The other day I was searching the internet for something about the Newfoundland.
While searching I kept coming across facts about the Newfoundland that I just believe aren’t true. The thing that bothered me was that this information was top in the search engines. Now we all know (at least I hope many of us do) that you can’t believe everything that you read on the internet, but when someone is searching for something on the internet because you’re trying to learn, it’s hard to determine fact from fiction, especially when the first 6 articles are written by someone who is just shooting out articles that they know nothing about.
Here’s a few false statements about the Newfoundland breed that I found just in a small search:
A Newfoundland is a moderate maintenance breed.
FALSE. A Newfoundland is high maintenance and requires daily, if not weekly, grooming. “Its grooming needs are not demanding and it fits well for owners who are not willing to spend time and money on upkeep.” WHAT?????? Even if you decide to handle your Newfoundland’s grooming needs at home, you’re still going to need a lot of money for grooming tools and time. You’re going to need a lot of time too.
A Newfoundland is easy to train.
FALSE. While a Newfoundland is very smart, sometimes too smart for their own good, they need to be trained well and early on in their puppy years. Their training also needs to extend into their adult years. A bored Newfoundland can be a destructive Newfoundland and since a Newfoundland is a working dog, many will need to be given a job to keep them out of trouble.
A Newfoundland is slightly active and does not need much exercise to stay in shape.
FALSE. While a Newfoundland isn’t a dog that’s going to be running marathons, they still need daily exercise to stay in shape. Many Newfoundlands could nap the day away on the couch if they were allowed but a non-active Newfoundland will become an overwight Newfoundland which will lead to many health problems and joint issues down the road. They are also a massive working breed that need to keep their muscle mass intact to keep moving into their senior years.
A Newfoundland is good for people with busy and active lifestyles who are often away.
FALSE. A Newfoundland is a family dog. They are most happy with their family, not locked in the house all day by themselves. Many Newfoundlands will be become depressed or destructive if they are left alone too often.
A Newfoundland is good for people who have little experience with dog ownership.
FALSE. Not only do you have to know about dogs when you have a Newfoundland, you should also have some knowledge of giant breed dogs. A Newfoundland is not just a dog, it’s a lifestyle. Your house and your life will never be the same.
Not all Newfoundlands drool.
FALSE. While some may drool less than others, they all drool at some point. Taking a drink of water, panting or begging, a drop of spit is sure to fall at some point during the day, month or year. Dry Mouth Newfoundlands are a breed made up by someone who has altered the breed for their or YOUR satisfaction.
When I see articles that give false information about the Newfoundland like I stated it above, it’s no wonder that so many Newfoundlands find their way into rescue.
How can you help? Get involved! If you’re a Newfoundland owner you can start by educating people who you come in contact with that ask about the breed. Bust the myths and present the facts. They are beautiful, loving dogs but they need people to understand they also need a lot of dedication.