Please Don’t Buy a Newfoundland Dog

Every year hundreds of giant breed dogs are put up for adoption or worse, destroyed because someone fell in love with the fluffy little puppy and brought it home, only to be overwhelmed by slobber, food, vet bills, and the sheer size of their full grown dog. If you cannot make a commitment to this (or any) animal to keep it forever, then please don’t get one. Would you give up a son or daughter because they got too big? Certainly not. Anyone who thinks a Newfoundland is any less than a child doesn’t understand the breed.

Have you talked to a Newfie breeder already? Did she ask too many questions? What do you mean I can only get a Newfie if I keep it indoors. It’s only a dog! Get lost pal. Breeders ask a lot of questions to see if you are capable of being responsible for a Newfie. They don’t want to see their pups end up in shelters two years from now. Are you OK with your big black dogs ruining your $2,000 big white sofa?

Some questions you might hear from a breeder include: How big is your yard? Is it fenced? If not, will it be? Will the dog be an inside dog? Do you have air conditioning? Will anyone stay home with the dog? Do you want to breed this dog? Do you want to show this dog? Will you go to obedience school? Would you ever put this dog in a pound? Why do you want a Newfoundland? If you suddenly cannot afford to keep your dog, what will you do? Do you have any references?

Many people say that the process is almost as bad as adopting a child. Some people think they’ll bypass that noise and get one from rescue. Good luck with that. Rescue can be even tougher!

Newfies are beautiful aren’t they? Look at that sweet face! Let me tell you something about Newfs. They love the water. Not like. Not admire. LOVE. They will get into water any way they can. They like to sit in the rain, dig holes in the mud, wade through streams and sit in the water they spilled from their bowls. They don’t care where the water is, and having a puddle of water on the kitchen floor can be just as satisfying as swimming in the ocean. Our Daisy wouldn’t drink from a bowl unless her feet were in it first. Can you handle this in your house? You better be able to with a Newfie around. Oh, see that first picture up top? That’s Annie in the mud. We were trying to train her. She decided that she’d rather be in the mud. Mud has water in it, and water = fun. This is what life with a Newfie is really like.

Most of the pretty pictures of my dogs are taken after grooming and bathing, which by the way is no small task. Ever try to brush a 130 pound animal that just doesn’t want to be groomed? Pictures and movies usually show only a well groomed animal. In reality, our dogs are this clean about 40-50% of the time. The other 50-60% of my life is spent cleaning them, cleaning up after them, or listening to my wife complain about mopping the kitchen floor for the 3rd time that day. All the carpets in our house are gone. The dogs ruined them. Now we have tile and hardwood. That pretty white couch pictured above? I loved that couch. It’s long gone.

Do you like drool? You better, because Newfies drool. Dry mouthed Newf you say? Hogwash I say. Sure some Newfies drool less than others, but there are no guarantees. Will you put you dry-mouthed Newf in the pound when he slobbers all over Aunt Edna after a big drink? Get a hamster instead. Do you like a perfectly clean house? Get a lizard. Or a maid—or three.

Do you like fur? Do you like fur in your butter? In your ice cream? How about in the sink, on your bed and up your nose at work? Newfies shed constantly. The plus side is that this is only 12 months out of the year! Even better, they blow coat twice a year. For the uninitiated, blowing coat is when they shed it all in big clumps. Prepare to vacuum friend, and if you don’t have a good vacuum? You will.

Don’t get me wrong. Newfies are the most loving creatures I have ever had the pleasure to be with. They are by far the best pets in the world. They have some serious side effects though, and most people don’t appreciate them at first. You know all those funny stories about Annie and Cozy? They are all true. Sure I might use some interesting words to entertain, but I assure you, the laughs are at my expense. Consider them all cautionary tales. I assure you, Annie really did destroy the screen door—twice.

Please, if you want a Newfie, go VISIT a reputable breeder. You must sit and play and be slobbered by these magnificent creatures before you can begin to get a feeling for what your life will be like. How do you know if a breeder is reputable? Call other Newfie breeders and ask around. Newfie breeders generally work together and will generally know a lot about one another’s programs. If you go to a breeder that has 9 different breeds all with puppies, run away. This is probably a puppy mill. Puppy mills are the scourge of the earth and the operators should be put in dirty cages and left there.

But I digress.

If you’ve gotten this far and haven’t been offended or pissed off by what I’ve said, then perhaps you are the right kind of person for a Newfie. Go buy some books, talk to some breeders and visit some big slobbery dogs. If you truly are Newfie-people, your life will change forever—for the better.

If you are considering a Newfie, then consider joining a Newfoundland forum such as Newf Net. There are some great people there who will be more than happy to help you out with your decision and point you to some people that know more than I do about the breed. There are also many other online resources available, and I suggest you try them all.

So if Newfoundlands are so much trouble, why do we have them? Simply put, the love they give is worth the mess they make. I think Annie knows that, which is why she works so hard to love everyone. She has a lot of mess to balance.

71 thoughts on “Please Don’t Buy a Newfoundland Dog

  1. Absolutely loved this! Our Newf is 147 pounds. He isn’t allowed to have a water bowl in the house as my kitchen turns into pond when he dumps it. So, in the winter, because we have the heat on, he will wake me up 5 times a night to be let out, not to pee, but to get a drink.

