Newfoundland Dog – Why I Chose This Breed

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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.

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.
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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

 

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.

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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.

What is your favorite breed of dog?

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