When considering whether or not you and your family are well-suited for owning a Newfoundland dog, the first thing you must calculate is how much money you have left over at the end of the month. If there is a small profit, it will almost literally be eaten up by a Newfoundland. The next thing to take into consideration is how much space you have.
The Newfoundland is named after the region of Canada where the species probably originated as a result of clever cross-breeding. The purpose of creating a dog that can reach close to 200 pounds was to help fisherman bring in a net filled with heavy fish and even to swim out and rescue those whose boat had overturned. If you want to make sure that you get back to the coast when heading out to sea far enough to keep the coast in view, you could not do much better than to take a Newfie along with you. Just in case.
The Newfoundland is a very appropriate choice for a family looking for a dog that has small children. The Newfie is kind of like the dog in Peter Pan that actually looks after the kids when they aren’t doing drugs and flying around their room. This particular breed of dog is dependable and one of the least neurotic types of pooches on the planet.
The characteristics of a Newfoundland is close to that of Butch Cassidy as played by Paul Newman. Like Butch, the Newfie is an amiable dog that will put up with a lot of crap from those around him before getting bored or angry. While Newfoundlands don’t exactly make the best guard dog around-they certainly are nowhere near as good a watchdog as a German Shepherd-they do become quite protective of the family. This makes them a good choice for those who spend a lot of time outdoors in public places. The sheer size of the Newfie will keep most troublemakers away. If the size isn’t enough, the aggressive protection of the family unit will do the trick.
Newfoundlands have the love of water in their genes. Genetically bred to help Canadian fisherman, if you live anywhere near the water, the Newfie is an excellent choice. The dog will spend as much time in the water as you allow and may play a little game with you just to stick around in the drink a little longer. Speaking of water, however, there is one aspect of the Newfoundland breed that you need to be aware of: this dog is a big time drooler. And the drool of a Newfie isn’t like that of other big dogs; this drool is sticky, ropey and fairly disgusting to have to clean up. And you will have to clean it up.
The Newfoundland does have some other problems to be aware of. For one thing, its size makes the Newfie susceptible to hip problems. A Newfoundland is also a breed that is notable for coming down with heart disease. If you’ve got kids, make sure they are old enough to withstand being knocked down and emotionally mature enough to handle the death of their beloved Newfie after about a decade of ownership.
One last thing to know about the Newfoundland even though it likely has no bearing at all on whether you come to consider a Newfie an appropriate pet. The great hunchbacked, club-footed Romantic poet, Lord Byron, was so taken by the Newfoundland that he was inspired to write a poem dedicated to the breed.