    We find Newf hair in the butter and in our dinner. The kids are having a hard time determining if it is from our Newf or their Dad. But, I have gotten very good at picking the fur out of ediable things before anyone sees it. : )

    1. I love my Newfie. He may have some health issues but mostly just hip dysplasia and allergies. He loves to jog anytime of the day and small amounts of peanut butter to cover his medicine for his hips. We love playing in our backyard and gets along at dog parks. My dog was around 13 months when his old owners left him outside and in the winter along with his mother brother and sisters. Unfortunately, his family died before their owner came out to bring them inside. Luckily my Newfie survived, he was buried under his family frozen to the ground which is why his stomache has bare spots on him. I can’t even imagine what he’s been through and that is how he got his name Lucky. But now I know it wasn’t luck that kept him alive it was fate.
      To all Newfie lovers keep cherishing every little moments you have. Keep lovin.

    2. You don’t have water inside for your newf? That is seriously messed up. I have places towels on the floor to absorb the moisture . I would never make my dog beg for water. Especially a Newfoundland.

    3. I saw the original post say small puppy. we got our beautiful Landseer Newfoundland at 9 weeks. he has never been small! we have Pyrenees so this seemed natural. he is. ow 6 months 80 pounds, tears up everything in the house and we are absolutely in love with him! best dogs ever!!!

      1. Hi from Scotland. The weather here is great for Newfs, it rains most of the time. My wife is from Seattle so nothing new there too. We bought Harry from reputable breeders to help my son who has Aspergers and seriously it’s the best thing we ever did. To see the genuine love Harry constantly gives is amazing even more amazing is the love my little boy gives to him. He does not care about slobber or hair in his dinner. His response is simple wipe it off or pick out the hair. I have never met such a pair for finding mud and dirt and so I spend most nights washing them both down. What was once a clinical clean place to live with everything in its place due to my sons condition is now a home with love and general chaos no known medicine or expert could compete with Harry. It takes special people to love a Newf, the mess the drool the towels trapped everywhere but they are very special, they are just not like any other dogs I have owned. They are more like family. I know one day will come that I will dread but I really hope I have given him the love he has given to us. I don’t think I could ever have a house without a Newf but even more so a house without a Harry

    4. Haha. I do this too. I make dinner and inspect it before i pass out plates. Especially if company is over. What they know wont hurt them!

  2. Very good Gad.. I would like to copy it for my web site with your permission.. The only thing I would add is, make life simpler and put in a dog door… I also have a lixit in my utility room. put in when the house was built (for the dogs). Newfies are the BEST dog you could ever have…if you are prepared for the committment….

  3. Well said, GAD. This time of year scares me to death, because the so-called pet stores will often get a newfie, because the pups are so cute. I cringe if I hear about it, because that baby will probably end up in rescue later.

    When I got Poppy (from a reputable breeder) I knew what I was getting into. She is so worth the slobber and the hair. But she definitely would not be everyone’s cup of tea!

  4. I have owned 5 Newfies since 1985. I also used to do the Newfie Rescuse for Idaho. I can’t imagine having another breed of dog. One of my Newfies, “Buster”, was Certified Pet Therapy dog and use to go to the St Luke’s hospital in Boise, Idaho once a week. The joy he brought the the childern was priceless! I recently loss my female Vivian and am now down to one, a 173lb male name Henry. He is a house dog, as all my Newfies were. No matter how hot the house gets, he wants to be close to his humans. I recently bought new leather furniture and often find him sleeping on it when I come home from work or get up in the morning. I have also gone through more vacuums in the past 25 years than I would like to mention. The vet bills I have spent are soo high. Not to mention you can’t buy a new car without checking to see if two Newfies will fit in it. All in all, it is worth it and we are thinking about getting a new puppy soon.

    1. Lovely post. I got a Newf/lab who is now 1 year old. We adopted him from a nice family and the mother was present as the rest of the brothers. We decided to get him because my 10 year old Golden Retriever is very old and suffers from maul seizures. So when the time comes it will be not so hard on my little kids. Anyways, this new baby that we love so much, was with separation anxiety since day one, when we took him home he cried the whole driving. When I left him to take my kids to school he pushed the baby gate I got him to keep him in the kitchen. He did the house training good, not much accidents. Some chewing when very little but it stopped soon.

      I start the crate training but after 2 months I noticed one day the cage was moved, even tough I was only taking the kids to school. after that day this was very common. One day we came back from buying some groceries and his paw got stuck under the gate and the bottom of the crate. I almost died of listening him crying. Husband was more calmed and help him get safely released. We sold the crate and decided to leave him in the living room. After a month of no chewing anything one afternoon when picking up my kids he chewed my couch, almost all gone. I now leave him in the dinning room where there’s not much to chew as my table is metal with top wood. Lots of toys and those white bones that they eat and also a kong. A friend of mine give me her old but better condition couch but now I am affraid that he will do the same. I wish I can leave him free in the house when we are not home but I am scared he will do the same with this new couch.

      I wish I would it have found this blog before to save some money for trainning school before getting him. Now is too late and I don’t think in give him away as he is so sweet and protector. He is always alert of any weird sound or people around. the past month he has started growling at people or other dogs but people who is not affraid of dogs reach their hand and he will smell it and little by little get closer until that stops. Other people see him so big and barking and they get scared. I don’t know why is he like that. We got a muzzle for when we take him for his walks but he hate it and we don’t want him to scratch him self trying to take it out. Husband is the only one who can take him out now as he pull me the other day into the ground and dragged me close to the road. I take him to the backyard during the day and play fetch. He loves it, and yes he love snow, rain and wind. But with me besides him lol

      1. Please do find a trainer. It’s not too late, and you might be surprised at how much a good trainer can show you. Good luck!

