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ARE NOT THE PERFECT BREED FOR EVERYONE. As
a breed, they have a few characteristics that some people
find charming, but that some people find mildly unpleasant,
and some people find downright intolerable.
BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO THE BREED
"CHIEFLY" BY ITS APPEARANCE. The
appearance of the Newfoundlands you have seen in the
show ring is the product of many hours of bathing and
grooming. The natural look of the Newfie is that of
a large, shaggy farm dog, usually with some dirt and
weeds clinging to his tousled coat. The true beauty
of the Newf lies in his character, not in his appearance.
BUY A NEWF IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO SHARE YOUR HOUSE
AND YOUR LIFE WITH YOUR DOG. Newfies were bred
to share in the work of the family and to spend most
of their waking hours working with the family. They
thrive on companionship and they want to be wherever
you are. They are happiest living with you in your house
and going with you when you go out. A puppy exiled from
the house is likely to grow up to be unsociable, unruly,
BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU DON'T INTEND TO EDUCATE (TRAIN)
YOUR DOG. Basic obedience and household rules
training is NOT optional for the Newf. You must commit
yourself to attending an 8 to 10 week series of weekly
lessons at a local obedience club or with a professional
trainer, and to doing one or two short (5 to 20 minutes)
homework sessions per day. Your cute, sweet little Newf
puppy will grow up to be a large, powerful dog. If he
has grown up respecting you and your rules, then all
his physical and mental strength will work for you.
BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU LACK LEADERSHIP (SELF-ASSERTIVE)
PERSONALITY. Dogs do not believe in social
equality. They live in a social hierarchy led by a pack-leader
(Alpha). Like the untrained dog, the pack-leader dog
makes his own rules and enforces them against other
members of the household by means of a dominant physical
posture and a hard-eyed stare, followed by a snarl,
then a knockdown blow or a bite. Leadership and training
are inextricably intertwined: leadership personality
enables you to train your dog, and being trained by
you reinforces your dog's perception of you as the alpha.
BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU DON'T VALUE LAID-BACK COMPANIONSHIP
AND CALM AFFECTION. A Newf becomes deeply attached
and devoted to his own family, but he doesn't "wear
his heart on his sleeve." Some are noticeably reserved,
others are more outgoing, but few adults are usually
exuberantly demonstrative in their affections. As puppies,
of course, they will be more dependent, more playful,
and more demonstrative. In summary, Newfs tend to be
sober and thoughtful, rather than giddy clowns or sycophants.
BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU ARE FASTIDIOUS ABOUT YOUR HOME.
The Newfoundland's thick shaggy coat and his love of
playing in water and mud combine to make him a highly
efficient transporter of dirt into your home, depositing
the same on your floors and rugs and possibly also on
your furniture and clothes. Newfoundlands are seasonal
shedders, and in spring can easily fill a trash bag
with balls of hair from a grooming session.
BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU FIND DROOL TOTALLY REPELLANT.
Most Newfie owners begin with some degree of
distaste for drool, but as this is an integral part
of the Newf, this dislike usually progresses to some
level of nonchalance. Newfie's drool because of their
jaw and mouth structure, which allows them to breath
while performing water rescue. This is a quality inherent
in the breed.
BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU DISLIKE DOING REGULAR GROOMING.
The thick shaggy Newfoundland coat demands regular grooming,
not merely to look tolerably nice, but also to preserve
the health of skin underneath. For "pet" grooming,
you should expect to spend 10-15 minutes a day
BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU DISLIKE DAILY EXERCISE.
Newfs need exercise to maintain the health of heart
and lungs, and to maintain muscle tone. Because of his
mellow, laid-back, disposition, your Newfie will not
give himself enough exercise unless you accompany him
or play with him.
BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU BELIEVE THAT DOGS SHOULD RUN "FREE."
Whether you live in town or country, no dog can safely
be left to run "free" outside your fenced
property and without your direct supervision and control.
The price of such "freedom" is inevitably
injury or death: from dogfights, from automobiles, from
the Pound or from justifiably irate neighbors.
BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY, FEED,
AND PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR ONE. Newfoundlands
are not a cheap breed to buy, as running a careful breeding
program with due regard for temperament, trainability,
and physical soundness (hips especially) cannot be done
cheaply. Whatever the initial cost of your Newfoundland,
the upkeep will not be cheap. Being large dogs, Newfs
eat relatively large meals. Large dogs tend to have
larger veterinary bills, as the amount of anesthesia
and of most medications is proportional to body weight.
BUY A NEWFIE IF YOU WANT THE "LATEST, GREATEST
FEROCIOUS KILLER ATTACK DOG." The Newfoundland's
famous disposition as the "Gentle Giant" is
not a fable. A Newf with the typical disposition of
the breed would prefer to slobber a criminal than attack
BUY A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO COMMIT
YOURSELF FOR THE DOG'S ENTIRE LIFETIME. No
dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want
to move to a no-pet apartment, or because he is no longer
a cute puppy. The life span of a Newfoundland is about
10 years. If that seems too long a time for you to give
unequivocal loyalty to your Newfoundland, then please
do not get one.
If all the preceding "bad news" about Newfies
hasn't turned you away from the breed, then by all means
DO GET A NEWF! They are every bit as wonderful as you
have heard! If buying a puppy, be sure to shop carefully
for a *responsible* and *knowledgeable* breeder who
places high priority on breeding for sound temperament
and trainability, and good health in all matings. Such
a breeder will interrogate and educate potential buyers
carefully. Such a breeder will continue to be available
for advice and consultation for the rest of the dog's
life and will insist on receiving the dog back if ever
you are unable to keep it. You will find that most Newfoundland
breeders are small kennels. Most produce 1-2 litters
a year, and often have awaiting list of puppy buyers.