I read an article the other day that listed the Newfoundland as the top laziest dog breed. The Newfoundland was #1.
“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.”
I personally like most “list” posts, except for ones that offer misinformation about dog breeds. It hurts the breed and it’s misleading.
Just like this one.
Someone out there is going to read that post and think, “Awesome. I don’t have to do anything with this dog! Let’s get one!”
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.
But Newfoundlands are a powerful working breed.
They are smart.
They are stubborn.
A Newfie that refuses to move isn’t lazy, he’s smart.
Every Newfoundland knows the word “move” but they also know that you’re only going to ask them once to move and if they don’t, you won’t say it again.
That’s a win for them.
A smart win.A 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.
A very well deserved nap.
Does that sound lazy?
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.
It’s your responsibility to get them up, moving, and exercising.
Take them for a walk.
Play with them in the yard.
Work on training.