Finding Your Newfoundland puppy.
Finding the right breeder is essential when you are searching for a happy, healthy, well adjusted Newfoundland puppy.
Do NOT choose the easiest option e.g. the nearest breeder, the cheapest, or the multi breed puppy farmer.
Make sure you have done your homework before taking this life changing step.
Is the Newfoundland truly the breed for you? Look carefully at these questions before taking the plunge.
- Have you the time to raise this puppy correctly so it is well adjusted, sociable, confident with people and other dogs? If you work full time DO NOT buy a puppy of any breed. Newfoundland puppies have
to be fed four times during the day since they have a huge amount of growing to do.
- Have you the time to exercise this puppy every day in all weathers? Adult Newfoundlands need a great deal of off lead exercise, preferably in the country with swimming a preferred activity for many.
- Have you got the space for a dog that will grow into a giant weighing 8 to 12 stone? Forget coffee tables and prettily positioned ornaments- a young Newfoundland is like a charging elephant when playing
in your lounge.
- Have you the time to groom your dog thoroughly and regularly? Newfoundlands have huge coats which will quickly become matted without constant brushing and combing.
- Are you houseproud? If you care about cleanliness DO NOT buy a Newfoundland!! Their oily coats mark the walls and furniture , their huge muddy paws play havoc with your carpets, and they enjoy shaking
when wet. They also slobber! They are a disaster if you want a sparkling sweet smelling home!
- Can you afford to buy a huge car - Newfoundland people drive Volvo estates, specially kitted out vans or large people carriers. You cannot 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 sitting in snow
drifts while a walk in a blizzard is the greatest fun!
- Can you afford the vet bills or high cost of insuring a giant breed? There are certain hereditary health problems in Newfoundlands e.g. Heart disease, which can run into thousands of pounds for treatment.This
is why we stress the importance of buying from a reputable breeder who has done all the health checks demanded by the Northern Newfoundland Club.
- 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.
If you have answered the questions above honestly and STILL feel a Newfoundland is the only dog for you, then there is no hope for you! You have been bitten by the Newfie bug, and will probably end up
with half a dozen!!