Are you sure? ...
Owning a Newfoundland can be a life-changing step so make sure you have considered questions such as the following:
- Do you have the time to raise a Newfoundland puppy correctly so it is well adjusted, sociable, confident with people and with other dogs?
If you work full time and there isn't anyone at home to take care the dog DO NOT buy a puppy (of any breed). Newfoundland puppies have to be fed three to four times a day since they have a huge amount of growing to do and need to relieve themselves every 2-4 hours depending on their age.
- Do you have the time to exercise a dog every day in all weathers?
Adult Newfoundlands need a fair amount of natural exercise in a secure area. Accessibility to a swimming pool or safe pond/lake is a preferred activity for many.
- Do you have the space (indoors and out) for a dog that will grow into a giant weighing 100 to 150 pounds?
Forget coffee tables and knick-knacks on them - a Newfoundland is like a bull in a China shop.
- Do you have the time to groom your dog thoroughly and regularly?
Newfoundlands have huge dense double coats which will quickly become matted without constant brushing and combing.
- Are you house-proud?
If you are fastidious about cleanliness DO NOT buy a Newfoundland!! Their oily coats mark the walls and furniture, their huge muddy paws will play havoc with your carpets, and they positively enjoy shaking when wet. They also slobber! A Newfoundland is a four-legged disaster if you want a sparkling, sweet smelling home!
- Can you afford a larger car or van?
Newfoundland owners often drive vans or SUV's. It's not practical to fit a Newfie into a mini!!
- Do you like to be warm in winter with your central heating up high?
Forget it! Welcome to the world of open windows and doors all year round. Newfoundlands hate the heat and are happy in cold conditions. Sitting in snow drifts or swimming in a cold lake or sea is normal for a Newfie and a walk in a blizzard is the greatest fun as far as they are concerned!
- Do you have very young children at the toddler stage?
If so, it may be better to wait a while. Although Newfoundlands generally adore children, a huge and heavy dog can be overpowering for a young child.
The Newfie bug
If you have answered all of the above questions honestly and still feel a Newfoundland is the only dog for you then there is probably no escape ... you have been bitten by the Newfie bug!
Newfoundlands are known to be addictive and you will probably end up with more than one!