They're A Lot Of Work!
It's a lot of work owning a Newfoundland dog.
Grooming is not a big deal, it's a huge deal.
Most experts recommend at least a quick, ten-minute brushing session
every day, combined with a more thorough, half-hour or more, workover
This is just to keep the dog presentable, mind you;
that beautiful show dog you saw on TV gets a lot more attention
What happens if you let grooming slide? As one long-time
Almost every Newfie that is rescued out of a pound or shelter
shows the effects of many months of no grooming, resulting in
massive matting and horrendous filthiness, sometimes with urine
and feces cemented into the rear portions of the coat. It appears
that unwillingness to keep up with coat care is a primary cause
Then there's the whole exercise business. Newfies
are pretty laid-back by nature, but does not mean they don't need
exercise; not at all. It means you need to motivate the dog
and make sure they get the exercise they need. If you don't, you're
likely to end up with an unhealthy, unhappy dog.
Some sources recommend that ideally, an adult Newf
should get a brisk, one-mile walk twice a day. Do you have that
kind of time available?
Add in the hours you spend cleaning up after the
mess your Newfie makes, and the time you spend on training- and
training is a must- and you see what I mean about Newf ownership
being a heck of a lot of work.