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.  If you leave them to
wander and find their own entertainment, 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 some time in the dogs
life from recessive genes or environmental issues.  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 serious.

Our pups have been well socialized.  They are familiar with other large dogs, the cat, a
crate, they wear collars and have been on car rides.  We leave the professional health care
up to the professionals, Dr. Pearson and Dr. Schlecht at
Prairie Vet Hospital in Jamestown, ND.

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
.
A reputable breeder should provide you with the results of health tests that have been done on the
parents.  This can be done via the breeder providing a link to the dogs individual page on the open
database at the Orthopedic Foundation of Amercia's website (
OFA), or by you requesting actual copies
of the certification.  

A reputable breeder should be involved with the breed beyond just making puppies.  You should ask do
they show their dogs in conformation, or perhaps compete in working events that are classic to the
breed (water work or drafting).  The involvement in breed activities show that the breeder knows the
breed standard and is producing dogs that meet that standard.