So you want a Newf......
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So you think you want a Newf.  Great!!!  But I am sure you have read or heard,
and if not let me tell you, a Newf isn't the breed of dog for everyone.  
Newfs are big!!  Newfs do drool, some more than others.  Newfs shed.  Newfs need
their families, they are not solitary dogs happy to spend their days out in the
back yard alone.  Newfs are lower keyed than other dogs, but do need exercise
and are not couch potatoes.  Newfs can have health issues.  Vet fees are more.  
Grooming cost are more.  They do eat more food.  So overall, the cost is more.  
Are you sure this is what you want?  Since they are big, you must train your dog!  
You may not mind an unmannered dog, but others don't like them.  Newfs will be
blamed for any neighborhood problems by default of their size alone.  "The Newf
must have done it."  Newfs do require leadership from their humans, just like any
dog does.  

If you are still interested, keep reading, otherwise, perhaps you should consider
a different breed.
Now the good things about Newfs!!!  A Newf is a
devoted companion to both child and adult.  They
have a sweet disposition and expressive soft face
that reflects the characteristics of the breed -
benevolence, intelligence and dignity but yet
completely ready for fun.  They are exceptionally
gentle and docile in nature.  They are loyal, strong
and easy to train because they want to please their
humans.  They definitely think they are lap dogs
and need to be with their families.  Newfs generally
love water.  They are comfortable both on land
and in the water.  They love to dribble water from
their drinking bowl across your floor, they
completely enjoy "creating" their own puddle in
your kitchen by dumping their water or to save that
last gulp, then put their head in your lap and let
it all out.  They love to snuggle.  For those who
love the Newf, there can be no other.
We at Bydand feel there are some very important things you should consider
when you are searching for your new family member.  Availability and price
should not out weigh everything.  Your connection to the breeder is very
important.  If you do not feel comfortable talking to them, and feel like this
could be a new friend in your life, keep searching.  The relationship between
breeder and new owner is very important.  Your breeder should be there for
you and your Newf, for the life of the dog and beyond.
Since Newfs do have health issues, you should ask
your potential breeder what tests they do to help
minimize the potential for problems in your new pup.  
Don't be fooled by that beautiful ball of fluff.  All that
fur could be hiding a big heartache in the future.

A reputable breeder should check their dogs for hip
and elbow health.  Should ensure their breeding animals
are free of heart problems.  Should test their animals for
cystinuria.  If the breeder doesn't check their animals for
these things at a minimum, move on.  The breeder you
choose should screen puppies for any heart problems that
may be detected prior to their going home.
Of course all of these things do not guarantee that some problems will not pop up from
recessive genes or environmental issues some time in the dogs life.  But it does tell you, the
breeder has done all possible to minimize the potential for a problem.   The individual
genes that come together to produce each puppy are out of the breeders control.

Even though the breeder has done everything possible to ensure you a healthy puppy,
there isn't such a thing as a perfect puppy or dog, no matter if it is a show potential puppy
or a family companion.  Breeders can not predict the size a dog will eventually become or
if the dog will have any other issue, which may include skin problems, torn or ruptured
cruciate, elbow and shoulder problems, eye problems, cancers or any other illness.  Just
like a child in your family, these issues must be cared for and some can be very costly.  I
highly recommend you check out pet insurance and decide if this is something you need
to purchase.  A dog is a living being and must be cared for as long as it lives, hopefully for
the next 10 to 12 years.  You must be committed to care for and love the dog.   

Here at Bydand, we take breeding seriously.  We are active breeders, usually breeding
around 2 or 3 times per year.  Dogs tend to cycle close to each other, so there may be 2
litters on the ground at once.  We consider and contemplate a breeding far before it
happens.  We study pedigrees, health clearances and pictures of dogs in the pedigree.  We
want you to have the best possible Newf.  Since we are breeding for our next generation
and our future show ring champions, we do take our breedings very very serious.

Our pups have been well socialized.  They are familiar with children, large dogs, the cat, a
crate, they wear collars and have been on car rides.  We leave the professional health care
up to a professional, they see our vet for their health checks.  

We do offer a one year replacement guarantee on our pups.  Also, any time you can no
longer keep your Newf, regardless of age or reason, please contact us, we never want to
see our Newfs in rescue or at a shelter.  It would break our hearts.

If you are interested in a pup from us.  Please fill out our questionnaire along with your
phone number and the best time of day to call.  The questionnaire helps me see how our
puppy will live and what you are looking for.  It also helps during your phone interview,
as I do speak to many people and it does help me keep things straight.  We look forward
to getting acquainted with you
the breed standard for Newfoundlands, please
read the current accepted AKC breed standard.  
and to educate the potential puppy family so they know the breeder's claims of health
testing and accomplishments are true.  If you are interested in viewing these pages,
here is the link.  

Newfoundland Club of America
Evaluating A Breeders Website