Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Newfoundland puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Newfoundland

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Newfoundland the right breed for you?

Newfoundlands: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Newfoundland Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Newfoundland?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No dogs of the same sex in the household
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Newfoundland stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as carting, sledding, or weight pulling; challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate
  • Trimming – a little bit, every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Newfoundlands are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with heavy shedding and drooling/slobbering
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Newfoundland to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Newfoundland, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Newfoundland?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Newfoundland be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Newfoundland?

Newfoundlands are common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Newfoundlands rank 35th. It's not difficult to find this breed.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Newfoundlands are sometimes available from Dog Rescue groups. Newfoundlands may be turned over to Rescue because they shed or slobber too much. Owners often give up their Newfoundland due to dominance issues, or aggression toward other dogs. You would need to provide these dogs with the training and socialization that they are lacking. Other Newfoundlands are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Newfoundlands are sometimes found here, but Newfoundland Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. When a Newfoundland turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Newfoundland from a show breeder, who breeds Newfoundlands to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Newfoundland from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Newfoundland puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal elbows
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or a report from a veterinary cardiologist – dated within the past year – certifying that the dog has had an Advanced Cardiac Exam and has a normal heart

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Newfoundland puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary urinary disease called cystinuria.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Newfoundland ends up with crippled joints and heart disease.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Newfoundlands are occasionally found crammed into a pet shop cage. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Newfoundland Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Newfoundland puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Newfoundland puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.