För och nackdelar med newfoundlandshunden

Den här sidan samlar vi all rasinformation på, tänkvärda saker såväl som rasstandarden mm.
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Behöver vi spalta upp för och nackdelar med rasen egentligen?
Ja jag tror tyvärr det, alltför ofta på senare år får vi uppfödare tillbaka hundar på grund av alla möjliga kanske väl så relevanta orsaker. Men som ändå visar att köparen trots all information ändå inte har tänkt igenom sitt val av hund.  Den dreglar, den fäller hår, barnen har blivit allergiska, ja jag blir sååå trött ibland. När man ser den gulliga valpen eller fina vuxna hunden så hör man helt enkelt inte alla varningens ord.
Är du intresserad av en newfoundland? Seriösa köpare/fodervärdar välkomnas med värme av oss uppfödare, men snälla om du inte haft rasen och är sugen, tänk en gång extra innan du tar steget. Ibland är det mer sport än nöje att ha en newfoundland, i synnerhet när man har småbarn och andra krav omkring sig. Att skaffa hund är ett näst intill lika stort ansvar som att skaffa barn och man placerar inte om sina barn om man tycker de är jobbiga.  Det ÄR jobbigt att ha hund, jättejobbigt i perioder, men vi som fastnat tycker att fördelarna väger upp nackdelarna med råge.

Här nedan finner du de för- och nackdelar som jag funderat över, kommer du på fler så hör gärna av dig.

Fördelar:

* Härligt temperament
* Livräddare
* Sagolikt vacker
* Barnvänlig och klok
* Lättfostrad
* Stor och stark
* Älskar vatten, är en utmärkt simmare
* Underbar päls
* Humoristisk
* Utmärkt draghund
* Suverän spårhund
* Kan användas till både lydnad och bruks mm.
* Behöver inte extremt mycket motion
* Trogen
* Ingen jaktinstinkt
* Förhållandevis låga foderkostnader
* Väcker uppmärksamhet vart man än kommer
* Har relativt få rasspecifika sjukdomar jämfört med andra storvuxna raser

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Nackdelar:

* Älskar vatten.
* Temperamentet, kärvänlig och glad även efter ett dopp i kärret.
* Stor och stark.
* Stor och hårig svans som sopar av ett dukat bord med en enda viftning.
* Lång päls som drar åt sig väta i alla former.
* Lång päls som drar in allehanda naturmaterial i huset. (stora mängder)
* Lång päls som måste skötas med borstningar och bad.
* Fäller mycket päls.
* En del dreglar kopiöst.
* En del har faktiskt jaktinstinkt.
* Behöver trots allt en del motion.
* Humoristiska
* Envisa
* Älskar vatten i alla former. (tål att upprepas)
* Fäller kraftigt i perioder. (tål också att upprepas)
* Dyr i drift, behöver mycket mer av allting än en mindre hund.
* Höga foderkostnader
* Väcker stor uppmärksamhet vart man än kommer.
* Drabbas ibland av sjukdomar som är vanliga på stora raser.

Har du inte blivit avskräckt av detta så blir du garanterat varmt välkomnad hos alla seriösa uppfödare :o)

Som sagt newfoundlands älskar som regel vatten!!

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STANDARD FÖR NEWFOUNDLANDSHUND FCI nr 50
ORGINALSTANDARD: 1996-10-29
FCI-STANDARD: 1996-11-06;
SKK:s STANDARDKOMMITTÉ: 1997-11-25
URSPRUNGSLAND: Kanada
HEMLAND F.C. I. (patronage)

ANVÄNDNINGSOMRÅDE:
Draghund för tung last, vattenhund och sällskapshund
FCI-KLASSIFIKATION – Grupp 2, sektion 2.2
BAKGRUND/ÄNDAMÅL
Newfoundlandshunden sägs härstamma från infödda hundar och en stor svart
björnhund som kom med vikingarna till ön Newfoundland någon gång efter 1100-talet. Sedermera kom europeiska fiskare till ön och med en mängd olika hundraser. Dessa hundar blev en del i skapandet av newfoundlandshunden utseende redan etablerad liksom dess karakteristiska arbetssätt. Det var dess egenskaper som gjorde att rasen kunde motstå det extremt stränga klimatet, där hundarna arbetade ömsom som draghundar för tunga laster och ömsom som livräddare i det hårda vattnet runt ön.

HELHETSINTRYCK:
Newfoundlandshunden skall vara massiv med kraftfull kropp, välmusklad och ha väl koordinerade rörelser.

VIKTIGA MÅTTFÖRHÅLLANDEN:
Längden på kroppen, mätt från nedre skulderbladsspetsen till höftbensknölen skall vara större än avståndet från manken till marken. Kroppen skall vara kompakt. Tikar får ha något längre kropp och vara mindre massiv än hanhundar. Avståndet från manken till bröstkorgens nedersta del skall vara aningen större än avståndet från bröstkorgens nedersta del till marken.

UPPFÖRANDE/ KARAKTÄR:
Newfoundlandshundens uttryck förmedlar mildhet och godmodighet. Rasen skall visa värdig glädje och kreativitet och är känd för sin gedigna vänlighet och fridsamhet.

HUVUD:
Huvudet skall vara massivt. Hos tik skall huvudet ha samma helhet och struktur som hos hanhund men vara mindre massivt.
Skallparti: Skallen skall vara bred men aningen välvd hjässa och kraftigt utvecklat bakhuvud.
Stop: Stopet skall vara tydligt men aldrig brant.
Nostryffel: Nostryffeln skall vara stor, välpigmenterad och med välutvecklade näsborrar. Färgen skall vara svart hos svarta och vit/svarta hundar och brun hos bruna hundar.
Nosparti: Nospartiet skall vara avgjordt kvadratiskt, djup och måttligt kort. Huden skall vara fri från rynkor.
Läppar: Mungiporna skall vara tydliga men inte överdrivet markerade.
Käkar/tänder: Sax- eller tångbett.
Kinder: Kinderna skall vara mjukt framträdande.
Ögon: Ögonen skall vara förhållandevis små och aningen djupt liggande. De skall vara brett ansatta och blinkhinnan får inte synas. Ögonfärgen skall vara mörkt brun hos svarta och vit/svarta hundar, ljusare färgnyanser är tillåtet hos bruna hundar.
Öron: Öronen skall vara förhållandevis små, trekantigt formade med rundade öronspetsar. De skall vara ansatta långt bak på huvudet och tätt liggande mot huvudets sidor. När man för fram örat på en fullvuxen hund skall örat nå till samma sidas inre ögonvrå.

HALS:
Halsen skall vara kraftig, muskulös och väl ansatt i skulderpartiet. Den skall vara tillräckligt lång för att medge att huvudet hålls värdigt. Struphuden skall inte bilda överdrivna hakpåsar.

KROPP:
Benstommen skall genomgående vara massiv. Sedd från sidan skall kroppen vara djup och kraftfull.
Överlinje: Rygglinjen skall vara plan och stram från manken till korset.
Rygg: Ryggen skall vara bred.
Ländparti: Ländpartiet skall vara kraftfullt och väl musklat.
Kors: Korset skall vara brett och slutta med en vinkel om ca 30 grader.
Bröstkorg: Bröstkorgen skall vara bred, rymlig och djup med välutvecklade revben.
Underlinje: Underlinjen skall vara plan och aldrig uppdragen.
Svans: Svansen används som roder när newfoundlandshunden simmar, därför skall den vara kraftig och bred över roten. När hunden
står still skall svansen hänga ner med möjligen en liten böj i svansspetsen. Svansen skall nå ner till hasleden eller aningen nedanför
den. När hunden är i rörelse eller upplivad skall svansen bäras rakt ut med endast en lätt uppgående böjning. Svansen får aldrig bäras
ringlad över ryggen eller vara inböjd mellan benen.

EXTREMITETER

FRAMSTÄLL:
Frambenen skall vara raka och parallella. De skall vara parallella även under skritt och långsamt trav.
Skulderblad: Skuldrorna skall vara väl musklade och väl tillbakalagda.
Armbåge: Armbågen skall ligga tätt an mot bröstkorgen.
Mellanhand: Mellanhänderna skall vara svagt vinklade.
Tassar: Framtassarna skall vara stora och i proportion till kroppen. De skall vara väl rundade, hårda och med fasta, kompakta tår.
Simhud mellan tårna skall finnas.

