UNDERSTAND THE COMMITMENT
Newfoundlands were born to love, wet lips and all. Learn about the needs of a Newfoundland. Newfoundlands are high-maintenance companions who have a lot to offer in return for the attention and care that you provide.
GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR REGIONAL CLUB
A great place to learn about Newfoundlands first-hand is by attending regional club events. Regional clubs are a great place to learn about training for water work and draft or to get acquainted with other Newfoundland owners. Visit the Regional Club Listing.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT BREEDER FOR YOU
Find a breeder who cares about the breed and the health & welfare of each pup. Be prepared to be patient. Listen for what is said as well as what isn't said. Visit breeders when puppies are not available. Learn about how the adults move and behave. A Newfoundland should neither be hyperactive nor lethargic, and their movement should be graceful. Learn how the dogs interact with the owners and what their appearance of care is like. Confirm health clearances of adults online at the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
Selecting a Breeder
IS THE ADOPTION OF AN ADULT NEWFOUNDLAND THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?
Puppies are adorable, but they require training and rearing skills, and their demand for attention is very high. If you are seeking your first Newfoundland, an adult may give you the opportunity to learn about some of the typical personality traits while becoming familiar with their basic care. This can be very advantageous when you are ready to tackle the rearing of a puppy, and the presence of an adult often helps a growing puppy develop social skills. Some of the dogs in Rescue programs will require more attention than others to readjust to new environments. Rescue volunteers will be good resources for questions during this time.
Rescue Me Video (New-Penn-Del)
Read some experiences of dogs and owners in the Rescue program.