      2. big dogs do big damage…..mine drives me crazy worst newfie i have ever had after 25 yrs of owning them..but i adopted at 6 mos so he is all mine all mine..love him to death but he has ben a challenge even for a long time newfie owner…they are very smart and will detect weakness and protect you..they always have you in their heart

    2. I am a native Idahoan as well and can’t wait to find a bigger place to live so I can have one of these gentle giants as a companion. I am a dedicated pet owner and have been researching this breed for years, however I am only 14 so gotta wait at least 4 years😅😅😅

  5. Well said, and oh so true. Whenever I am interviewing potential puppy people, we always talk about the water deal. I always tell them, they dont LIKE water(smile) I tell them they are obsessed with it and need counseling!!!I tell them they will seek out the mud puddle, run through it a few times, lay in it until all the water is absorbed and then slobber in it to make more water!!!
    Great piece about the realities of owning and loving a Newf.

  6. You’re absolutely right on all counts 🙂 We had to replace the floor in two spots in the house where they’d splashed water out and it had seeped thru the grout/wood and rotted the floor underneath. We found using a low rubber maid storage container with their water (bistro waterers) helps 🙂 ) If you don’t mind having a body as big as your own in the bed, a Newfie might be for you. If not, don’t get one. If you don’t mind a dog whose chin can rest on your counter and take things from it that you leave behind, a Newfie might be okay for you 🙂 The car thing? Yep – mini-van for us.

    When folks ask you if they’re expensive to buy, our answer is usually, don’t worry about the initial cost, worry about the upkeep.

    Hair in stuff? It’s always neat pouring a nice glass of wine and finding a hair in it that belongs to one of the Newfs 🙂 Or that hair in your eye? It’s not yours, it’s one of the dogs hairs. That hair in your sandwich at work, theirs, etc 🙂 If you’re a picky person, this breed is definitely not for you.

    If you’re okay with small stuff like you mentioned…these dogs are worth so much and more.

  7. Love your blog. Do not have a Newfie but a black lab rescue (maybe he is part Newfie?). Learned lots from your blog that the ton of dog hair that I pick up with the vaccum on a daily basis is blow coat. And yes, when I find a hair (or several ) in my lunch at work, I smile, take it out, think of Bogart (our dog) and figure I got the lucky sandwich with the dog hair(s) attached.

    As for snuggling up to his humans…all 80+ pounds ( I realise this is less than Annie or Leroy) of him join my husband and I in bed..and usually Bogart is there first claiming his spot. What I do find strange though is how he does not give off any heat. The colder the night is (and we live in Quebec) the closer the big oof snuggles between us.

    Don’t get me started on people who buy a dog because he is a cute puppy. A dog is for life not for just the puppy year!

  8. We have a newfie who is now 2 1/2. She has had her moments I cannot lie adn yes she is a mud, water and snow monster and yes I was house proud….ish…. and do I regret my baby noooooooooo way. We have 2 labs, 1 newf and an otterhound and our newf rules our roost and she is amazing and the BEST pets as therapy dog EVER. She has enriched our live and that of others MY ADVICE – give your dogs your TIME, EFFORT AND LOVE and get advive before you buy a good breeder is as good as your best friend… xxxxxxxx BIG SLOBBY LOVE xxxxx

  9. WAY too many people fall in love with that fluffy little creature at 8 weeks – suddenly they grow big and apparently become a burden to people who’re supposed to love the poor thing.

    I have NO tolerance and NO respect what so ever for people who can’t ”bother” to deal with a dog that ‘unexpectedly’ reached 150 lbs. worth of muscle, bone and fur. Treating it bad, dumping it or generally taking your personal frustration out on the dog is pathetic. A dog is a lifetime pal – a best friend that’ll hold you over in times of all needs.

    And even if you treat it like shit, it’ll still come back to save your ass from drowning or whatever trouble you’re in.. because newfies are like that.

  10. You put it exactly to the point! Our 4 years old Landseer is 130 pounds now and it’s a MUST
    to meet the requirements of these wonderful giants and take responsibility in any way!
    It’s our giant no. 4 (before we had Bernese Mountain Dogs) and we shared good times and bad time, but we always did our utmost and would spend our last bugs making their life great. They are the love of my life! No human ever touched my hear like my furkids!

  11. Thanks for posting this.

    I’ve just burst into tears at the picture of the nose shoved through the hole in the screen door. Picture the same screen door once the 80kg male Landseer Newfie decides that if he can get his nose through, he’s pretty sure he’ll able to get his whole self through (and succeeds!) … and multiple that by 6 screen doors (but one very satisfied Newf laying belly up across a three seater floral couch) I miss my Jayman, a rescue Newf no longer with us.

  12. Thank you Gad. It is just too sad to imagine these wonderful dogs being anything more than life-long companions. They are big, they are hairy, they are slobbery, they are messy and they NEED to be a part of your family, so you will be covered by big, hairy, slobber kisses and be messy too 🙂 If you shudder at the thought, don’t get a Newf. And if you just want a big dog on a long chain for security, get security screens – no dog deserves that.