BAKSTÄLL:
Bakställets konstruktion är av största betydelse emedan newfoundlandshunden skall kunna dra tung last, simma och röra sig effektivt
och täcka mycket mark. Bäckenet skall vara kraftigt, brett och långt.
Lår: Låren skall vara breda och muskulösa.
Knäled: Knälederna skall vara väl vinklade men inte så mycket att hunden ger intryck av att krypa.
Underben: Underbenen skall vara kraftiga och tämligen långa.
Mellanfot: De ska vara tämligen korta, väl vinklade mot underbenet, brett och parallellt ställda, varken inåt eller utvridna.
Sporrar skall avlägsnas.
Tassar: Baktassarna skall vara fasta och hårda.

RÖRELSER:
Typiska rörelser för rasen medger god räckvidd i framstället och stark drivkraft i bakstället, vilket ger intryck av kraft utan ansträngning. Svag rullning i ryggen är typiskt. När hastigheten ökar förs benen in mot kroppens mittlinje (singletracking) medan rygglinjen skall förbli plan.

PÄLS:
Pälsen skall vara vattenavstötande och s.k. dubbelpäls. Täckhåret skall vara medellångt och rakt utan krusning. En svag vågighet är tillåten. Underullen skall vara mjuk och tät. Den skall vara tätare under vintern än sommaren och till viss del alltid förekomma på bröstkorgen och korset. Pälsen på huvudet, nospartiet och öronen skall vara kort och fin. Fram- och bakbenen har fanor. Svansen skall vara fullständigt täckt med lång, tät päls som dock inte bildar fana. Trimning och klippning skall inte uppmuntras.
Färg: Pälsfärgen skall vara svart, vit och svart eller brun.
Svart: Rasens traditionella färg är svart. Den skall vara så jämnt svart som möjligt men en svag anstrykning av solbränt är tillåtet. Vita tecken på bröstet, tårna och/eller på svanstippen är tillåtet.
Vit och svart: Den här färgvarianten har historisk betydelse för rasen. Den färgteckning som föredras skall ha svart huvud med helst en vit bläs som når ner över nospartiet, jämt tecknad svart sadel med svart på korset och svansens ovansida. Övriga delar skall vara vita, ett minimum av svarta, små pigmentprickar kan få förekomma.
Brun: Den bruna färgen kan vara från chokladbrun till brons. Vita tecken på bröstet, tårna och/eller på svanstippen är tillåtet.

STORLEK/VIKT:

Mankhöjden: För hanhund i genomsnitt 71 cm. För tik i genomsnitt 66 cm
Vikt: För hanhund i genomsnitt 68 kg. För tik i genomsnitt 54 kg.
Stora hundar är önskvärda men skall inte favoriseras på bekostnad av symmetri, allmän sundhet, stark konstruktion och korrekta rörelser.

FEL:
Varje avvikelse från standarden är fel och skall bedömas till graden av avvikelse.
– Högställdhet eller brist på substans i kroppen
– Kroppskonstruktion som är antingen tung och trög eller finlemmad
– Skygghet
– Snipigt eller långt nosparti
– Överdrivet tunga läppar
– Ögon som är antingen runda, utstående, gula eller med tydligt lösa ögonkanter
– Rygg som är karp, svank eller svajig
– Framställ: svaga handleder, spretiga tår, in- eller uttåad, avsaknad av simhud mellan tårna
– Bakställ: raka knäleder, kohasighet, utvridna knän, intåade tassar
– Svans som är antingen kort, lång, har knyck eller är ringlad i spets
– Rörelse: trippande, hasande, krabbande, tåtrånga, vevande, framtassar som korsar över varandra eller är kraftigt in- eller uttåande, hackney- eller passgång
– Päls som är fullständigt ”öppen”.
– Otillräckligt med underull

DISKVALIFICERANDE FEL
– Överbett, underbett, sned käke
– Kort och platt liggande päls
– Färgteckning annan än vit hos svart och brun hund
– All annan pälsfärg än den standarden föreskriver

TESTIKLAR:
Hos hanhund måste båda testiklarna vara fullt utvecklade och normalt belägna i pungen.

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Lite text på engelska, tyvärr har jag inte orkat översätta den till svenska än, men det kanske blir tid till det så småningom.  Hur som helst är den väldigt tänkvärd.  Funderar du på en newfoundland, läs texten och tänk igenom ditt val av ras en extra gång.  Är du fortfarande vild & galen efter en newf så önskar jag: LYCKA TILL OCH VÄLKOMMEN I GÄNGET😉

This article has been adapted from: DON’T BUY A BOUVIER! by Pam Green (c.1992) (This article, written many years ago,
has become a notorious classic in Bouvier circles. It has been reprinted many times by clubs to use for the education of prospective
Bouvier owners. She gives her permission freely to all who wish to reprint and distribute it in hopes of saving innocent dogs from
neglect and abandonment by those who should never have acquired them in the first place.

