Hi, I am looking for a good dog.I don't really care about the size but am looking for a dog that doesn't demand excersise and is fairly low maintanence.Also a dog that doesn't shed too much i have dust allergies. I have looked into the newfoundland and it looks as though it might be the dog i have been looking for. But the only problem is that i have school from about 8 am to about 3.30. And both my parents will be at work so the dog will be alone for aprox. 6-7 hours a day but i will be able to walk it before school and we live across the road from the beach so it will be able to swim and play on the beach probably everyday. If anyone who owns one or Knows more pleasereplyand tell me what it is like to have one. i need to know how much it sheds and feedback if you have one what you do when you leave for a few hours. I know im a little picky, sorry. Thanks alot
Sorry, but if you're looking for low maintenance and low shedding, a Newfie isn't really going to be a good fit. You might also want to consider an older dog (perhaps a year or so) from a rescue or shelter who is crate trained and is also capable of being left alone for that length of time. There are a TON of dogs, both mixed breed & pure bred out there who are lovely, with wonderful dispositions looking for a forever home.
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A newfie is definatly not what you want. They require alot of brushing and shed everywhere. Not to mention the drool. If I were you, I would consider an older dog from the shelter or rescue. If you don't have much time to excersise him it may be a better option for both you and a dog. There are plenty out there that need some love.
I agree with what the others had to say. A puppy of any breed is going to have quite a bit of energy and need a lot of training. I once saw a show about a Newfie breeder and she had giant black trash bags full of hair after every grooming session. That's just from brushing and bathing, she didn't clip them. You may think size isn't a concern, but big dogs take up a lot of room. My Rottie's crate is huge, he takes up the entire back seat of the car and he sloshes water all over the place when he drinks. Most apartment complexes have size limits on dogs, too. These are all things I didn't consider when I decided on a large dog. Of course he is worth it all and I would do it over again in a heartbeat.
Seriously though, consider an adult dog from a shelter. The workers will be able to give you a good idea of its temperament and behaviour as they will be already established and plus it most likely will be neutered or spayed. A puppy should not be left alone for a long time and 6-7 hours is way too long. They can't hold their bladder for that long. Unless you wait until the summer holidays and spend it training the puppy, I would suggest getting one at a shelter or getting a cat.
By the by, a Newfie would be a good dog if you don't mind lots of shedding, drooling etc. And if you are considering shaving a Newfie to reduce the shedding and brushing requirements, don't. There are plenty of dogs that don't shed; schnauzers, wheaten terriers, poodles, bichons, shih-tzus etc. Most terriers don't shed. Also I think you have to enlist the dedication of all the members in your family in training a puppy so it can get consistent and fair training. Otherwise, if one person says one thing and another says another, the puppy will be very confused and may act out.
And if you get a puppy that doesn't shed, usually that means it requires grooming; meaning getting it's coat trimmed and brushing it regularly.
Lots of things to consider in getting a puppy...
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland