For Home and Show: A Day with Penny Shubert

For Home and Show: A Day with Penny Shubert

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Hosted by the NewPenDel Newfoundland Club

Penny Shubert has been grooming Newfoundland dogs for over 30 years including multiple BOB, BIS and BISS winners at the Newfoundland National Specialty, as well as other prestigious shows all over the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Two Individual Workshop Dates:

Saturday – February 16th, 2018

Sunday – February 17th, 2018

(Workshops will be the same on both days)

ALL experience levels welcome!

Learn from the best! Lecture, demonstration, and have one-on-one hands-on time with Penny!

Time:9:00am – 5:00pm (BOTH DAYS)

Location:Up Front Dog Center

128 Arneytown-Hornerstown Road

Allentown, New Jersey 08501

(Easily accessible from NJ Turnpike and I-195)

Working Slot: $125/day

Auditor Slot (observation only, no dog): $65/day

*** Workshop Registration (Working Slots and Auditor Slots) includes morning hospitality, lunch, and Penny’s own complimentary Grooming Booklet!! ***

Spaces are limited to 10-15 working slots per day in order to provide individual attention.

Limit of 20 auditors per day (without dogs) will also be accepted.

Seminar Information:                     ***Print and submit this page only***

Participants MUST bring: Freshly bathed, dried and combed out dog, a crate and water (all dogs not actively being groomed must be crated), grooming supplies (such as a pin brush, a comb, a slicker brush, straight shears, and/or blending/thinning shears), and a chair or a stool.

A Grooming Table and a Grooming Arm are recommended, but they are NOT NECESSARY to bring (please indicate on sign-up sheet). A dryer is also NOT NECESSARY.

Dogs must be familiar with standing on a grooming table, and must well-behaved around other dogs. This workshop with Penny is for Newfoundland dogs only.

Sign-up forms including payment made payable to NewPenDel Newfoundland Club must be received

NO LATER than February 5th, 2018.

IMPORTANT: In order to accommodate as many people as possible, and due to the limited number of Working Slots per day, we are asking people to be flexible. Our goal is two FULL workshop days with everyone getting maximum attention from Penny.

In the event one of the days does not sell out, entrants will notified and we will ask if you can switch days for your Working Slots. In the event one day’s Working Slots sells out and you cannot attend the workshop on the other day, we will try to accommodate you by seeing if others are available to switch their selected date. If no Working Slots can become available and you still cannot attend a desired date, then we will notify you and refund your full entry, or you can down grade to an Auditor Slot and be refunded the difference.

Penny Shubert Seminar Sign-Up Form

Participant: ____________________________________________________________________

Name of Dog: __________________________________________________________________

Address:  ______________________________________________________________________


Email: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________ Phone: ______________________

(Check all that apply) Working Slot Auditor Slot Flexible
Saturday, February 16th      
Sunday, February 17th      

NewPenDel Member? _____________ (not required to participate)

If you have one, can you provide your own grooming table? __________________

                        *** Make checks payable to ***                        Send Sign-up form and payment to:

                                                                                                                                       NewPenDel Newfoundland Club                             Kat Lynn: 26 Squan Road West

                                                                                                                                NewPenDel Newfoundland Club                                   Millstone Twp, NJ 08510




Section 1:      Obedience

  1. The following will be awarded a certificate:
  • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland in Beginner Novice.
  • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland in Novice A.
  • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland in Novice B.
  • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland in Beginner Open.
  • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland in Open A.
  • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland in Open B.
  • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland in Utility A.
  1. The following will receive an award:
    • Highest member-owned Newfoundland combined score in Open B and Utility B.
    • Highest scoring member-owned Newfoundland (in regular class).
    • Perfect Score Award—presented to each member-owned Newfoundland scoring 200 points in a regular class at an AKC show.
    • OTCH Award—presented to each member-owned Newfoundland earning an Obedience Trial Championship.

Section 2:      Working

The following will receive an award:

  • Top member-owned Sire in Working.
  • Top member-owned Dam in Working.
  • Top member Breeder in Working.

