Toilettage terre-neuve - Grooming Newfs - Elevage Fertilecreek eleveur terre-neuve noir et noir/blanc, newfoundland dog

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Toilettage terre-neuve - Grooming Newfs

Le terre-neuve / The newfoundland

What you need:

- shampoo- conditioner - dry towels - blower-dryer - grooming table - cotton-wool for cleaning ears - nails cutter - metal comb - pin-brush, soft - stright scissors
- thinning scissors (with one blade with cutting teeth) n°46
- dematting comb (we will use it for another purpose)

Before grooming dog MUST be bathed, toroughly dryed and combed.


Show dogs must be bathed a day before every show and in period between shows any 15-20 days black dogs and any 10-15 days black&white dogs. Frequently bathing take away oil from coat, so cosmetics we use must be of especialy good quality. Prepare deluited in water shampoo and conditioner, dry towels. Put dog to the bath and wet him acurately with warm (!!!) water. After put preparated before shampoo and massage it into the coat. Put it on the muzzle too, between eyes and under the ears. Be vigilant around these part of bodyl! Next rinse all shampoo acurately. If coat is very dirty you can repeat operation. After this apply conditioner, wait some minutes and rince. If you show your dog day after rince all conditioner, if not you can leave a bit on the coat.
Wait when most part of water goes away and dry dog with towels and put it on the grooming table.


Use a blower-dryer to dry the coat of your Newfie. It's powerful and blows cold air. Start to blow out all water from the coat, be careful around eyes, nose and ears. Next start to dry (always downwards the coat). At first back (upper part of the neck, back and croup). If your dog have a bit waving coat you can brush and dry coat, but be careful and don't scratch the skin. Next lower part of the neck and left flank, after this belly,right flank, forequarters, backquarters and tail. Coat between toes dry upwards. At last dry coat on the head (upwards coat on the cranium). When dog is completely dry you can start to brush and comb it.

Brushing and combing:

Start with brushing of all coat and next comb it toroughly. I don't tell about dogs with mats hope show dogs have them never!!! Start combing from down parts of the hindquarters lift the hair upwards with one hand, and comb the hair below your hand down to the skin proceed in direction of the tail. Next the second legg, between leggs (carefuly!) and tail from tip to tail set. Next back from croup to the neck and flanks from belly to back. Remember to comb acurately under armpit. Later forequarters, neck, under and behind ears and head. Now cut the nails and clean the ears.





You can start to groom your dog when is completely dry, next day is perfect for exemple. If it will be your first time, don't do it before show. Wrong groomed coat need a few time to grow. Rule the n° 1 - better to cut less, than to much! Good quality sissors are very important. Remember to comb acurately coat before grooming
Newoufundland, must have medium lenght of coat, without over-long and wispy bits of hairs. Groomed dog MUST still have natural appearance, be careful and don't do visible tracks of cuts!


Start from paws of forequarters. First under the paw, cut hair that grows between the pads.

before                                      after

Lift the hair between the toes combing upwards and cut using stright scissors doing nice round foot, but don't cut to much. Nails don't be visible. However if you cut here too much - don't worry, hairs grow quickly on the feet. On the rear part of foot hairs must touch the ground and with gentle curve to pass upward.



Cut in the same manner hairs on the feet of hindquarters.

Change scisors to thinning and from now use only them and the comb. Cut only in direction of hairs, never upwards - comb the hairs in the part you working and cut, comb and cut. In this way cut coat on the whole body of your dog.


At first slightly equalize feathering. First on the back part of legg, next outside and inside. Inside cut more if dog has narrow chest, but don't exaggerate!

Front legg must be ideal prolong of shoulder and upper arm. No over-long hairs - especially on the elbows! Trimm all indesiderable tips of hair on the shoulders and upper arms, too, to make "clean" lines.

Same rule like with foreleggs, look from behind and trimm hairs downword from croup to feet. Inside cut more if dog moves close behind, less if moves right.

Looking from the side evidence angulations, cutting excess hairs under knee and hock. Because Newfoundland must have short heels trimm hairs starting from the hocks downward in angle of 45°, and lower part vertically to the ground (look picture below).



Hairs on the chest grow often to long and need to be quite a lot trimmed. Especialy on the throat trimm acurately. If hairs below breast-bone are very long it makes ilussion of short foreleggs, so trimm too long hairs making soft curve. Trimm excess of coat on the sides downward from ears to the breast, too.


Start from the back going to front, first left flank, next right flank. Trimm hairs on the belly and breast starting from hindquarters untill armpit. Don't cut to much making impression of too long leggs or too less (short leggs).

Take up forelegg and trimm under armpit connecting line of chest with underline. Repeat it with second forelegg.

Now imagine body of your dog in breadth section. Shape of underline must be rounded to flanks, is insufficient to trimm only underline.

before                                   after                             not like this !

Trimm more behind armpits, if you will not do it in movement here will be visible over-long hair.


Sometimes it doesn't need any corrections and sometimes hairs on the neck and croup is very thick so it seems dog has mane and is to high in the croup. Here don't use scissors but demating comb to eliminate excess of undercoat.

before                                      after

before                       after


Trimming a tail is not always necessary , only if it has form of flag.


Start from the ears. Trimm hairs untill they don't project past the edge of ear combing always downward. Tip of the ears must be rounded not pointed.

Now under the ear. Trimm all greasy hair grows under the ear, trimm hair grows on the cheek and where ear is setted.

Often behind of ears grows soft over-long hair that damage shape of head. Trimm it downward from earset.

Now hair on the cranium. Comb it upward and trimm to obtain rounded shape.


Stand the dog on the ground and ask somebody to show it in the movement. You at once will see all parts that needs corrections.
Show dogs need to be trimmed one time any 2-3 weeks

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