  13. Well said GAD! My Fiancee and I have two Newfies. A 10 month old female (Joey) and a 5 month old male (Jesse). The first pool Joey saw when she was a puppy, she jumped into, in November in New England. The first pool Jesse ever saw, he fell into (I think on purpose), and Jesse regularly lays his head in his water dish on the kitchen floor, scoops water out of it and rolls around in it. They are slobbery, hairy, big, goofy, loving dogs and although sometimes they make me want to shave them, they are our babies and we wouldn’t give them up for the world. I love dogs, all dogs, but Newfies are a special breed and anyone who has spent time with them would have to agree.
    I can’t help but bring dog hair with me to work in my lunch. 🙂

  14. It’s good to have people like you preventing others to flood the animal shelters with their “not so cute dogs”. What an incredible in depth article. Do you know why you are , with now doubt a real fan of this breed? Because you feverishly warn people to not get one, because it might hurt some poor newfoundland dogs in the future. That is true compassion. For me, the sideeffects would not be “wort it” and i certainly could not afford such a dog. Still, i can understand why someone would enjoy a newf. Also, good to hear that breeders are asking so much questions these days…so it’s not all about money!!

  15. Wow thanks! I met two of these shopping with there “dad” at petco was thinking about getting one

    Glad I read this- I would shit a brick over the mess, the couch and be livid about the screen door. I’m an anal clean freak- really glad I found this thanks for writing it. I’m ok with large dogs- just not the shedding, drool, or water thing.

  16. Hi Gary,
    Excellent – would you give us permission to copy this article in our next Newfletter for our members? This is a brilliant expanation of why newfs are not suitable for lots of people .

    Thanks,
    Jill

  17. Hi,

    Can I ask a question? We have done a ton of visiting, reading and thinking about having a Newf and are just about to take the plunge. Just 1 question. We have a large garden pond that has Koi carp. It is robustly covered in drilled down wire mats to stop any of our 6 kids falling in. Is Newf likely to try and chew through it to get to the water? We live very near a river so he will have ample opportunity to swim – but we are a bit concerned about the pond proving too much temptation! Any advice gratefully received!
    Thanks
    Sue

    suz.stone@btinternet.com

    1. Mine tried, we had trouts and ducks, but was waaaaaay too slow to catch anything. Only scared them away. Newfs are strong, but lack speed.

  18. I agree with this article because a lady bought a Newfie and gave him up because of his size. The dog ended up in a shelter and then got a new home. Within a month, that home gave him up to bring him back to the shelter. Then we showed up. I have only had 2 Shetland sheepdogs which are small dogs but I showed both of them and train dogs. I am only 14 yrs old but I knew that this big dog needed a forever home. We found out that a lady stepped on him and he bit her but I didn’t care. He needed a third chance. We took him in paying only 200 dollars and love him to death. He is the sweetest dog ever. My other sheltie Abby can nip at him and he could care less. Newbies are a lot of work but are well worth it.

  19. I so enjoyed this piece, we share our home with 2 Newfie love’s and what you say is true. At this point in time we are trying to help a very special family get their Newf home. If you would visit the FB page Stormy The Newfoundland Is Missing and read her story at ricknbaby0076.blogspot.com/ we would enjoy your company along this portion of our journey……

  20. We live in Australia. Our Newfoundland passed away a month ago, aged nearly 12. The most unbelievably loving, most beautiful creature EVER!! I cannot imagine how any breeder of this dog would supply one of their pups to a pet shop. It is almost inconceivable. If I ever saw one in a pet shop, and I’m confident I won’t, I would go nuts! The grilling that I had to go through before I was allowed to take home a Newfoundland puppy was astounding. It was easier to become a lawyer than to become an owner of a Newf puppy!

    And for the record, our Newf hated the water!! Wouldn’t go near it! He would stand in his water bucket, would not venture anywhere near our dam.

    Great article. Thank you.

  21. My hubbie and I were reading this and crying we’re laughing so hard! This describes our Newfie to a T and we wouldn’t want it any other way!! Newfie love!

  22. ERRR..I was leaving a comment and accidentally pushed send before finishing! I wanted to say that your “so called” rant was SOOO needed. Ignorance about a lot of breeds are what causes the pounds and rescue groups( bless them) to be filled with unwanted animals : ( Thank you so much on your eye opener on this Big Lovable Drooling Gentle Giant Breed. Our Newfie of 11 yrs suddenly died from a ruptured spleen, two years ago : ( £/>. We are just now ready to Adopt another young adult male to give a loving home to. So far no luck finding one. We do not mind a mixed breed as long as the Newfie breed’s traits are prominent that’s most important : ).
    P.S. I DO NOT believe in breeding, and therefore will not buy from a breeder.
    As long as there are shelters and rescue kennels filled with animals needing love, I feel its a shame to do so! ( Just my opinion “rant” ) Thank you again

  23. I have owned a newf since the late 1980’s. They are by far the greatest dog. I have had one bad newf, he liked to bite. But I would never, ever have another breed.

  24. I own one, he’s 8 now! It costs 10K in vet bills… On the first year! My family kept him anyways, and he’s the sweetest dog ever!

  25. Can anyone tell me what temperature is to hot for a newfie. We adopted a 4 month old female from a pet store last week. She was going to be sent to a shelter and our old lab had just passed away from congestive heart failure. I dont mind the giant size, shedding, drooling etc. But I don’t want her to overheat when summer gets here and I can’t find a good ideal outdoor temperature for this breed online?

