5. NON-GUARDING GUARDING DOG
If you live in a house and want a dog to keep guard, the Newfoundland may not be the most obvious choice. Depending on your lifestyle, whether you have a family with small children, or perhaps are not used to the more typical guarding dogs, the Newfoundland may very well be a good choice for you. The sheer size of a Newfoundland is often discouraging enough for intruders, as the Newf will just put himself between the intruder and his people and not move. The weight and strength of these dogs is often quite enough to push someone out of the way, should anyone come up with the idea of trying to pass your Newf.
So while your Newf may not be as effective as, for example, a German Shepherd, a Rottie or a Cane Corso, he will most definitely be formidable enough to earn respect from people outside your comfort zone.
4. NEWFS AND CHILDREN
Newfs are known to be amazing with children. Their sweet temperament and patience around toddlers are amazing. With a Newf in the house, you’ll always have someone to look after your young children. It is quite likely that your young ones will use your dog when learning to walk, and when just a little bit older, I’m sure your Newf would love to pull them in a cart or a sledge around the block.
As always, when speaking of dogs and children, I should remind you to not only teach your dog how to behave around children, but also to teach your children how to behave around dogs. Newfoundlands are a large breed, and if triggered or provoked, they can by sheer size and weight, do quite the damage to younger children. How they behave around children of any age is totally up to you – and remember; dogs and children together do best being supervised, just in case something happens.
3. YOU, YOUR NEWF AND WATER
If you enjoy fishing, swimming, taking a trip on a boat, a Newf would love to come with you. The Newfoundland was bred to work in and around water, and they absolutely love to swim. If you and your family enjoy life by the water, I can guarantee you’ll have a blast with a Newf. You may have to keep a close look so he won’t swim too far out, but you can be sure that he’ll keep your children safe. Any sign of trouble, and he’ll be there to save them (sometimes perhaps even whether they like it or not). This is also the perfect opportunity to actually work with your Newf; usually there are clubs that help training water working dogs, even holding competitions in water related work, so you never know… perhaps you and your Newf find a new interest to pursue together.
This may come as a surprise to you, but there actually are people out there who enjoy the endless hours of grooming a dog. If you are one of these people, the Newfoundland will be your own personal paradise dog. While some say brushing through their coat once a week is enough, I’m sure you could find reasons to go through your dog’s fur daily. Especially if you live in the countryside, where matts and tangles are bound to happen as soon as your Newf sticks his head out the door.
If you are one of these people who actually like and enjoy caring for your dog’s coat – and let’s be honest; brushing your dog can be a moment of stillness and intimacy with your dog that everyday life does not otherwise present, so if’s not a bad idea, actually. I do, however, understand if this specific reason to get a Newf does not ring true with everybody.
When you choose to get such a large breed as the Newfoundland, it is extremely important to make sure the dog is well behaved and well trained. A small dog doesn’t present such a threat to people who are afraid of dogs or in general, just doesn’t like dogs as much as you do.
The Newfoundland is affectionate and trusting, and quite easy to train. This is an extremely good thing considering their size, and will make your life a lot easier on your journey of creating your perfect canine companion. Make sure you do as much as possible of all the training you can think of, before your Newf becomes an adolescent (6 – 24 months), since that’s the age span in which they forget everything they ever knew, their hear only what they want to hear, they realize there’s another gender than their own, et cetera. Given their size, it is extremely important that their behaviour is as good as possible, so the fall during these months doesn’t get too deep.
But, like I said, they are in general quite easy to train, which is a huge positive trait in the Newfoundland breed. Combined with everything else I’ve said today, this should be a solid foundation on which you can rest your thoughts on getting yourself a glorious Newfoundland dog.