Section 3:      Conformation

The following will receive an award:

  • Top member-owned Sire in Conformation (minimum of 5 championships).
  • Top member-owned Dam in Conformation (minimum of 3 championships).
  • Top member Breeder in Conformation.
  • Top Show Dog (male who defeats the most Newfoundlands).
  • Top Show Bitch (female who defeats the most Newfoundlands).
  • Register of Merit—presented to each member-owned Newfoundland designated as ROM by the Newfoundland Club of America
  • Junior Showmanship Award—presented to the Junior Handler (family or individual member) who defeats the greatest number of dogs in Junior Showmanship competition at AKC point shows.
  • Best in Show Award—presented to each member-owned Newfoundland that is awarded Best in Show at an all-breed AKC show
  • Top Owner Handler Newfoundland Owner Handler who defeats the most dogs.

Section 4:      Versatility

The Versatility Award will be presented to each member-owned Newfoundland designated as a Versatile Newfoundland by the Newfoundland Club of America.

Section 5:      Working Achievements

                        The Working Achievement Award will be presented to each member-owned Newfoundland designated as receiving a working achievement title by the Newfoundland Club of America. 

Section 6:      Non-Competitive Certificates

The Living Legend Award will be presented to each member-owned Newfoundland following the date the Newfoundland reaches the age of ten (10) years.

Certificates will be awarded for Newfoundlands earning AKC Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) or a recognized therapy dog certification.  

Section 6:      General

  1. Each member-owned Newfoundland completing the requirements for a Breed Championship, CH, GCh, all AKC obedience titles, ThD, DD, TDD, WD, WRD and/or WRDX will receive an award.

Owner is responsible for sending copies of all certificates of titles achieved with this form.

  1. In case of multiple titles for the same dog, one award will be given per year.
  2. The awards year for all AKC titles and/or NCA titles, will be based on the calendar year January through December.
  3. Additional awards for breeder and/or co-owner may be purchased by the owner of a dog receiving an award at the club’s cost. Please contact Chris LaMuraglia directly for such requests.
  4. To qualify for an award/certificate, the owner of the dog must be a member or have applied for membership as of January 1st of the year for which the award is given. Dogs owned or co-owned by New-Pen-Del members are eligible for awards/certificates only if the dog permanently resides with the New-Pen-Del member.
  5. A photocopy of CGC, recognized therapy dog registration must be attached to form.


This year we are asking each Award winner to submit a favorite song along with 6 of your favorite photos of the Award recipient. We will be making an individual slide show to the sound of your favorite song, which we will be playing when you receive your award…and you will receive a DVD of the slide show as a memento of the achievement…

Request for 2016 Annual Awards 

Please review the guidelines to determine whether your Newfoundland(s) are eligible for an award/certificate. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NEW PEN DEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS REVISED THE POLICY TO STATE THAT ALL AWARDS ARE


This form must be submitted to:  Chris LaMuraglia

89 Old Clinton Rd

Flemington, NJ 08822



DEADLINE:  February 1, 2019 

Dog’s Registered Name:        _______________________________________________

Dog’s Call name                     ______________________________________________

Breeder/Co-Breeder:              _______________________________________________

Owner/Co-Owner:                  _______________________________________________

AKC Titles:

Title earned:    _______________________________          Date Finished:   __________


NCA Titles:

Title earned:    ________________________________        Date:   _________________

Top Awards:

Top Show Dog—List shows, dates, and number of Newfoundlands defeated:

Top Show Bitch—List shows, dates, and number of Newfoundlands defeated:

Top Sire in Conformation/Working—List titled offspring: 

Top Dam in Conformation/Working—List titled offspring: 

Top Breeder in Conformation/Working—List titled offspring

Highest Obedience Score in Regular Classes—List score, date, show

Special Awards:  List date, show.