  26. You have made a very sad and desperate person laugh tonight. MMy husband and I have been crying our eyes out the whole weekend. Our ten yr old Newf named Oshi is buying time on a bad rear…hips, knees, and spine….our vet came out to look at him and said basically ” whenever you are ready” . We will never be ready. I love him so much my heart is breaking.
    You all made my sore cried out eyes and headache a little more tolerable. We have mad e every adjustment to our home as possible….from ramps, braces, slings, extra grip carpets, dog grip shoes, meds…and now we face then inevitable.
    I can totally relate to the vaccumes and hair( broke the clutch on the dyson 3x), flingls drool like raw egg whites nearly 10 feet, we have no screens, he has wanted to stay outside in rain, hail, blizzards, hurricanes……we have a case of dog towels.
    His sister is a 15yr old Welsch Corgie named Tootes and a Tabby Carmen who love him.
    I wanted to,share a poem with you all that is with my dog pics

    ” Dogs are our link to paradise.
    They dont’t know jealousy
    Or discontent.
    To sit with a dog
    On a hillside
    On a glorious afternoon
    Is to be back in Eden,
    Where doing nothing
    Was not blring –
    It was paradise”.

    Milan Kandura

    1. Will Rogers, America’s beloved 1920’s-30’s cowboy philosopher and humorist, also a dog lover, once said, “If dogs don’t go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they are.” That about sums it up. We take very good care of our dogs, and have been fortunate that ours have lived until past 12 years old. It is so hard to say goodbye, but we know that someday we will see them again, in a place with free-running rivers, beautiful wilderness lakes and meadows full of good smells…

  27. Sometimes I find it hard to express just how much love I have for my Newfie Frank, it’s goes to the core, these dogs just get you under the skin until every part of you wants to make life the best for your fur baby. I have 3 human babies and Frank is just the best with them, I truely believe he makes me a better mum. He chills me out looks after the kids and makes me a better person. The love they give you is second to none, to be honest my house looks better for the drool splashed up the walls, fur on everything, cream carpet no longer being cream and the trails of black along the White walls where he rubs himself along them, the sofa smells better when a Newf gas been lying on it why….because he makes me smile evey second of every day he makes me feel calm, warm and loved in a way no other dog could make you feel, he is my soulmate. The last post made me cry, I struggle to think of the day he won’t be here what will I do….I don’t want him to go to the bridge he will hate it without us and we will hate it without him. These dogs are not the next big fad or a purchase on a whim if you really can’t commit to them for life please please don’t get a Newf it will break them and the thought of a broken hearted Newf breaks my own heart, they are special to special for words and I consider it a privilege to share my life with one…..I am lucky to have him not the other way round and not a moment goes by where he doesn’t remind me of that fact.

  28. Right on. We are on our 3rd round of Newfies. All have been special and have lived long lives. Current pair are 6 years old and best friends. One from a breeder and the other from the Canadian Newf Rescue League. Awesome ORG. They have trained my wife not to be a neatnick. She has given in to living happy with fur and drool. The only woman to put up the seat on the magic water fountain. So it won’t be wet when you sit down.

  29. I have always wanted one of these beautiful dogs but I have been smart enough to know that I was not the right person to own one. Although I love all my fur babies I just would not have ths time or room to take care of this dog. But I can love them from afar.

  30. Excellent/Awesome/Profound/Shooting-straight-from-the-hip/Informative/Notice
    Thanks for posting this. Over 20 years ago I rescued two separate Landseers from deplorable situations. 6 yrs ago I rescued a highly-emaciated and suppliant girl Newf and she returned the favor by being able to “read me” and become my Medical Service Dog. However, although we were a “marriage made in Heaven” – a sudden, ugly, and uncontrollably active carcinoma caused her to take her trip over the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. She was 9 2/3. I had her 6 1/2 of those years – the best years of my life. Her breeder and my friend’s breeder and friends are trying to find me a female adult Newf as I am “house-bound” without my canine companion. Everyone is searching for Val’s “Christmas Miracle”. God bless you for posting this. They think they are so cute. They have absolutely no idea of the joint commitment: you to dog and dog to you. I do! Praying for my next BEARdog lady. Val Frost – Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA – NEWFS RULE Thanks so much, again. x

  31. We are on our 3rd Newfie, all AKC-registered and all “low mileage, previously-owned dogs” that we rescued. We love the breed, and only wish we had at least one more, preferrably a Landseer female, as my wife’s Dad had one when he was a kid on the farm in Wisconsin. Beauregard, our current boy, is now 4, 180 pounds, “dry-mouthed”, and we have been his people since he was 13 months. We live on the edge of a quiet university town in the Idaho Panhandle, are only a block from a park where we can walk and run Beau, and we have a large tree-shaded, well-fenced back yard with a garden and small orchard for him to relax in. He also has the world’s largest doggie door so he can go in and out whenever he feels like it. He is a family member, and the love is mutual. We have a good friend with 2 Newfies, a boy and a girl, who come over for playdates every week or so, and the three of them have a great time. We love the breed…

