Do Newfoundlands make good family dogs?
A distinctive feature of the Newfoundland breed is its sweet temper.
Often referred to as the “groomer dog”, they are said to be great with children which makes them a good choice for a family dog.
I feel so fortunate that Sherman and Leroy will always be remembered as my kids’ family dog.
Shall I call them a “groom’s dog”?
Sherman Yeah, Leroy definitely doesn’t.
I have never been fond of the term “groom dog” as a common term to describe a beginner.
They could be cute, yeah. They can be great around kids, yeah.
But I feel the nickname “nanny dog” gives a false sense of security that they will be the perfect family dog from the start.
I see a lot of new Newfie owners totally shocked that Newfie bangs their kids, barks, makes house mess etc.
They are quickly overwhelmed by this fast-growing puppy that is difficult to manage and absolutely nothing like a groomer.
In fact, in many cases, it appears that owners need a nanny to take care of Newfie while taking care of the children.
I’ll be honest with you, when my husband decided he wanted to tell Roy, I wasn’t on the plane.
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I knew I had my hands full with a 3-year-old, 5-year-old, 1 1/2 year-old and (2) 6-year-old Beagles.
There was no time to get another dog, but the more I thought about it, the more I convinced myself that I was out of my mind to take the opportunity to get another beginner and that I should seize the opportunity while I had a chance.
Let’s just say that if Leroy came first there wouldn’t be any other pets in our house.
Newfies can make great family dogs but growing families must have full knowledge of what it takes to reach that destination.
Newfoundland dogs with their families
Newfoundlands are happiest with their families
Freshmen are happiest when they are at the side of a human and do not do a good job when they have been without their companions for long periods of time.
Busy families who travel a lot and leave a Newfoundland behind may want to consider another breed of dog or wait entirely before they acquire a dog.
On the flip side, if you choose to travel with your Newfie, be prepared to pack some extra bags for them and make sure your travel destination is dog-friendly!
Beginners should not be chained outside or left in the garage when their families are at home or outside.
Unless the temperature is as cool as 20 degrees with snowfall, Newfies prefer to stay indoors with their owners.
Newfoundlands have been known to suffer from separation anxiety
Since Newfies are happiest when they are with their families they feel sad and bored when left alone for long periods of time.
This can lead to destructive behaviors like chewing on walls, peeking, excessive barking, scratching, urination and defecation.
It might take some time for this cute giant gene to emerge
I used to think they forgot about the cute giant gene when they made Leroy.
Sherman was very nice and comfortable and was licking like a four-legged hurricane.
Not all Newfoundlands are nice to begin with and it may take several years to get there.
They go through different stages of life and some are more difficult than others.
Freshmen need training and they need to be taught manners otherwise it can be ruinous.
Tossing, hopping, barking, and digging are some of the behavioral problems that can be seen in newborns.
Newfoundlands can cost a lot of money to collect
Beginners need training, food, nutritional supplements, veterinary care, personal care supplies, exercise and pet insurance.
These expenses can add up to just starting families especially if your dog has one of the many health issues that can be seen in the breed.
Some of the health issues Newfs can face like a torn cruciate on your knees can wipe out your savings or you may have to skip a car payment or utility bill if you’re prepared.
I’ve seen it happen many times and it has happened to me.
Newfies are messy
When you partner with Newfoundlands for some time, you’ll come across the phrase “Newfie is more than just a dog, it’s a way of life.”
It is a typical way of life that people with Newfies live.
Neo are not the breed for clean, tidy families.
I’m not cranky but I loved clean floors. Especially when my children were crawling around the ground and learning to walk.
She quickly gave it up and came to the conclusion that all the hair and saliva would boost their immune system.
Hair will happen, wet floors, and mud will happen. You will drive yourself crazy and try to keep up.
I’m not naive, I have a new family and choose to spend time with them rather than worrying about my material things being less than perfect.
Hunting dogs in Newfoundland with children
Kids need training, too
Families with young children should not only be prepared to train their Newfoundland but also to train their children.
Newfies are huge dogs that resemble teddy bears and some of them can be very small cuddling toddlers, but kids must always learn to respect Newf’s personal space.
It can also be an easy jungle gym for toddlers who love climbing.
While most Newfoundlands can tolerate this behavior because they love their family, it is not an ideal position for any dog and accidents can happen.
Newfoundlands are dogs with the ability to be stunned. Usually a dazed dog’s instinct is to bite.
Most of the time this bite isn’t a full-on, aggressive bite, but it’s more than a novice stupor, he quickly turns around and takes care of his teeth with the skin.
This happened to my daughter before with Sherman.
Sherman was asleep, went up and blew into his ear and Sherman turned like an insect on him and scratched his teeth on my daughter’s cheek.
Sherman was not aggressive, Sherman was stunned.
A child should never be left alone with a novice, especially when it is a young puppy or an elderly adult.
Supervision should always be there.
Some beginners tend to view children as playmates, so it is important to teach your child not to handle a rough house with a newbie because the beginner can easily use its large size to outrun a small child resulting in an injury.
Newfoundland dog sitting with a little girl
It will not compare to any other dog
If you decide that the Newfie is exactly the dog breed your family needs, be prepared not to compare any other dog to this.
You have set the standards high and this dog, this very special dog, will provide many years of loyalty, laughter, comfort and tears to your family.
He will forever be known as the best family dog ever, and your kids will never forget him, if you have them.
I was thinking about this the other day.
Sherman and Leroy are Gracie and Bobby’s childhood dogs.
They will be remembered forever.
They will tell their family about their childhood dogs just like I told them about my dogs and I am so happy I can give them this gift.