Are you a fan of majestic, loving, and loyal dogs? Then, you’re in for a treat because today we’ll be talking about National Newfoundland Dog Day!
This holiday is all about honoring the gentle giant breed and recognizing their unique traits that have made them a beloved household pet for centuries.
But did you know that the history of National Newfoundland Dog Day is as fascinating as these dogs themselves? There’s so much to learn and admire about these gentle giants.
Are you ready to dive into the world of Newfoundland dogs and celebrate their magnificence? Then, let’s get started!
When is National Newfoundland Dog Day?
Every year, we celebrate National Newfoundland Dog Day on March 25. The holiday was founded by Niki of the blog LoveNewfoundlands.
Niki has had Newfoundlands ever since she was in Kindergarten. Her first Newfoundland was Jenny, born on March 25th, 2000. It only made sense to Niki to dedicate the holiday to Jenny’s birthday, and we couldn’t agree more.
So each time you celebrate National Newfoundland Dog Day, don’t just celebrate your fur baby, and every other Newfoundland, but also keep Jenny in your thoughts.
How to Celebrate National Newfoundland Dog Day
There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Newfoundland Dog Day.
Give them a Spa Day
Newfs require regular grooming, so what better way to celebrate this holiday than to take them to the groomers?
You can have their coats trimmed, their nails clipped, and have a nice bath to top it off. Maybe even add a massage to make your Newf feel more special.
Bake them a Cake
A dog-friendly cake is always a great idea. You can order one from your neighborhood bakery, or try this Spoiled Dog Cake recipe from our friends at Love from the Oven.
Take them for a Swim
As established, Newfs are natural-born swimmers. They enjoy frolicking around the water.
You can take your Newf for a swim in your backyard pool, a nearby lake, or in the ocean. Wherever you prefer, make sure to bring plenty of water to keep your fur baby hydrated.
Learn more about the benefits of swimming for dogs.
Unique Gifts for Newfoundland Dog Lovers
Personalized Necklace by Mignon and Mignon
A personalized necklace is a great gift for anyone who owns a Newf – or any other pet, for that matter. You can customize this necklace with a photo of your Newf and their name.
Hapinest Make Your Own Homemade Dog Treats Kit
Make your own dog treats at home with this treats kit. It includes 2 dog bone cookie cutters, 1 heart-shaped cookie cutter, a rolling pin, and gift bags with tags so you can give your baked treats as gifts, too.
The pack also comes with three different recipes that are healthy and nutritious for your dog.
Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog
This book by Lynne Cox is an inspiring story of Al, a Newfoundland puppy who grows up to be an amazing rescue dog and a super athlete. It’s the perfect gift for any Newf owner.
Newfoundland – Key Holder & Dog Leash Hanger
This is a great gift for any Newf owner, or for yourself. It can hold up to 5 accessories – from keys, leashes, necklaces, and more.
More great gifts for Newf lovers:
- the dog is a home wine glass
- newfoundland sign
- best dog mom candles
- newfoundland cookie cutter
- newfoundland Christmas ornament.
Best Gifts for Newfoundland Dogs
Dog Ropes Toys Soccer Ball with Straps
Newfs love playing, so it only makes sense to give them a big toy to play with. This soccer ball with straps is an interactive dog toy sewn with nylon tabs.
The nylon tabs make it easier for your Newf to fetch, toss and tug on the toy.
Giant Tennis Ball
A giant tennis ball is a great way to keep your Newf entertained. It’s made from non-toxic, and non-abrasive felt that is safe for your dog’s teeth.
Gourmet Dog Cookies
A special occasion calls for a special treat. These gourmet cookies from Claudia’s Canine Bakery are made from 100% human-grade ingredients with no preservatives, fillers and animal by-products.
These are unique treats that your Newfoundland dog will surely enjoy.
Here are some more fun gifts for your Newf:
The History and Origins of the Newfoundland Dog Breed
Newfoundlands have a very interesting history. They were first developed in the region of Newfoundland, Canada. Hence the name.
They are believed to have descended from large mastiff-type dogs brought over by early settlers from Europe, and were bred with indigenous dogs from the area.
The breed was developed to assist fishermen with tasks such as pulling in nets, carrying lines, and rescuing people from the water.
According to history, Canadian fishermen heavily relied on Newfs. This incredible breed are born swimmers, and they can save fishermen from drowning. I guess you could say, Newfs were heroes even back in the day.
Over time, they became valued as loyal and affectionate companions as well as working dogs. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886.
While most Newfs are now household pets, they are still considered to be excellent water-rescue dogs. In fact, many Newfs are employed as water rescuers.
Check out these Newfoundlands doing their duty.
Characteristics of a Newfoundland
Newfs are strikingly large dogs, they’re heavy-boned, and they’re extremely powerful. But beneath the big, scary exterior, Newfs are gentle and sweet-tempered.
They are good companion dogs, and are considered to be ‘nanny dogs’ for children. These qualities make them great family dogs.
Physically, male Newfs can weigh up to 150 pounds, and female Newfs up to 100 to 120 pounds. Their usual colors come in black, black and white, brown and gray.
Newfs are also trusting and highly intelligent. They can be easily trained, and they respond well to positive reinforcement.
They have thick coats that require brushing at least once a week. Their thick coat also sheds twice a year.
Shedding for spayed and neutered Newfs are different, however. They shed regularly and should be brushed at least twice a week.
The Newfoundland as a Family Pet
Because of their loyalty, affection and patience, Newfs are excellent family pets. They’re good with other dogs and cats, young children, friendly to strangers, and they’re playful.
Newfs are also protective and given their size, they make great guard dogs. And they have the uncanny ability to adapt to any situation.
Learn why Newfoundlands are one of the best dogs for scared children, and why they’re also suitable pets even if you live in an apartment, despite their large size.
Taking Care of a Newfoundland
As with any other breed, however, you have to remember that owning a Newf is a responsibility.
Newfs require a lot of extra attention because of their physical traits. They require regular grooming, weekly coat brushing, and regular nail clippings.
Your Newfs also requires regular exercise, preferably at least half an hour each day so they can stay active and healthy.
Here are some activities your Newf will enjoy:
- playing catch
- or any outdoor activity.
Learn more about the best exercises for your dogs.
Health Conditions Newfoundland Dogs Are Prone To
Because of their heavy bodies, Newfs are prone to different health conditions too, such as:
- elbow dysplasia
- hip dysplasia
- cardiac disease
- ear infection.
Make sure that you have your Newfs ears regularly cleaned to avoid infection. Regular checkups for hip and elbow evaluation, cystinuria DNA tests, and cardiac exams are a must, too.
Don’t forget to make your Newf feel loved this holiday, and everyday.
Learn more about all the different pet holidays you can celebrate this year.