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Interested in buying a Newf? You must be or you wouldn’t be reading this. You’ve already heard how marvelous Newfies are.
Well, I think you should also hear, before it’s too late, that
NEWFOUNDLANDS 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. There are different breeds for different needs. There are over 200 breeds of dogs in the world. Maybe you’d be better off with some other breed. Maybe you’d be better off with a cat. Maybe you’d be better off with goldfish, a parakeet, a hamster, or some houseplants.

 


DON’T 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. This carefully constructed beauty is fleeting: a few minutes of freedom, romping through the fields or strolling in the rain restores the natural look. 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. Some of the long-coated and most of the short-coated breeds’ appearances are less dependent on grooming than is that of the Newfie. (See also the section on grooming below.)

 

 


DON’T 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 (fishing, pulling carts, etc.) 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. While they usually tolerate being left at home by themselves (preferably with a dog-door giving access to the fenced yard), they should not be relegated to the backyard or kennel. A puppy exiled from the house is likely to grow up to be unsociable, unruly, and unhappy. He may well develop pastimes, such as digging or barking that will displease you and/or your neighbors. An adult so exiled will be miserable too. If you don’t strongly prefer to have your dog’s companionship as much as possible, enjoying having him sleep in your bedroom at night and sharing many of your activities by day, you should choose a breed less oriented to human companionship. Likewise if your job or other obligations prevent you from spending much time with your dog. No dog is really happy without companionship, but the pack hounds for example, are more tolerant of being kenneled or yarded so long as it is in groups of 2 or more. A better choice would be a cat, as they are solitary by nature.

 

 


DON’T 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. As an absolute minimum, you must teach him to reliably respond to commands to come, to lie down, to stay, and to walk at your side, on or off leash and regardless of temptations. You must also teach him to respect your household rules: e.g. is he allowed to get on the furniture? Is he allowed to beg at the table? What you allow or forbid is unimportant, but it is *critical* that you, not the dog, make these choices and that you enforce your rules consistently. 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. As commands are learned, they must be integrated into your daily life by being used whenever appropriate, and enforced consistently. Young Newfie puppies are relatively easy to train: they are eager to please, intelligent, and calm-natured, with a relatively good attention span. Once a Newfie has learned something, he tends to retain it well. 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. But if he has grown up without rules and guidance from you, surely he will make his own rules, and his physical and mental powers will often act in opposition to your needs and desires. For example: he may tow you down the street as if competing in a sled-dog race; he may grab food off the table.This training cannot be delegated to someone else, e.g. by sending the dog away to ”boarding school,” because the relationship of respect and obedience is personal between the dog and the individual who does the training. While you definitely may want the help of an experienced trainer to teach you how to train your dog, you yourself must actually train your Newf. As each lesson is well learned, then the rest of the household (except young children) must also work with the dog, insisting he obey them as well.Many of the Newfs that are rescued from Pounds and Shelters show clearly that they have received little or no basic training, neither in obedience nor in household deportment; yet these same dogs respond well to such training by the rescuer or the adopter. It seems likely that a failure to train the dog is a significant cause of Newf abandonment.

 

If you don’t intend to educate your dog, preferably during puppyhood, you would be better off with a breed that is both small and socially submissive.

 

 


DON’T 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). The alpha dog is generally benevolent, affectionate, and non-bullying towards his subordinates; but there is never any doubt in his mind or in theirs that the alpha is the boss and makes the rules. Whatever the breed, if you do not assume the leadership, the dog will do so sooner or later and with more or less unpleasant consequences for the abdicating owner. 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. Breeds differ in tendencies towards social dominance; and individuals within a breed differ considerably. You do not have to have the personality or mannerisms of a Marine boot camp Sergeant, but you do have to have the calm, quiet self-assurance and self-assertion of the successful parent (”Because I’m your mother, that’s why.”) or successful grade-school teacher. If you think you might have difficulty asserting yourself calmly and confidently to exercise leadership, then choose a breed known for its socially subordinate disposition, such as a Golden Retriever or a Shetland Sheepdog, AND be sure to ask the breeder to select one of the more submissive pups in the litter for you. If the whole idea of ”being the boss” frightens or repels you, don’t get a dog at all. Cats don’t expect leadership. A caged bird or hamster, or fish doesn’t need leadership or household rules.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.