Register of Merit (ROM):  _______________________________________________________

Versatility (VN):  _____________________________________________________________

Best in Show (BIS):  __________________________________________________________

OTCH Award:  __________________________________________________________

Perfect Obedience Score:  ________________________________________________

Best Junior Handler:  _____________________________________________________

Best Owner Handler: ________________________________________________________

Highest Scoring Newf:

Beginner Novice A or B: ____________________________________________

Novice A or B: ___________________________________________________

Open A or B: ____________________________________________________

Utility: ___________________________________________________________

Living Legend Recognition—one-time designation presented to each member-owned Newfoundland that reaches the age of ten.

Dog’s registered name:  _____________________________________________

Date of birth: _____________________________________________________

Dog’s Call name ___________________________________________________

Canine Good Citizen or Therapy Dog International – One time designation, please include a copy of CGC certificate or Therapy dog certification.

Dog’s registered name:  _____________________________________________

Dog’s Call name ___________________________________________________

New Pen Del will host Two Regional Specialties – The Celtic Classic in York, PA


New Pen Del will host Two Regional Specialties @ The Celtic Classic in York, PA

Back to Back Specialties with Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes

Saturday & Sunday March 16&17, 2019


Saturday John Constantine & Marjie Odle, Sweepstakes

Sunday   Lloyd Amodei & Amy Davis, Sweepstakes

We will have our usual wonderful hospitality and great Newfy Items for sale…We are working on a Super Raffle as well…The tradition continues with Trophies that will be uniquely wonderful Prairie Dog Pottery with our special New Pen Del design…..

There will be a reserved Newf Grooming area right near the ring…….. Saturday evening we will host our Awards Dinner, with some very special highlights and features this year, including the program style from last year that included photos and music for each title earner, along with a commemorative DVD….



Recently New Pen Del Board has become aware of at least 3 Newfoundland puppies, under the age of 1 year old, who have been referred to a local south- central Pennsylvania veterinarian because of aggressive behavior and biting family members.  These Newfoundlands have come from farms in the Lebanon-Lancaster region.  They have not been socialized and have been kept in barns.  Parents of the puppies have not been available for the buyers to see.  These Newfoundlands, while still considered puppies, are BIG dogs and have already caused significant injury.  They are not safe dogs and keeping them puts the dog’s family a risk.

To help you make the best choice of a loving, sweet temperament Newfoundland puppy, please go to the Newfoundland Club of America website homepage.  There you will find a caption, “Find a Newfoundland Breeder”.  Please read it and take the recommendations seriously so you will not experience heartbreak of buying an unhealthy or ill-temperament Newfoundland puppy.

Below is an adaptation explaining what you should know before you buy a cuddly little Newfoundland puppy.

DON’T GET A NEWFOUNDLAND Adapted by Marylou Zimmerman

This article has been adapted from: DON’T BUY A BOUVIER! by Pam Green (c.1992) (This article, written many years ago, has become a notorious classic in Bouvier circles. It has been reprinted many times by clubs to use for the education of prospective Bouvier owners. She gives her permission freely to all who wish to reprint and distribute it in hopes of saving innocent dogs from neglect and abandonment by those who should never have acquired them in the first place.)

Interested in being ‘owned’ by a Newf? You must be or you wouldn’t be reading this. You’ve already heard how marvelous Newfies are. Well, you should also hear, before it’s too late, that NEWFOUNDLANDS ARE NOT THE PERFECT BREED FOR EVERYONE. As a breed they have a few features that some people find charming, some people find mildly unpleasant and some people find downright intolerable. There are different breeds for different needs. There are over 200 purebred breeds of dogs in the world. Maybe you’d be better off with some other breed. Maybe you’d be better off with a cat. Maybe you’d be better off with goldfish, a parakeet, a hamster, or some house-plants.


The appearance of the Newfoundlands you have seen in the show ring is the product of many hours of bathing and grooming. This carefully constructed beauty is fleeting: a few minutes of freedom, romping through the fields or strolling in the rain restores the natural look. The natural look of the Newfy is that of a large, shaggy farm dog, usually with some dirt and weeds clinging to his tousled coat. His esthetics are those of an unmade bed. The true beauty of the Newf lies in his character, not in his appearance. There are many other breeds whose natural beauty of appearance far exceeds that of the Newf. Some of the long-coated and most of the short-coated breeds’ appearances are less dependent on grooming than is that of the Newfie. (See also the section on grooming below.) 


