The Newfoundland is a large and very powerful dog, but is known as a Gentle Giant because of its mild, friendly and loyal personality. Even though the Newf is of a calm disposition and has a very laid- back character, it can be a challenge to own one. It can be a high maintenance dog and because of the drool and shedding is not meant for the family which is obsessed with neatness. Newfoundlands require grooming on a regular basis and because of the almost constant shedding, one must possess a very good quality vacuum cleaner. It goes without saying that as the number of Newfs in the household increases, so does the energy and time required to provide the care they need and deserve. During most of the past thirteen years we have had more than one of these gentle beasts living with us at the same time and presently we have four.
My intention in writing this blog is to give an insight into how the Newfoundland dog fits into the family home environment. Needless to say, when one has four large dogs living in the house the tendency is to take many photos. I have included several of these pictures throughout the blog which will help readers to visualize the unique atmosphere in the home.
We became interested in Newfoundland dogs quite by accident. We had heard of them and had seen the typical photos of them standing on a Newfoundland shore staring out over the sea. However, we really did not know much about them. Our “dog” life before Newfs consisted of many mixed breeds, mostly from shelters, and one purebred Golden Retriever by the name of Kelsey. None of our dogs of the past ever weighed more than 60 pounds.
One morning, many years ago, not far from our house and at the beginning of our commute to work, Ingrid and I passed a couple walking this monstrous black dog along the side of the road. We were quite impressed with this animal even from a distance. We saw them often during the next few weeks and became determined to meet them and discover more about this noble looking dog. Eventually it became too difficult to just drive by, so one day we stopped and said hello and were introduced to Charlie, the Newfoundland. Charlie, a very large, old and docile male Newf, was a rescue dog. During the next few weeks we met them many more times and learned of the qualities of this breed of dog. We learned of their gentleness, kindness and loyalty to their owners and became determined to eventually have one of our own.
My goodness! What a coincidence! Within weeks, while at our local post office, I noticed a homemade sign on the bulletin board advertising Newfoundland puppies for sale. This, to our way of thinking was just too good to be true. I made not of the phone number and the next day we were there looking at the last two remaining pups from the litter. We made our choice and two weeks later, our Life Among the Giants began.