Yay, another Monday, and that means time to share more of the adventure that is owning a Newfoundland. I will probably shut down a lot of peoples’ interest today in ever owning one of these amazing and beautiful dogs. Well, unless you are a cruel and evil person, then you won’t care. In that case, I hope we never cross paths since I can’t abide people who would ever mistreat an animal that gives such unconditional love.
What you see in that picture is the most bare essentials that you MUST have to properly care for your Newfoundland. I won’t share brands and such since I believe that it is all subjective, and none of them are sponsoring me, so no free press for them. A Newfoundland’s coat is a very big part of the animal. It is also where you will be spending hours maintaining your beloved friend. Their coat is thick and luxurious. It is also prone to matting and knots and clumps and collecting every sort of twig, brier, bramble, and snow clot that the Newfoundland walks over or through.
Whether or not you plan to show your dog is irrelevant. They still require regular brushing. To ignore that is to have knots that pull and breed sores, skin problems, and a whole mess of issues that bring discomfort to your Newfoundland. You should plan on at least an hour every other day AT A MINIMUM. And that is something that many people do not consider when they seek out one of these dogs. They are not a breed that can be left on autopilot. You must make a commitment of time. If you can’t, then I strongly urge you to abort plans on owning a Newfoundland. The books won’t tell you this, and that is why I am sharing it here…this is not a breed that can be taken lightly. They are going to NEED you, and they will require minimal care that is much more than you might realize.