Newfies were bred to share in the work of the family (fishing, pulling carts, etc.) and to spend most of their waking hours working with the family. They thrive on companionship and they want to be wherever you are. They are happiest living with you in your house and going with you when you go out. While they usually tolerate being left at home by themselves (preferably with a dogdoor giving access to the fenced yard), they should not be relegated to the backyard or kennel. A puppy exiled from the house is likely to grow up to be unsociable, unruly, and unhappy. He may well develop pastimes, such as digging or barking, that will displease you and/or your neighbors. An adult so exiled will be miserable too. If you don’t strongly prefer to have your dog’s companionship as much as possible, enjoying having him sleep in your bedroom at night and sharing many of your activities by day, you should choose a breed less oriented to human companionship. Likewise if your job or other obligations prevent you from spending much time with your dog. No dog is really happy without companionship but the pack hounds are more tolerant of being kenneled or yarded so long as it is in groups of two or more. A better choice would be a cat, as they are solitary by nature. 


Basic obedience and household rules training is NOT optional for the Newf. As an absolute minimum, you must teach him to reliably respond to commands to come, to lie down, to stay, and

to walk at your side, on or off leash and regardless of temptations. You must also teach him to respect your household rules: e.g. is he allowed to get on the furniture? is he allowed to beg at the table? What you allow or forbid is unimportant; but it is *critical* that you, not the dog, make these choices and that you enforce your rules consistently. You must commit yourself to attending an 8 to 10 week series of weekly lessons at a local obedience club or professional trainer and to doing one or two short (5 to 20 minutes) homework sessions per day. As commands are learned, they must be integrated into your daily life by being used whenever appropriate and enforced consistently. Young Newfie puppies are relatively easy to train: they are eager to please, intelligent, and calm-natured, with a relatively good attention span. Once a Newfie has learned something, he tends to retain it well. Your cute, sweet little Newf puppy will grow up to be a large, powerful dog. If he has grown up respecting you and your rules, then all his physical and mental strength will work for you. But if he has grown up without rules and guidance from you, surely he will make his own rules and his physical and mental powers will often act in opposition to your needs and desires. For example: he may tow you down the street as if competing in a sled-dog race; he may grab food off the table; he may forbid your guests entry to his home. This training cannot be delegated to someone else, e.g. by sending the dog away to “boarding school”, because the relationship of respect and obedience is personal between the dog and the individual who does the training. While you definitely may want the help of an experienced trainer to teach you how to train your dog, you yourself must actually train your Newf. As each lesson is well learned, then the rest of the household (except young children) must also work with the dog, insisting he obey them as well. Many of the Newfs that are rescued from Pounds and Shelters show clearly that they have received little or no basic training, neither in obedience nor in household deportment; yet these same dogs respond well to such training by the rescuer or the adopter. It seems likely that a failure to train the dog is a significant cause of Newf abandonment. If you don’t intend to educate your dog, preferably during puppyhood, you would be better off with a breed that is both small and socially submissive, e.g. a Shetland Sheepdog. Such a dog does require training, but a little bit goes further than with a Newf. In the opposite direction, if your goals in obedience training are oriented towards success at high level competition (HIT, OTCh, and Gaines), please realize that the Newfie is not among the half dozen breeds best suited to such highly polished performance. (Newfs can, with adequate training, excel at such working competitions as agility, carting, tracking, and water rescue.) 


