing you can do for a sick or injured Newf is to get in contact with a vet as soon as possible.

1. This FAQ

2. Newf-L Basics

3. Newf-L Mechanics

4. Newf-L Courtesy

5. List Politics

6. Newfoundlands

7. Raising a Newfoundland Puppy

8. Breeders

9. Rescuing a Newf

10. Training your Newf

11. Newfoundland Health Issues

12. Grooming

13. Environment

14. Equipment

who possessed beauty without vanity
strength without insolence
courage without ferocity
and all the virtues of man without his vices
This praise which would be
unmeaning flattery
if inscribed over human ashes is but a just tribute to the memory of
Boatswain, a dog
who was born at Newfoundland, may 1803,
and died at Newstead Abbey,
November 18, 1808.

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  • 15.2 What is the Rainbow Bridge?

  • "The Rainbow Bridge" author unknown.

    There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of it's many colors.

    Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other. There is only one thing missing. They are not with the special person who loved them on earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches! The ears are up. The eyes are staring. And this one suddenly runs from the group. You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her into your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

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  • 15.3 I see CGC, WD, VN, OTCH, TD, TDI etc. a lot. What do they mean?

  • Here's a partial list:
    BOB best of breed
    BOS best of opposite sex
    BIS best in show
    BISS best in specialty show
    Ch confirmation champion
    OTCH obedience champion
    CD AKC companion dog (obedience) title?
    CDX companion dog excellent
    UD utility dog
    UDX utility dog excellent
    WD NCA water dog title OR winners dog (confirmation)-WB is winners bitch
    CGC AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate
    OFEL OFA cleared elbows
    OFCA OFA cleared cardiac
    CERF canine eye registration foundation- means eyes have been checked and cleared
    BOW best of winners- (winners dog and winner bitch compete for best of winners)
    RWD reserve winners dog and RWB- reserve winners bitch - if winners dog or bitch disqualified, they move up
    WRD NCA water rescue dog title
    DD NCA draft dog
    TDD NCA team draft dog
    DDX Canadian draft dog excellent
    TD AKC tracking dog
    TDX AKC tracking dog excellent
    VN versitile Newf- has a championship (Ch) companion dog (CD) water rescue dog (WRD) and draft dog (DD) titles
    TDI Therapy Dog International
    NA novice agility
    OA open agility
    AX agility excellent
    MX master agility

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  • 15.4 What kind of vacuum do Newf owners use and recommend?

  • I used to recommend the Fantom Thunder, but they have gone out of business. The current favorite among pet owners seems to be the Dyson Animal models. These are great machines, though a bit pricey retailing over $500 for the upright models.

    My wife has opted for a different strategy. We buy a "good" but "inexpensive" vaccuum and run it into the ground. When it fails after a year or two we buy another. We spend a lot of time pulling clogs out of them, so we look for models that come apart easily.

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  • 15.5 Wasn't the original Nana in Peter Pan a Newfoundland?

  • Yes indeed. Kudos for reading the story instead of watching it on TV!

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  • 15.6 What are dewclaws and why are they there?

  • This is a matter of some debate from time to time.

    Dewclaws are the 5th claw that some dogs have on their feet. They are typically higher up on the leg, and resemble a toe that doesn't belong there.

    The American Heritage Dictionary of Science says:

    	dewclaw, n. Zoology. 1 a
    	small, useless inner claw or toe in some dogs or other animals,
    	not reaching the ground in walking.
    Someone on the list brought up a good point. Watch a dog chew on a bone (or whatever). They typically lay with the bone on their front paws, manipulating the bone as they chew. Look carefully at where the bone rests. It often sits right where the dewclaw sits. The dog knows full well he has these claws, and he knows how to use them.

    Anyway, Some dogs have dewclaws and some don't. Some people have these dewclaws removed, and in fact, the AKC standard allows this in Newfoundlands. If in fact they use them, I think they should not be removed. Of course, that's my opinion.

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