There are quite a few articles floating around that describe the Newfoundland as a lazy dog breed.
In fact, one article places them at the number 1 laziest dog breed in existence:
“The Newfie, dubbed the gentle giant, requires encouragement to exercise. Actually, encouragement is probably an understatement. These dogs are so lazy that they may simply refuse to move, which is a problem when you’re talking about a 100-pound dog.”
The article was obviously written by someone who has never met let alone owned a Newfoundland.
It’s articles and writers like this that give people the wrong impression and quite honestly, it doesn’t help a prospective new owner at all.
In reality, anyone who has owned, or knows anything about Newfies, knows that they are anything but lazy.
Sure, many of the pictures that you see on the internet show a Newfie flat as a pancake sprawled out on the floor catching a snooze.
Calm and laid-back should not be confused with laziness.
Newfoundlands are a powerful working breed and they have the great ability to adapt to their environment.
This means that they know when it’s time to relax and when it’s time to work.
They are smart.
They are stubborn.
And their lifestyle can definitely reflect their family’s lifestyle.A healthy adult Newfoundland doesn’t require encouragement to exercise.
Sure, if they’re not in the water swimming, on land pulling a cart, doing therapy work or learning obedience, they are right by our side on a walk, helping with yard work or making sure we stay out of trouble, then they might be taking a nap.
And Newfie puppies are quite the opposite of lazy.
Newfies of any age need daily exercise, mental stimulation and human interaction.
Responsible Newfoundland owners know that a lazy Newfoundland equals an overweight Newfoundland.
An overweight Newfoundland equals a dog with orthopedic problems.
Orthopedic problems equal a shorter lifespan.
If you allow your Newfoundland to be lazy, they are going to be lazy.
The average dog sleeps about 12-14 hours a day with puppies and senior dogs averaging a bit more sleep per every 24 hours.
A healthy adult Newfie should not be sleeping 20 hours a day.
Newfie may rise up slowly and shuffle their paws across the floor but once they get going, they can go hard and full speed.
A Newfie isn’t as active as let’s say a Border Collie, but they are active dogs when given the chance.