  32. Have had two Newfs for more than a year. Fozzie Bear is a 175lb male with a male attitude. He hears you when he wants to, does what you want him to do if he thinks it’s his idea, knocks you over by leaning on you so,you can give him a back rub, slobbers, allergic to dairy products, is totally bonded to my wife, loves to lay out in the rain & gets excited when he gets to ride in the car or go for a walk in the woods and doesn’t like to be used as a footrest. Rosie Rosebud is a 145lb female with spinal stenosis, responds to hand signals, lays at my feet so I can use her as a footrest, loves to ride in the van we had to buy to haul 320lbs of Newfs, and she is the most lovable dog I’ve ever had. She is a true friend. Vet bills aren’t outrageous, grooming costs $200 every time they have to go in, and she only slobbers after drinking water. Both dogs are “Rescue Dogs” and a true joy. We made a lifelong commitment when we adopted them and will be heartbroken when we lose them. They were 7 & 8 years old when we got them, they came from loving families and were not abused but were neglected. I can’ think of a better breed to have as a lifelong part of the family.

  33. I love dogs! Any! But the dog to me Newfoundland. Whoever is with me now is my third nyuf – Amaretto. 1986 – 1992 I had the Dark, my first nyuf, which, saazhlenie died of parvo. 1988 – 1997 us was my only girl nyuf – Erie. Then Bulgaria was complicated and I do not have a generation. I not got another dog until 2010 when Amaretto came to me. It was 1 year. Very funny! Bought by kennel license FRS, transferred through several families with many problems. There was no knowledge of life in the city and in the home. There was no hygiene habits – three days after they took it I had to leave him alone for an hour. When I returned I found him lying on the coat of my daughter, which was removed from the rack. The problem was not that he took off his coat, and it was a dick and ….. off his coat, covered white with him lying on top. I guess he knew that made trouble and tried to hide it. Many laughed then. We live in an apartment in the city center three – 12-year cat Maro, 6 annual Amaretto and me. The walls are pores with washable wallpaper, the floor is wood and marble, everything that can hurt him is stowed in lockers. Anyway, you have continuous two year old child. But this is irrelevant because Amaretto with me. Nothing can replace such a relationship – a man – Newfoundland. I found that I prefer to have a walk than to watch TV, I prefer to read, or I’m on the computer when it is up to me and I can at any moment to caress, to look into his eyes and could feel his incredible love. For this love can not put up with dirty walls and chewed furniture and fur everywhere.
    Please excuse my bad English. Use the Google translator

  34. Congratulations for perfectly describing life with a Newfie, and as a Mom of one big boy…I love every minute. I was smiling and agreeing the the article, laughing and thinking “oh yea”. But for all the work, my man is the love of my life. He is a gentle giant, thinks he is a lap dog and fierce protector. Can’t imagine life with out Tank the lovable Newfie in our house.

  35. I rescued BUBBLES in July 2009 – highly emaciated and suppliant. In the past 6 years she has become the strongest, most loving, and best dog I have ever had. A beautiful black purebred NEWFOUNDLAND girl who came to me at 3 1/2 yrs of age, in dire need of someone who could “mend” her. As she became healthy, she was “reading” my system and warning me of my attacks and helping me through them. In March of 2010 she became my own personal Medical Service Dog. We were widely known and loved by everyone who watched her diligently working each and every day beside me. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA. On Dec. 15, 2015, a sudden and fast-acting cancer in her mouth and esophagus, cutting off her airway, caused me to send her to Rainbow Bridge. I am on pension and am now looking for another Newfoundland adult female who, once again, needs a good and loving home. You did the Breed Proud, sir. I am now hoping and praying for my new Newf rescue/rehome girl. Val Frost – Thanks for being an ardent fan of this most Magnificent Breed – The NEWFOUNDLAND.

  36. I saw this posted on Facebook so thought, as a Newfie owner of many years, I’d have a read. It is brilliant, I have sat here chuckling knowing exactly what you mean!! But I wouldn’t swap my Newfs for anything, no matter how much mess or destruction they cause!!

  37. I live in the Orkney Islands just north of Scotland. I have my third rescue Newfoundland and I couldn’t be without one.
    My new house has wood and tile floors, especially designed for Newfies.
    I got Clyde at the beginning of January and he is a 66 kg (10 and a half stone) brown bear who is as gentle as a lamb. He loves water, mud, snow and makes a complete mess of the house.
    Everyone that meets him just loves him. I still have the slobber traces of my first two Newfies, I wouldn’t clean them away for the world.

  38. Love love love this…I have wanted a newfie for as long as can remember I have always had shelties and currently a black lab we are proud new parents of our first newfie all I could do while reading your article is smile giggle and think I can’t wait for all this to happen. She is now 3 months old enjoying the snowy new england weather we couldn’t be more in love. I say bring on the drool hair and total hot mess she will become over water puddles and mud it will never make me sorry she is here!

  39. I could not ask for a better dog than my Newf, Chewy. He is almost 12 and is the sweetest, gentlest boy you will meet. He has gone with me to visit adults with developmental disabilities on a weekly basis for many years. They all love him there. Even though we bring Chewy to the ocean every year, he refuses to swim, but he will lay in the rain all day. One thing that nobody mentioned, was that if you get a newf, you must be prepared for constant attention. People have abandoned their cars in the middle of the street to run out and see him or get a picture. Everyone will stare and ask if you are walking a bear. People don’t know my name, but they all know his! He has posed for more pictures than I can count. Like others have mentioned, they can be very destructive. He ate our stairs, our kitchen table, the chairs, the wall, the windowsill, many remotes, a camera, went through a bunch of screen doors, but he outgrew that phase pretty quickly. He was 165 pounds by his second year. I can’t imagine having any other dog with my family.

