Should You Buy a Newfoundland?
If you are looking for a family dog that will devote himself to keeping
your children from getting into trouble, you may want to buy a Newfoundland.
These massive family dogs have an innate desire to rescue people who are
in danger and have an incredibly sweet and gentle nature. However, before
you buy a Newfoundland puppy, you should consider whether you can care
for such a large dog.
The Newfoundland is a large, solid dog, weighing in at 100 to 150 pounds.
These gentle giants stand 26 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder. A Newfoundland
is known for its waterproof double coat, which comes in black, brown, gray,
or black and white. Most dogs have deep chocolate brown eyes, but a few
have light brown eyes, instead.
The American Kennel Club considers Newfoundlands to be part of the Working
Group. These dogs excel in rescue situations and were often owned by lighthouse
keepers. Their thick, water repellant double coat and large size combine
to make them the ideal dog breed to help with sea rescues.
The sheer size of the Newfoundland makes it a bad choice for apartments
or homes with small rooms. However, these dogs are not high strung and
do not need excessive amounts of exercise. A fenced yard is usually sufficient.
Of course, they still enjoy taking a leisurely evening stroll with their
A Newfoundland must have an excellent temperament to be considered a
representative of the breed. Because of their enormous size, these dogs
do need to be trained not to jump up as puppies so they do not bowl children
over. However, they seem to have an instinctive understanding of how fragile
small children and animals are and usually are very careful to avoid injuring
them. Newfoundlands will sit regally surveying the world around them, until
a child or another dog wants to play. Then, they will happily loose all
dignity to romp with their friends.
Because they are so large, Newfoundlands should receive obedience
training as puppies. Even though they enjoy pleasing their owners,
their sheer size and strength can make training a six month old Newfoundland
challenging. Since these dogs
enjoy learning and socializing with the other puppies in the class,
puppy obedience should be an enjoyable experience.
dogs enjoy learningAny
dog weighing in at over 100 pounds eats a lot so be prepared for an increase
in your grocery bill if you buy a Newfoundland. Be sure to talk to your
veterinarian about your puppy's
nutritional needs, as these big dogs will need the right pet
vitamins and other nutrients to develop strong bones.
Despite the breed's long hair, grooming
a Newfoundlandis not too time consuming. The coarse hair of the top
coat does not mat easily. As long as you can put aside time at least once
a week to brush your
dog, you should be able to keep his coat looking great. You should
also plan to check his nails at least once a month to be sure they do not
need to be trimmed.
If you can't imagine having a dog the size of a small pony, than a Newfoundland
may not be the right breed for you. However, if you don't mind the large
size of this breed, you will have a loyal and devoted companion for many
years to come.