 


DON’T 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. They like to be near you, usually in the same room, preferably on a comfortable pad or cushion in a corner or under a table, just ”keeping you company.” They enjoy conversation, petting and cuddling when you offer it, but they are moderate and not overbearing in coming to you to demand much attention. They are emotionally sensitive to their favorite people: when you are joyful, proud, angry, or grief-stricken, your Newf will immediately perceive it and will believe himself to be the cause. The relationship can be one of great mellows, depth and subtlety; it is a relation on an adult-to-adult level, although certainly not one devoid of playfulness. 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.


DON’T 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. One Newf coming in from a few minutes outdoors on a rainy day can turn an immaculate house into an instant hog wallow. His full chest soaks up water every time he takes a drink, then releases the same dribble across your floor or soppingly into your lap.Newfoundlands are seasonal shedders, and in spring can easily fill a trash bag with balls of hair from a grooming session, or clog a vacuum cleaner if left to shed in the house. I don’t mean to imply that you must be a slob, or slouch to live happily with a Newf, but you do have to have the attitude that your dog’s company means more to you than does neatness. You do have to be comfortable with a less than immaculate house.While all dogs, like all children, create a greater or lesser degree of household mess, almost all other breeds of dog are less troublesome than the Newfie in this respect. The Basenji is perhaps the cleanest, due to its cat-like habits; but cats are cleaner yet, and goldfish hardly ever mess up the house.

 

 

 


DON’T 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. A sure sign of a Newf addict is that not only do they not understand other people’s squeamishness for this substance, they spend many hours trying to come up with useful purposes for the gallons of drool that can be produced on a regular basis. Some say that the world record ”drool toss” from an adult Newf is over 20 feet! This makes your walls and ceilings well within reach of even an average drooler. 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.If you cannot get used to the idea of drool in your house, then try one of the many breeds of dogs that do not drool. Newfs are definitely not in this category. Although I have heard of cats that drool, the quantity is not remotely comparable, and hamsters don’t drool at all.

 


DON’T 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 and to detect and remove foxtails, ticks, and other dangerous invaders. For ”pet” grooming, you should expect to spend 10-15 minutes a day (e.g. while listening to music or watching television) on alternate days or half an hour twice a week. Of course any time your Newf gets into cockleburs, filigree, or other coat-adhering vegetation, you are likely to be in for an hour or more of remedial work. During oxtail season, (western US), you must inspect feet and other vulnerable areas daily. In Lyme disease areas during tick season, you will need to inspect for ticks daily. ”Pet” grooming does not require a great deal of skill, but does require time and regularity. ”Show” grooming requires a great deal of skill and considerably more time and effort or expensive professional grooming.Almost every Newfie that is rescued out of a Pound or Shelter shows the effects of many months of no grooming, resulting in massive matting and horrendous filthiness, sometimes with urine and feces cemented into the rear portions of the coat. It appears that unwillingness to keep up with coat care is a primary cause of abandonment.Many other breeds of dog require less grooming; short-coated breeds require very little.

 

 

 


DON’T 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.All dogs need daily exercise of greater or lesser length and vigor. If providing this exercise is beyond you, physically or temperamentally, then choose one of the many small and energetic breeds that can exercise itself within your fenced yard. Most of the Toys and Terriers fit this description, but don’t be surprised if a Terrier is inclined to dig in the earth since digging out critters is the job that they were bred to do. Cats can be exercised indoors with mouse-on-a-string toys. Hamsters will exercise themselves on a wire wheel. Houseplants don’t need exercise.

 


DON’T 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. Even though Newfs love home and are less inclined to roam than most breeds, an unfenced Newf is destined for disaster. A thoroughly obedience-trained Newfie can enjoy the limited and supervised freedom of off-leash walks with you in appropriately chosen environments.If you don’t want the responsibility of confining and supervising your pet, then no breed of dog is suitable for you. A neutered cat will survive such irresponsibly given ”freedom” somewhat longer than a dog, but will eventually come to grief. A better answer for those who crave a ”free” pet is to set out feeding stations for some of the indigenous wildlife, such as raccoons, which will visit for handouts and which may eventually tolerate your close observation.

