Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Books
Posted April 17, 2013
Newfoundlands (or newfs/newfies, as they are lovingly called) are HUGE dogs, but they are gentile giants. Newfs are known for their incredibly sweet temperament. They are courageous, and are very protective of their "family". They bark only when they feel that there is a real threat; so not very often, if at all. When there is something wrong, they will corner the intruder but not bite. Newfs are not the biting kind.
What I love about Newfs is that they are so much fun to be around. They are big babies. Newfs move slowly and peacefully. They will lick and hug anyone they feel is safe; and they are super smart - smart enough to know the good from the bad. I am always amazed at how intelligent and obdient they are.
Remember though, these are big big dogs. While your house or apartment size doesn't really matter (they favor relaxing on a bed or couch anyway), you have to make sure that you either have a fenced-in backyard for them (it doesn't have to be huge) in which to run around; or, if you live in an urban environment, you must let them scoot around in dog parks at least once a day. They get fat easily and it can lead to heart disease, so they needs tons of excersise.
Another thing to remember is that these are snow dogs. Mine love snowstorms in New York. They just light up with joy and can't get enough of it. Really, they don't do very well in heat. If you are in a seasonal city like New York, keep tat AC blowing in the summer. If you live in a hot locale, it's best that you pass on newfies for a different breed.
Newfs require a ton of maintenance (but its worth it). They have a unique double layered coat. YOU MUST BRISH THEM AT LEAST ONCE A DAY! If they are dirty or smell, find dry shampoo at your pet store. Their hair is water-resistant so a shower won't do anything. Their undercoat sheds off twice a year, so be ready with a vacuum!
Newfs are really the best dog for families. They understand and love children, and, while they play a lot with them, they know how to be gentle with the little ones. My niece played with my newf at age two.They will not bark at them, or bite - most likely EVER.
* CHOCOLATE IS POISONUS TO ALL DOGS; and they *will* beg for it (oh how they will beg) Be strong and say no. It's for their own well being!
***AND I END WITH THIS IN ALL MY REVIEWS: NEVER GIVE A PET TYLENOL,
OR ANYTHING WITH ACETAMINOPHEN. THEY WILL BE IN PAIN, AND
THEN DIE ON THE SPOT!!!!