Newfoundlands are outgoing “people” dogs. They need to be with, around, near, on the lap, or underfoot of humans, because they thrive on love and attention. Consider your life-style and household schedule—do you travel a lot, do you work long hours, are you busy with your children’s activities? In other words, do you have time to give the love and attention a Newfoudland needs?
Newfoundlands need to have hard, exercise daily (20-30 minutes twice a day) or they may have trouble adjusting to the calm house-pet role expected by most owners. Dogs will not exercise by themselves. Their owners must interact with them. Newfoudlands that do not get enough exercise can exhibit behavior problems such as inappropriate chewing, excessive barking, unruly behavior, and digging. Fenced areas for safe exercise are a must! Senior Newfoundlands also require daily walks and play-time in order to stay healthy.
Newfoundlands should be brushed every other day and professional grooming costs $80 to $120 four times a year. Newfoundlands need to have their toenails cut regularly and most Newfoundlands need to have their ears cleaned frequently; both tasks are simple for the dog owner to learn to do.
Feeding one giant-sized dog for a year will cost about $600–$700. Routine veterinary expenses run between $200– 300 a year. Newfoundlands, like all breeds, have certain hereditary conditions. They are prone to hot spots, and ear infections, and occasionally have hypothyroidism (underproduction by the thyroid gland which is easily treated with daily oral medication) or hip and eye problems. Though many expenses are hidden in the grocery bill (food, dishes, leashes, collars, brushes, shampoos, toys, etc.), they do affect the family budget!
You want a fastidiously kept home. Newfoundland are a long, double-coated breed and they shed constantly. You will always find some dog hair around, especially on rugs, furniture, nicest clothes, and, oh yes, occasionally in your food. Like any other dog, Newfoundland can get ticks and fleas and their paws will track dirt, mud, and snow into the house. Newfoundland possess active tails, making clean sweeps of coffee tables. You want a guard dog. Though they may bark defensively, when it comes to brass tacks, they'd just as soon kiss the intruder and show him to the silver.