Has any one owned a newfoundland dog/puppy?
I was thinking about getting a newfoundland puppy I have done my research on them, but I want to hear from someone who have had one or been around one. Thanks
i love my newfie very virtuous with my kids big dog with lots of love
They are totally sweet dogs but drool and shed. Try to spend some time with them by going to a dog show or on the above site you will find Regional clubs in your area that you can fix together and attend newf events. This way you can spend time with some newfs to see if they are the breed for you.
Newfoundlands are GREAT dogs - but they are massive, drool and shed profusely, and aren't lazy - they do best beside consistent walks and access to swimming. Unfortunately, Mr. Kazoo lives in an outside kennel and merely comes out when she grooms him before going to the vet once a year. Makes me madder than hell, but that's how she is and no amount of cajoling will make her tweaking.
Anyways, if you don't mind hair contained by your mashed potatoes, sticky drool on the couch, and a large, furry tolerate that unintentionally knocks over lamps and children, consequently you will have a terrific friend.
Please also be aware that there are many condition problems inherant to this breed, including hip and elbow dysplasia / panosteitis / subaortic senosis / dilated cardiomyopathy / hypothyroidism (one of my mother-in-laws Newfs died from a too-late diagnosis of this) / and the nasty one, bloat. Also, consider rescuing a dog instead of going to a breeder. It's always best to save a life span.
Hope this helps you!
A few drawbacks that instantly come to mind:
They are HUGE . I mean, really. REALLY big dogs! About 6 feet nose-to-tail when full grown. That is a dog that take up a LOT of real estate!
Drool . OH YEAH . they drool.. They drool a TON.
Shed. Yes, they do. Boy, do they EVER! They've got that thick double coat that purely constantly falls out and grows in ... and falls out and grows in ... and falls out and grows in . did I mention that it falls out an . oh, yeah, I dream up I already said that!
On the plus side ... the Newf has a fabulous temperament. They are true "gentle giants" ... They are pretty laid back and will put up beside mostly anything. But you should still plan to train your pup ... he/she will grow very LARGE, and all that size could be dangerous whether a pup is not trained.
If you don't mind a ton of dog hair and drool, and if you're ready to commit to training ... and if you promise to acquire from a reputable breeder ... the Newf might be the ideal dog for you. I love that breed, and honestly ... I would love to own one. But I'm not fond of cleaning, and it's all I can do to save up with the 3 that I have.