Newfoundland: reviews. "Newfoundland is a man in a dog look!"
The character of Newfoundland is clearly evident from birth. The breeder knows every baby and should help you choose the right pet. Before selling a dog, a good breeder always asks a lot of questions. It is important for him in which hands the puppy will fall and how much the dog and the future owner fit together. The breeder will definitely tell you what to look for, so that your life together is comfortable.
Newfoundlands are very human oriented, loyal, affectionate. They literally look into the eyes of the owner, trying to guess his wishes. When meeting, they are very happy, show all possible signs of attention.
However, a person must be a leader and establish rules. It is the person who makes the final decision on any issue. If this does not happen, Newfoundland will not take responsibility for making decisions.
Breeder's observations: There was a case when, while walking with our daughter and with one of our dogs in the forest, we came across a group of tipsy youth. They blocked the road and began to tease the dog. This dog always walked with my husband, respected him very much. But she decided that in the absence of her husband she would make the decision, and she should protect us. Then the dog put paws on one of the young people on the shoulders, forced it to fall to the ground with its weight and held it, looking with a glance that we could go with my daughter. Then she simply stepped over this guy and continued walking. She made an independent decision, but the consequences of such decisions may be different. Therefore, the dog must understand that any decision-making is controlled by the person.
Newfoundlands are very kind dogs. If they live in a closed area, they can bark at the dogs running past, but this is not a manifestation of aggression. The example given above proves that, if necessary, they can defend the owner. However, aggression is not peculiar to them.
Breeder's Observations: An outbreak of aggression can sometimes “slip through” in dogs that were bred on the territory of the former USSR. Then it was not Newfoundlands that were bred, but an experimental breed - divers, guard dogs. The blood of the Caucasian shepherds was surged. Outbreaks of aggression among the descendants of Moscow divers are precisely the legacy of the Caucasian Shepherd Dogs. But such a dog is potentially dangerous - given the huge size and very powerful jaws.
However, this happens extremely rarely. Aggression for Newfoundland is a vice. This dog is endowed with absolute trust in people and other animals. She is ready to say hello and chat with everyone. Newfoundlands get along well with other pets, including cats.
Nature endowed Newfoundlands with extraordinary intelligence. Up to the point that they are able to develop cunning plans to achieve the desired.
Breeder's Observations: Newfoundland cannot be called just a dog. This is a man in dog guise. Newfoundland is a life-long chess game, each dog is a new game. And when a particularly tricky puzzle is encountered, you realize that they are smarter than us. I was lucky to live next to them.
Each Newfoundland is a personality with its own character. A lot of calm, balanced dogs. However, there are also very active Newfoundlands that can “drive” German Shepherd games.
Breeder's Observations: Some dogs are difficult to experience separation from the owner, can cause a real tantrum. There are Newfoundlands who cannot stand loneliness and can “tear apart” an apartment. Gut the kitchen, get clothes from the upper shelves. But this is rather an individual feature, not a pedigree.
Newfoundlands get along well with children, including strangers. They can take part in animal therapy programs. All tolerate, even ready to ride children on their backs. If the family has a child, there is every chance that they and the Newfoundland will become inseparable friends. This is a nanny dog.
However, do not forget that the dog is a plasticine, and it will be exactly what a person will make it.
From the first day it is necessary to educate and train the Newfoundland, explaining what is possible and what is not.
Breeder's recommendations: Sometimes they say: "Newf should be comfortable, like home slippers." But it depends on how the dog is raised in the first months. The little newf is like a teddy bear, you want to squeeze it endlessly. But you need not only to stroke the puppy and play with him, but also to educate. It is necessary to train until the dog becomes obedient.
Newfoundland is a large dog, people are often afraid of them. Do not forget that even if the dog just takes a step towards an unfamiliar child, he may remain a stutter.
A growing dog will try to take a leading position. Man must prove his supremacy in the pack.
If you can’t do it yourself, seek help from a professional dog handler, a zoopsychologist.
Breeder's recommendation: The best option for motivation in training is work on contact with the owner. I never work with my dogs “for goodies”, although occasionally I can encourage them. The dog should just be happy with the owner. They are waiting for approval and praise. The dog must know that it is loved, and the owner must know that it is respected.
If you have Newfoundland, this does not mean that he can save the drowning man. An untrained dog does not know how to act correctly, and may not only not help, but also harm. And a drowning person can be frightened of a dog. There are special schools where Newfoundlands are taught how to save people on the water. Training should be carried out by specialists. In Belarus, unfortunately, there are no Newfoundland rescue workers yet.
The main task of the breeder is to pick up a couple so that sick dogs are not born.
The main weak point of Newfoundlands is the joints, as the puppy grows very quickly and gains weight.
At 1 month they weigh 5 kg, at 2 months - 10 - 12 kg, at 3 months - 15 - 18 kg, and further upwards - up to 65 kg, so the load on the joints is huge. Proper breeding of the dog is of great importance.
Another weak point is the heart. There is such a genetic disease - stenosis. It is incompatible with life. All puppies are tested at 8 weeks, the purpose of which is to identify whether they have this disease. The breeder should not sell such puppies, shifting responsibility to the new owners.
Newfoundlands are ready to eat everything with great appetite. If Newfoundland doesn’t eat well, it means he has health problems.
Be prepared for Newfoundland wool to require extra care. In addition, it accumulates throughout the house. But it is easy to assemble, it does not stick into sofas and armchairs.
Newfoundlands tolerate both cold and heat. You can’t cut or shave them in the summer. This will disrupt the dog’s thermoregulation, and it will only get worse.