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Newfoundland Dog - Why I Chose This Breed

Updated on August 16, 2017

My Two Newfs

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Maggie and Bruce 2 Newfoundland Dogs

All my life I've always had dogs. When I first met my husband he wasn't too keen on the idea of getting a dog. We talked about it and decided to wait until our three boys were older. This way we would have the time to care for and be able to focus on training a dog.

For several years I researched different breeds of dogs, their temperaments, longevity, health issues, intelligence, and so forth.

My husband had a Newfoundland dog when he was growing up, and from the pictures and stories I saw and heard of Shauna, this was one of the breeds I paid close attention to.

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Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds

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Newfoundland Dogs - The Reasons We Chose This Breed

  1. Gentle Giant: Both my husband and I like large breeds. Don't get me wrong I love all dogs big or small, but with a large breed there's more to love, and cuddle with. The saying "Gentle Giant" is so true when it comes to this breed.
  2. The Newfoundland breed makes a great family pet. They are great with children, and are very loyal. Newfies are sociable and get along well with other dogs and cats.
  3. Newfs are an intelligent breed. My two were very easy to train. Once they learn how to do something they never forget.
  4. The average lifespan for a newfie is 8 - 10 years. I wish this was a lot longer and I have met Newfs that are 15.
  5. They love water and snow so this is perfect as we live close to two very large lakes, and we get a lot of snow in Orillia, Ontario. Mine get excited just like children do when they see the first snowfall each year.

Maggie
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Maggie our First Newfoundland

A year before Maggie, our first Newfoundland dog came into our lives, I started my search. I checked with several Humane Society's on a weekly basis to see if a Newfoundland dog was in need of a home. I contacted several breeders in Ontario, Canada, to see if they were expecting puppies.

I found a breeder that invited me to come out and meet with all of his dogs. He had both the mothers and fathers right there at the kennel. After visiting with all the dogs and speaking with the owners of the kennel it was decided that when a puppy was available to purchase they'd call me.

Late one Sunday evening in September of 2006, the breeder calls to tell me that one of his females delivered a healthy litter of twelve pups on August 22nd. I was ecstatic to say the least.

After visiting and getting to know my adorable little pup I brought her home in October.

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."

— Josh Billings
Bruce
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Next Came Bruce

What's Better Than One Newf? Two Newfs!

Maggie turned out to be a great dog, easy to train, smart, and a very loving dog. When she was seven months old we decided to get her a buddy, and we brought Bruce home.

Some people say that you should wait until your first dog is at least a year old before bringing another dog into the family, but personally I'm not sure that I'd agree with this. Everything worked out well for us.

When Maggie saw Bruce she was so excited and happy. Poor Bruce didn't know what to do so he hid under a chair in the kitchen for the first hour. By bedtime that night they were hanging out and having a great time together.

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Items For You and Your Dog

  1. Dog bowls:for water and for feeding. You can always use bowls from your own cupboard but you'll probably want your new furry family member to have his or her own. If you are bringing home a puppy keep in mind that this puppy will grow and may need larger bowls in a few months.
  2. If you are going to be crate training the dog you should have the crate in the home before bringing the dog home. Keep in mind again that this puppy will grow so be sure to buy the appropriate crate size.
  3. A blanket or a large towel for the dog to sleep on. Later on you may wish to purchase a dog bed.
  4. Grooming tools such as; a comb, a brush, scissors, nail clippers, and shampoo.
  5. Dogs love toys. If your new furry friend is a puppy he or she will need chew toys.

Under Coat Rake

This is a great tool to get to the undercoat of a Newfoundland dog. Use with care though as the blades are very sharp.



Maggie and Bruce Having Fun

They love to play in the backyard.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies
Best Buddies

Waiting For Dinner.

Waiting For Dinner.
Waiting For Dinner.

My Two Best Friends

My Two Best Friends
My Two Best Friends

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jana, When we were thinking of getting a dog my first two choices were a newf or a golden :) Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments. Merry Christmas!

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      Jana 2 years ago

      I currently have a Golden Retriever. She is 5. I had another Golden, the love of my life, up until 18 months ago. She was 14 yrs. 10 months old when we had to put her down.

      My SECOND favorite breed, whom I see a lot of at the dog shows, is the Newf. I'm in love with a Newf named Walter. He will be 8 next May. I CAN NOT get enough of him when I get the opportunity to see him. They don't show him much anymore because he's semi-retired. His parents own 4 Newfs so they concentrate on the 2 youngest Newfs for showing.

      Your pictures and your story are VERY nice. Thank you for sharing.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Newfies are great family dogs. I still have photos of my uncle's dog standing taller than my cousins and me when we were youngsters. Best-natured dog I've ever known.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ruthi: I think Maggie and Bruce would love Tidbit!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RebeccaRubia: Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @mel-kav: So glad you enjoyed it, and thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @FrancesWrites: Thank you!

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Meeting Maggie and Bruce was simply delightful! I love meeting pets--- They are such amazing people!

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      Newfies are so adorable. They're just so sweet. Bruce and Maggie are just lovely :)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Beautiful dogs! I met, and fell in love with, my first Newfoundland mix while volunteering at my regional animal shelter this year. He's a total sweetheart and gentle giant. This is such a great breed. Your two are blessed, as are you. Enjoyed meeting Bruce and Maggie.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens - Maggie and Bruce are beautiful.

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      RebeccaRubia 4 years ago

      They are so adorable!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I can see these two Newfoundlands really are your best friends! Tidbit is happy to have them woofin' it up with her on National Dog Day!

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @Susan Zutautas: He sounds amazing! What an interesting combination... :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DreyaB: I used to have a Border Collie/Husky named Magic. He was entirely black.

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      I'm definitely a dog person. A friend of mine had a Newfoundland when I was a teen and the size scared me at first, but it was the most friendly loveable dog. I have a Border Collie cross called Lady... :0)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @darkflowers: Thanks so much. Many people that live in apartments or condo own Newfoundland dogs. As long as you take them for a walk each day they are fine. Mine lay around most of the day sleeping. They do enjoy their backyard though.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Wonderful Lens, Susan, your New Foundlanders look great! I love big dogs too, but haven't got enough space, I live in a small apartment so I go for smaller breeds, but your giant look fantastic too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TanoCalvenoa: You're very welcome, and it's nice to meet you.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Thanks for this information about a breed of dog I'm not familiar with.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks Kelly!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the pix Susan!!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Susan Zutautas: Sorry that was bet not bed :)

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Oh boy, this is making me want to get Scooby a friend, lol. Terrific lens Sue and I love the photos and video! Very nice:)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TransplantedSoul: Oh I bed that mix is gorgeous!

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I also tend to like big dogs the best. Our big guy is a boxer/husky mix.