  40. Hello in the span of 40 years plus my father has cherished 5 Newfoundlands Dennis Ben Sam Emmett and we rescued one we renamed that was a show dog that a 14 girl owned her parents let her buy that didn’t even know his own name no doghouse no where to run and was left alone on the weekends un feed and a good friend told me about him my dad had a difficult time getting him to learn to eat properly, he was Benny love at first site as it was always when he looked at each one when he had them . Owners have to be loyal as this breed is totally they two are like your shadow . If you train them right and give them proper bones to chew they won’t destroy your home they will warm your hearts and you will never want another kind of breed . Yes they are big and there hearts match their size . My father never owned his newfies he cherished them hair and all!! Buy the right tools combing never hurt anyone ! I could write a book on the life and times of these Gentle giant at my dads home . The truck rides the fishing trips the Dairy Queen treats and egg nogg on xmas mornings etc… ! Benny passed a couple of weeks ago it isn’t the same when you pull up to my dads home no big woof ! Thank you !

  41. Me and my wife have 3 kids all girls age 5 9 10 thinking about getting one. We have a golden retriever now that is just so sweet. The question is my yard has a fence yard about a half acre. Would that be enough space for this giant. There is always somebody home at all times so the dog will never be alone. He will stay inside till you wants to go outside . Looks like the dogs have a lot of medical problems is that the case.

    1. To those who have their dogs on a chain or tie out, stop it. Take your dog to a dog park, walk them, bring them in the house and play with them. What good is a dog on a chain in the back yard?

  42. I inherited a six month old Newfia few weeks ago. A youngcouple with a 1 year old child, lived in town, had him. Guess they decided the dog was too much for them. So I took him. I do live in the country, but I keep him in a large fenced in area. Trouble is he has very bad manners. Not sure how much they worked with him, but apparently not much. I can’t control him, he jumps on me sad smacks me in the face. And, when I get him out, I put him on a 30 foot lunge line to get more exercise. Of course, he has pulled me down several times, Jerking me. He even runs toward me like he is trying to attack me, very aggressive, jumping on me and trying to bite me, rather aggressively. I’m very confused about him. I’m afraid zip
    I’m going to have to find someone to takehim. I’m afraid he is going to hurt me. But I’m very particular who will get him. Im not going to let him go to just anyone. It’s going to have to be someone who knows newfound lands. I know this is going to be difficult. Any suggestions.?

  43. I had a Newfoundland from January, 1986-June, 1998. He was the sweetest dog, especially when it came to little children. He could be a mess, but was very good company and protection. Ours preferred to be outside (3 acre parcel). We would walk him 3 or more miles a day and take him to the rock quarry to go swimming, as well. Someone was outside with him 12 or more hours a day. He is very missed, even 18 1/2 years later.

  44. We love our new Newfoundland/pyrenees puppy. We love big dogs and do not mind the hair. They are gentle loving dogs, best ever!!!!

  45. Thank you so much for this post!

    I don’t own a Newfie (yet) but I have been longing to have one in my life for so long.

    People keep telling me it’s a bad idea; “You don’t know what you’re getting into.” “That’s dog is too big.” “It will ruin your stuff.”

    I just lost my very large rottweiler over the summer… this dog rode my couch like a surf board 4 feet into a corner and broke my favorite shelf! His punishment? I took that dog to the park…. because, if he felt the need to run through the house fast enough to that the cough took flight when he jumped on it, clearly he had energy to burn.
    When he spotted all over the place and then shook his head spraying dog snotty-drool all over himself and me? I took out the package of wipes I always kept in my pocket for drool-occasions.
    I just watched a bunch of Newfie-related water disaster videos with my husband- puppies sitting in their water, dumping it, etc… we laughed. We laughed so hard and then talked about water-containment protocols to at least keep the water in one place while we chase the dog around with a towel.

    More importantly… we have no attachment to our belongings. Even the new stuff. If the dog broke the TV we’d have an “Aw crap” moment and then plan on when we replace the TV.

    Newfies aren’t for everyone. Large dogs aren’t for everyone…

    I’ve done my research. I’ve had a super high energy dog in my house….

    I’m ready. Every article pointing out the down sides only makes me excited to look forward to experiencing them.

    Thanks!

  46. I actually bought a dog food stand and my Samson’s water and food are up off the floor about a foot now. This has made a huge difference for water all over. He still drinks then walks away with half of it in his jowls so that is still all over the floor and into the kitchen but it made a BIG difference.
    Love my newfies! I’ve had two so far and on my way to getting another. Can’t have just one! 🙂