Dogs do not believe in social equality. They live in a social hierarchy led by a pack-leader (Alpha). The alpha dog is generally benevolent, affectionate, and non-bullying towards his subordinates; but there is never any doubt in his mind or in theirs that the alpha is the boss and makes the rules. Whatever the breed, if you do not assume the leadership, the dog will do so sooner or later and with more or less unpleasant consequences for the abdicating owner. Like the untrained dog, the pack-leader dog makes his own rules and enforces them against other members of the household by means of a dominant physical posture and a hard-eyed stare, followed by a snarl, then a knockdown blow or a bite. Breeds differ in tendencies towards social dominance; and individuals within a breed differ considerably. You do not have to have the personality or mannerisms of a Marine boot camp Sergeant, but you do have to have the calm, quiet selfassurance and self-assertion of the successful parent (“Because I’m your mother/father, that’s why.”), or successful grade-school teacher. If you think you might have difficulty asserting yourself calmly and confidently to exercise leadership, then choose a breed known for its socially subordinate disposition, such as a Golden Retriever or a Shetland Sheepdog, AND be sure to ask the breeder to select one of the more submissive pups in the litter for you. If the whole idea of “being the boss” frightens or repels you, don’t get a dog at all. Cats don’t expect leadership. A caged bird or hamster, or fish doesn’t need leadership or household rules. Leadership and training are inextricably intertwined: leadership personality enables you to train your dog, and being trained by you reinforces your dog’s perception of you as the alpha.


A Newf becomes deeply attached and devoted to his own family, but he doesn’t “wear his heart on his sleeve”. Some are noticeably reserved, others are more outgoing, but few adults are usually exuberantly demonstrated of their affections. They like to be near you, usually in the same room, preferably on a comfortable pad or cushion in a corner or under a table, just “keeping you company”. They enjoy conversation, petting and cuddling when you offer it, but they are moderate and not overbearing in coming to you to demand much attention. They are emotionally sensitive to their favorite people: when you are joyful, proud, angry, or grief-stricken, your Newf will immediately perceive it and will believe himself to be the cause. The relationship can be one of great mellows, depth and subtlety; it is a relation on an adult-to-adult level, although certainly not one devoid of playfulness. As puppies, of course, they will be more dependent, more playful, and more demonstrative. In summary, Newfs tend to be sober and thoughtful, rather than giddy clowns or sycophants. A number of breeds retain into adulthood a more puppyish and playful disposition, e.g. Australian Shepherd, Malamute, and others. Quite a few are far more dramatically demonstrative and/or more clingingly dependent, e.g. the Golden Retriever. 

DON’T GET A NEWFOUNDLAND IF YOU ARE FASTIDIOUS ABOUT THE NEATNESS OF YOUR HOME: The Newfoundland’s thick shaggy coat and his love of playing in water and mud combine to make him a highly efficient transporter of dirt into your home, depositing same on your floors and rugs and possibly also on your furniture and clothes. One Newf coming in from a few minutes outdoors on a rainy day can turn an immaculate house into an instant hog wallow. His full chest soaks up water every time he takes a drink, and then releases same drippingly across your floor or soppingly into your lap. Newfoundlands are seasonal shedders, and in spring can easily fill a trash bag will balls of hair from a grooming session, or clog a vacuum cleaner if left to shed in the house. I don’t mean to imply that you must be a slob or slattern to live happily with a Newf, but you do have to have the attitude that your dog’s company means more to you than does neatness and you do have to be comfortable with a less than immaculate house. While all dogs, like all children, create a greater or lesser degree of household mess, almost all other breeds of dog (except the Old English Sheepdog) are less troublesome than the Newfie in this respect. The Basenji is perhaps the cleanest, due to its cat-like habits; but cats are cleaner yet, and goldfish hardly ever mess up the house.


Most Newfie owners begin with some degree of distaste for drool, but as this is an integral part of the Newf, this dislike usually progresses to some level of nonchalance. A sure sign of a Newf addict is that not only do they not understand other people’s squeamishness for this substance; they spend many hours trying to come up with useful purposes for the gallons of drool that can be produced on a regular basis. Some say that the world record “drool toss” from an adult Newf is over 20 feet! This makes your walls and ceilings well within reach of even an average drooler. Newfies drool because of their jaw and mouth structure, which allows them to breathe while performing water rescue, this is a quality inherent in the breed. If you cannot get used to the idea of drool in your house, then try one of the many breeds of dogs that do not drool. Newfs are definitely in the minority in this category. Although I have heard of cats who drool, the quantity is not remotely comparable, and hamsters don’t drool at all.


