Since some of you said you'd never seen the landseer (black and white) newfoundlands in pictures before, I decided to give you guys a few links to some pictures. All the pictures are of dogs from my breeder's lines. http://www3.sympatico.ca/rdoverman/jenna_3mos.jpg http://www3.sympatico.ca/rdoverman/duke_kalamazoo_stacked.jpg http://www3.sympatico.ca/rdoverman/eva2.jpg As you can see, they're beautiful! We're going with the straight black because we live in alabama, and the red clay tends to dye white fur really bad, so it'd be very very hard for us to keep a landseer clean enough to show and also do water work with it.
landseer is a recessive gene in newfoundlands, so in order to have a landseer litter, you can have them one of 3 ways. First, if you have 2 black dogs that are landseer recessive, you have a 1 in 4 chance of getting a landseer puppy. If you have 1 landseer and breed it with a black dog that is landseer recessive (these are usually the breedings my breeder does), half the puppies will be black (but all of the black pups will be landseer recessive), and half will be landseer. That's what the breeding that had 11 puppies out of was. If you breed a landseer to another landseer, all of the puppies will be landseer. However, in the US, people do not usually breed landseer to landseer, because the dogs tend to quickly evolve away from the traditional 'newfoundland' look for some reason. They become more refined looking with longer muzzles, lighter and narrower bodies and heads. This is because black newfs and landseer newfs initially were seperated geographically early in the development, and when bred seperately without black newfs, landseers tend to go back to the 'original' look, even though they 'breed true' when bred with black dogs. In Germany, the landseer is actually a seperate breed, I believe.
I was wondering, is it really difficult to raise a newfoundlands? i have always wanted to have one, but owning such a large dog would be new to me...are they are good breed to start off in caring for larger dogs? n also...do u have any idea of how to start a resuce for newfoundlands n other large dogs? i don't plan on funding one anytime in the very near future...but i do have a desire to fund one someday.
I think the place to start out on learning about rescueing any large breed dog starts with joining the National breed club for that breed. So for newfoundlands, that'd be the Newfoundland Club of America. There are already rescues organized through each of the breed clubs, your best bet would be to team up with an established rescue, learn how to do things and what to do, and then go from there. IMHO raising a big dog differs little from raising a small dog. There are a few differences, for example, a poorly trained and spoiled big dog with no manners jumping up on people is obviously a bigger problem (and possibly a danger) than a small dog like a beagle or shih tzu. But honestly, I've met many many more poorly behaved and trained small dogs because people let their small dogs get away with more and baby them more.
I'm on a waiting list to get my Newf! I can't wait, my husband and I are so excited. However, we're in for a bit of a wait, the breeder said we were 8 black male newfs down the list hehe. But that's ok, we don't mind waiting! Do you show, or is your dog just a pet? What do you think of him?
My newf is now 13 months. I am still deciding whether or not to show her, but we did enter a couple of shows already for experience. Right now we are working on obedience and she already has 2 legs toward her CD! I think she is wonderful, very pretty, and with quite the personality! She is black and has a lot of black spots on her tongue -which I have noticed in some other Moonfleet dogs. She is showing excellent potential for water rescue training and we are going to try for her WD this summer.
That's awesome! My husband and I really want ot do water rescue and obedience, and possibly draft work. The hard part about doing water rescue is we weill be doing all the training from scratch using Judy Adler's books as a guide. There's just not really any place ot get that kind of training in Alabama. I'm in the chat room if you want to chat.