Yea, this is just a celebration of the dog. They're pretty darn expensive and not the best for my place full of guitars and 2 old cats 19 and 21.Those are working dogs....livestock guardians. And loving pets I presume....but not easy, and not what they are meant and bred to do. Try a doberman, or even an old fashioned German shepherd if you want a regulation-sized guard dog.
They are not the easiest to train they say. And I believe they drool. Plus they'll kill any friends you have that come visit you.Those are working dogs....livestock guardians. And loving pets I presume....but not easy, and not what they are meant and bred to do. Try a doberman, or even an old fashioned German shepherd if you want a regulation-sized guard dog.
I've owned Newfoundlands for about a quarter of a century now. We're on our fifth and six, males from the same litter (twins!), that are a little over a year old. They are our favorite breed.
(A few weeks ago, there was somebody from a rescue org on NBC's "Today" saying that big breeds are big breeds and small breeds are small breeds. There are no inherent personality differences. What a bunch of b.s. I suspect he was lying in an effort to get people to just adopt, adopt, adopt.)
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Newfs don't really slobber as much as advertised. What they do is drink a lot of water, and after they drink, their muzzles are quite gooby. And, yeah, they'll shake their heads and the spit will fly.
As for their longevity... Our first and fourth Newfs died of cancer at about five and a half. Our middle two lived to be 12. I think they tend to live longer than, say, Great Danes.
We also have another giant breed dog. He's half Anatolian Shepherd and half Pyrenese Mountain dog (like a bleached out Newf with a more narrow snout), but looks 100% Anatolian.
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On top of that, we have a Basset, which has short legs but is a large breed dog, and a classic small white dog. For awhile, we also had a Siberian Husky, which turned me into a Husky hater.
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No problem. I've got a pretty big Dogue de Bordeaux aka French Mastiff right now. She weighs right at 130 lbs and is 3 yrs old. They're a giant breed, also.
Farm near Albuquerque uses them, incredible dogs.