The thick shaggy Newfoundland coat demands regular grooming, not merely to look tolerably nice, but also to preserve the health of skin underneath and to detect and remove foxtails, ticks, and other dangerous invaders. For “pet” grooming, you should expect to spend 10-15 minutes a day (e.g. while listening to music or watching television) on alternate days or half an hour twice a week. Of course any time your Newf gets into cockleburs, filigree, or other coat-adhering vegetation, you are likely to be in for an hour or more of remedial work. During “foxtail” season, (western US), you must inspect feet and other vulnerable areas daily. In Lyme disease areas during tick season, you will need to inspect for ticks daily. “Pet” grooming does not require a great deal of skill, but does require time and regularity. “Show” (beauty contest) grooming requires a great deal of skill and considerably more time and effort or expensive professional grooming. Almost every Newfie that is rescued out of a Pound or Shelter shows the effects of many months of non-grooming, resulting in massive matting and horrendous filthiness, sometimes with urine and feces cemented into the rear portions of the coat. It appears that unwillingness to keep up with coat care is a primary cause of abandonment. Many other breeds of dog require less grooming; short coated breeds require very little.


Newfs need exercise to maintain the health of heart and lungs and to maintain muscle tone. Because of his mellow, laid-back, often lazy, disposition, your Newfie will not give himself enough exercise unless you accompany him or play with him. An adult Newf should have a morning outing of a mile or more, as you walk briskly beside him, and a similar evening outing. For puppies, shorter and slower walks, several times a day are preferred for exercise and housebreaking. All dogs need daily exercise of greater or lesser length and vigor. If providing this exercise is beyond you, physically or temperamentally, then choose one of the many small and energetic breeds that can exercise itself within your fenced yard. Most of the Toys and Terriers fit this description, but don’t be surprised if a Terrier is inclined to dig in the earth since digging out critters is the job that they were bred to do. Cats can be exercised indoors with mouse-on-a-string toys. Hamster will exercise themselves on a wire wheel. House plants don’t need exercise.


Whether you live in town or country, no dog can safely be left to run “free” outside your fenced property and without your direct supervision and control. The price of such “freedom” is inevitably injury or death: from dogfights, from automobiles, from the Pound or from justifiably irate neighbors. Even though Newfs are home-loving and less inclined to roam than most breeds, an unfenced Newf is destined for disaster. A thoroughly obedience-trained Newfie can enjoy the limited and supervised freedom of off-leash walks with you in appropriately chosen environments. If you don’t want the responsibility of confining and supervising your pet, then no breed of dog is suitable for you. A neutered cat will survive such irresponsibly given “freedom” somewhat longer than a dog, but will eventually come to grief. A better answer for those who crave a “free” pet is to set out feeding stations for some of the indigenous wildlife, such as raccoons, which will visit for handouts and which may eventually tolerate your close observation.


Newfoundlands are not a cheap breed to buy, as running a careful breeding program with due regard for temperament, trainability, and physical soundness (hips especially) cannot be done cheaply. The time the breeder should put into each puppy’s “preschool” and socialization is also costly. The “bargain” puppy from a “back-yard breeder” who unselectively mates any two Newfs who happen to be of opposite sex may well prove to be extremely costly in terms of bad temperament, bad health, and lack of essential socialization. In contrast, the occasional adult or older pup is available at modest price from a disenchanted owner or from a breeder, shelter, or rescuer to whom the dog was abandoned; most of these “used” Newfs are capable of becoming a marvelous dog for you if you can provide training, leadership, and understanding. Whatever the initial cost of your Newfoundland, the upkeep will not be cheap. Being large dogs, Newfs eat relatively large meals. (Need I add that what goes in one end must eventually come out the other?) Large dogs tend to have larger veterinary bills as the amount of anesthesia, and of most medications, is proportional to body weight. Spaying or neutering, which costs more for larger dogs, is an essential expense for virtually all pet Newfs, as it “takes the worry out of being close”, prevents serious health problems in later life, and makes the dog a more pleasant companion. Newfoundlands are subject to two conditions which can be costly to treat: hip dysplasia and bloat. (Your best insurance against dysplasia is to buy only from a litter bred from OFA certified parents and [if possible], grandparents. Yes, this generally means paying more. While bloat may have a genetic predisposition, there are no predictive tests allowing selective breeding against it. Your best prevention is not to feed your dog too soon before or after strenuous exercise.) Professional grooming, if you use it, is expensive. An adequate set of grooming tools for use at home adds up to a tidy sum, but once purchased will last many dog-lifetimes. Finally, the modest fee for participation in a series of basic obedience training classes is an essential investment in harmonious living with your dog; such fees are the same for all breeds. The modest annual outlays for immunizations and for local licensing are generally the same for all breeds, though some counties have a lower license fee for spayed/neutered dogs. All dogs, of whatever breed and however cheaply acquired, require significant upkeep costs, and all are subject to highly expensive veterinary emergencies. Likewise, all cats.