  47. I love this article. Its all so true. With several newfoundlands in my house I know all of this all too well. All but 1 of my newfoundlands are down right obsessed with water! They must stand in the water to drink it. One sticks her entire head in the water to take a drink. Every time she drinks, sometimes even the top of her head is soaked! Then of course she comes straight over to me to let me know! Another girl, has to lay down in the water just about everytime we go outside. With a dog pool, a big pool, and a stream next to the house, theres just no stopping it. And if it rained and there is a mud puddle or just mud, its calling her name. We will be running around playing and ill think, “ok awesome im ready to go in and we are clean and dry”, then she vears off on our way inside and lays in a puddle of mud water, then jumps up and runs to the door! Oh no!
    Just wanted to add something…
    I have a large family. I am the second to youngest of 7 children, with 4 of my sisters and one brother having several children (and i have 3 as well). My parents and all of my siblings except my oldest sister, who has several newfoundlands as well and the second oldest who has a newfoundland mix, do not like big slobbery dogs. They do not like coming to my house and some of them down right refuse to come over!
    I am very sensitive about my newfies. I love them like my children. Be prepared to grow a thick skin if you dont already have one! If you cant imagine your best friend not wanting to have coffee at your house anymore, dont get a newfy. If it would bother you to move the family bbqs to your cousins house because nobody likes giant dogs all over them, drooling on their feet as they are eating, dont get a newfoundland. Family that used to stay at my house when they came to visit, now stay at my parents. After refusing to lock my dogs up when visiting, some friends and family have stopped coming. But that’s ok, because these dogs are family to me. They are my children. They are the most fantastic breed ive ever had the pleasure of owning and ill always have my house full of them!

  48. The first time I met a Newfy, I fell in love with the breed. I wanted one so bad. But I did a lot of research on the breed. I found what they were bred for. They helped fisherman, since they are good swimmer, webbed paws. They would haul carts of fish up the steep cliff trails. Far as I know, these dogs have saved more people than any other breed. They are extremely friendly, especially to their owners and are also protective of their family. I talked to people that bred them for show dogs, and how much they exercised them to keep them in shape. But as much as I loved the breed, I knew I couldn’t properly care for one if I bought one. So I just admire them from a far. But they are truly one of the best of the big dog breeds. To the people that have them and also from the comments from owners I am really jealous, and happy that you tell the truth about them so people will know how much care they need, so they just don’t go out and get one without knowing what it takes. All pets need proper care, and no one should get a pet without knowing how to care for them. I even bought books about them, but realized I couldn’t properly care for them. But they are still my favorite breed of dogs.

  49. I never planned on Buddy my Newfy. I was going home from camp and cut threw one of the state parks. It was late Oct 2016. In the woods next to the campground was this big beautiful dog. He was living in the woods because someone dumped him. I tried to get close to him but he always went the other direction from me. I had my cooler with lunch meat and leftovers in it from camp so I put it in a bowl that someone was feeding him with. The next weekend I went back through the park and he was still there. I brought him some boneless chicken breast that I had leftover. He ate it but again would not come near me. A lady who works at the park stopped and asked me if I was trying to catch him. I told her yes and she informed me she had been feeding him but did not want him she already had several dogs that people had dumped at the park. This went on for several months finally in the beginning of March 2017 after I had given up hope of ever catching him, the lady called me and said the park ranger would be calling me that he had the dog. He called and we set up for me to go there the very next day to get him. The park ranger and his wife had him in their yard and when I pulled up he picked up Buddy and put him in the back of my SUV. We went straight to the vet and we had to pick up his hind legs and wheelbarrow him in on his front legs. He would not budge on leash. Of course he was heartworm positive. Started the pretreatment right away and got him through his treatment a total of 3 months from start to finish. He is a pretty calm ole boy the vet put his age at about 4, wasn’t to very difficult to keep him calm during treatment. What brought me to this site was his shedding by the handful. So I guess this is a normal thing for these dogs. I can deal with it. I love this dog so much and wouldn’t give him up for anything. I have had shelties in the past they shed but not like him. Right now I have an aussie, a Pappillion, and a cockapoo and Buddy the Newfy all indoor part of the family dogs.

  50. Dear GAD,
    Bless you indeed for most of the rude parts of being Newfie parents to fend off the faint of heart and uber clean freaks! I fell in love with a big slobbering Newfie at a dog show while I was in law school and could barely afford my own kibble! When I managed to save enough to buy a lake home 10 yrs later in 1989, and then get a job where I could work less than 100 hrs a week, from home most days, I couldn’t wait to find a dog who would love our lake house, my step kids, and walking the miles of lovely lake path, swimming off the pier, and hiking in the snow with us.
    We found a 10 wk old male Newfie pup . Bosco was an angel riding home in his new Dad’s arms and they both slept/ snuggled in a fur blanket without mishap as I drove home 4 hours with kennel, bowls, toys, food waiting as well as an old mechanical alarm clock and a hot water bottle….. My preparations were all in accord with the breeder’s advice and my prior life as a farm kid. It was a challenge for a few weeks, but hilarious.
    We’ve never looked back in nearly 30 years and great joy with Newfies. We are searching now for a pup or young dog as our current bears are both over age 11. Both current dogs are rescues, one an AKC brown female we got as a surrender to our vet at 14 weeks, and the other a black male we flew to Chapel Hill, NC to “re-home” when he was about 8-9 months. The male’s AKC papers were not provided as promised, nor were his health records, or those of the poor old supposed AKC female (dog heaven now) we also adopted from the same rotten prior pet parents at the time . We call Noah a “Newfangle” , as he is mostly Newfie, but way too tall, skinny, high hipped, and maybe part hound… We don’t care, and love them without qualification. I agree that I can’t imagine giving up my cats or dogs to anyone but family and friends whom we have reciprocal agreements with in the event of a tragedy. How do you give up a family member to somebody you never met?

    God Bless you, and keep up the good work!

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