 


DON’T 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. The time the breeder should put into each puppy’s ”pre-school” and socialization is also costly. The ”bargain” puppy from a ”back-yard breeder” who unselectively mates any two Newfs who happen to be of opposite sex may well prove to be extremely costly in terms of bad temperament, bad health, and lack of essential socialization. In contrast, the occasional adult or older pup is available at a modest price from a disenchanted owner, or from a breeder, shelter, or rescuer to whom the dog was abandoned. Most of these ”used” Newfs are capable of becoming a marvelous dog for you if you can provide training, leadership, and understanding.Whatever the initial cost of your Newfoundland, the upkeep will not be cheap. Being large dogs, Newfs eat relatively large meals. (Need I add that what goes in one end must eventually come out the other?) Large dogs tend to have larger veterinary bills, as the amount of anesthesia and of most medications is proportional to body weight.Spaying or neutering, which costs more for larger dogs, is an essential expense for virtually all pet Newfs, as it ”takes the worry out of being close,” prevents serious health problems in later life, and makes the dog a more pleasant companion.

 

Newfoundlands are subject to two health problems that can be costly to treat: hip dysplasia and bloat. (Your best insurance against dysplasia is to buy only from a litter bred from OFA certified parents and [if possible], grandparents. Yes, this generally means paying more. While bloat may have a genetic predisposition, there are no predictive tests allowing selective breeding against it. Your best prevention is not to feed your dog too soon before or after strenuous exercise.)

Professional grooming, if you use it, is expensive. An adequate set of grooming tools for use at home adds up to a tidy sum, but once purchased will last many dog-lifetimes. Finally, the modest fee for participation in a series of basic obedience training classes is an essential investment in harmonious living with your dog; such fees are the same for all breeds. The modest annual outlays for immunizations and for local licensing are generally the same for all breeds, though some counties have a lower license fee for spayed/neutered dogs.

All dogs, of whatever breed and however cheaply acquired, require significant upkeep costs, and all are subject to highly expensive veterinary emergencies. Likewise all cats.

 

 


DON’T 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 one. Also because of selective breeding for water rescue, Newfies are ”soft-mouthed” dogs.In contrast to the protection-trained dog, trained to bite on direct command or in reaction to direct physical assault on his master, the ”deterrent dog” dissuades the vast majority of aspiring burglars, rapists, and assailants by his presence, his appearance, and his demeanor. Seeing such a dog, the potential wrongdoer simply decides to look for a safer victim elsewhere. For this job, all that is needed is a dog that is large and that appears to be well trained and unafraid. The Newfoundland can serve this role admirably, with the added assets of generally dark color and shaggy ”bestial” appearance that adds to the impression of formidability and fearsomeness. If the dog has been taught to bark a few times on command, such as ”Fang, watch him!” rather than ”Fifi, speak for a cookie,” this skill can be useful to augment the deterrent effect.

 


DON’T 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. Or, didn’t grow up to be a beauty contest winner, or because his owners through lack of leadership and training have allowed him to become an unruly juvenile delinquent with a repertoire of undesirable behaviors. The prospects of a responsible and affectionate second home for a ”used” dog are never very bright, but they are especially dim for a large, shaggy, poorly mannered dog. A Newf dumped into a Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of survival — unless he has the great good fortune to be spotted by someone dedicated to Newf Rescue. The prospects for adoption for a youngish, well-trained, and well-groomed Newfie whose owner seeks the assistance of the nearest Newf Club or Rescue group are fairly good, but an older Newf has diminishing prospects. Be sure to contact your local Newf club or Rescue group if you are diagnosed as terminally ill or have other equally valid reasons for seeking an adoptive home. Be sure to contact your local Newf club if you are beginning to have difficulties in training your Newfie, so these can be resolved. Be sure to make arrangements in your will or with your family to ensure continued care or an adoptive home for your Newfoundland if you should pre-decease him.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

 


IN CONCLUSION
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.However, as an alternative to buying a Newfie puppy, you may want to give some serious consideration to adopting a rescued Newf. Despite the responsibility of their previous owner, almost all rescued Newfs have proven to be readily rehabilitated so as to become superb family companions for responsible and affectionate adopters. Many rescuers are skilled trainers who evaluate temperament and provide remedial training before offering dogs for placement, and who offer continued advisory support afterwards. Contact local Newf breeders or Newf club members to learn who is doing Rescue work.____________________________________
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