The Newfoundland’s famous disposition as the “Gentle Giants” is not a fable, a Newf with the typical disposition of the breed would prefer to slobber a criminal that attack one. Also because of selective breeding for water rescue, Newfies are “soft-mouthed” dogs. In contrast to the protection-trained dog, trained to bite on direct command or in reaction to direct physical assault on his master, the “deterrent dog” dissuades the vast majority of aspiring burglars, rapists, and assailants by his presence, his appearance, and his demeanor. Seeing such dog, the potential wrong-doer simply decides to look for a safer victim elsewhere. For this job, all that is needed is a dog that is large and that appears to be well-trained and unafraid. The Newfoundland can serve this role admirably, with the added assets of generally dark color and shaggy “bestial” appearance adding to the impression of formidability and fearsomeness. If the dog has been taught to bark a few times on command, e.g.; “Fang, watch him!” rather than “Fifi, speak for a cookie”, this skill can be useful to augment the deterrent effect.


No dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want to move to a no-pet apartment or because he is no longer a cute puppy or didn’t grow up to be a beauty contest winner or because his owners, through lack of leadership and training, have allowed him to become an unruly juvenile delinquent with a repertoire of undesirable behaviors. The prospects of a responsible and affectionate second home for a “used” dog are never very bright, but they are especially dim for a large, shaggy, poorly mannered dog. A Newf dumped into a Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of survival — unless he has the great good fortune to be spotted by someone dedicated to Newf Rescue. The prospects for adoption for a youngish, well-trained, and well-groomed Newfie whose owner seeks the assistance of the nearest Newf Club or Rescue group are fairly good; but an older Newf has diminishing prospects. Be sure to contact your local Newf club or Rescue group if you are diagnosed as terminally ill or have other equally valid reason for seeking an adoptive home. Be sure to contact your local Newf club if you are beginning to have difficulties in training your Newfie, so these can be resolved. Be sure to make arrangements in your will or with your family to ensure continued care or adoptive home for your Newfoundland if you should predecease him. The life span of a Newfoundland is from 10 to 12 years. If that seems too long a time for you to give an unequivocal loyalty to your Newfoundland, then please, do not get one! Indeed, as most dogs have a life expectancy that is as long or longer, please do not get any dog!

In Conclusion, if all the preceding “bad news” about Newfies hasn’t turned you away from the breed, then by all means DO GET A NEWF! They are every bit as wonderful as you have heard! If buying a puppy, be sure to shop carefully for a *responsible* and *knowledgeable* breeder who places high priority on breeding for sound temperament and good health in all matings. Such a breeder will interrogate and educate potential buyers carefully. Such a breeder will continue to be available for advice and consultation for the rest of the puppy’s life and will insist on receiving the dog back if ever you are unable to keep it.

This information has been compiled by the Southeastern Newfoundland Club, as part of their comprehensive rescue program. We are grateful for their generosity in sharing this.

If you still have questions about buying a Newfoundland puppy, perhaps talking to a Newfoundland Ambassador and visiting an adult Newfoundland might help.  Contact may be made using the New Pen Del Newfoundland Club website.  Click on the “Contact” tab and complete the information.  You’ll be connected with a Newf owner that can provide further assistance.

The New-Pen-Del Newfoundland Club encourages and promotes the purebred Newfoundland dog