We’ve had Wally the Newfoundland Dog for a week. Here are some common questions I get about him, including some observations:
- He’s so cute and laid back!
What puppies aren’t cute? His fur will change as he gets older, although it will still remain soft and long, requiring brushing at least once a week. He’ll probably need a bath every 2-3 weeks, too.
- His paws are huge! He’s going to be big.
He’ll probably be at least 150 pounds within two years. Some males exceed 180 pounds. His paws are webbed, too, but not all Newfs like water. We haven’t taken Wally to a beach yet, although he loves the small wadding pool in our backyard.
- Does he eat a lot?
He eats 3-4 cups of dry and wet food a day. He’ll be eating about 10 cups of food a day as an adult. We’ll be feeding him a premium dry dog food as long as we can afford it.
- Does he drool a lot?
Not yet. His skull and jowls aren’t developed yet. We expect to be washing gobs of drool off the floor and walls within six months. Here’s a video of a Newfoundland dog drooling.
- He seems too laid back.
He was well socialized. The breeders we got him from did a wonderful job introducing him to new experiences, being around lots of other dogs and people. Plus, puppies sleep a lot. Wally is active until around 3pm, taking a nap every couple of hours before then. After that, he sleeps more often, although at around 10pm he has another spurt of energy that lasts for about 45 minutes.
- Is Wally house-trained yet?
No. It usually takes between 1-3 weeks. He shits and pisses on newspaper during the night, and sometimes he attempts to do his business in the house during the day. You just have to be observant and quick when he starts squatting.
Here’s a more complete and general list of Frequently Asked Questions about Newfoundland Dogs.
He gets attention wherever we take him, although women seem to be drawn to him more than men.