Newfoundland or Great Dane

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Brodie Bear

The Furry- Bull-Dozer
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 12:58pm PST 
I have 3 dogs. A dachsund boy, scottish terrier girl and now an eng bulldog boy. They are all inside doggies. We arent getting another one anytime soon, but are interested in x-large breeds. It would be inside as well.

My husband loves great danes and i adore newfies. I just need to know which one if any would suit our lifestyle the best.

We live in an 1800 sq feet condo that we are purchasing. It has a large enclosed back deck but only a tiny front yard. It does however had plenty of places to take the doggies for leashed walks. It is in the city but it's kinda set back in a country looking area with trees and grass and a big lake. I take the dachshie and scottie walking a lot. They take turns every other day getting a long walk of about 1.8 miles. Brodie the bully doesnt like to get out and go to far b/c he gets tired and hot easier.

Would a newfie or great dane be happy with this lifestyle w/out a big yard as long as they are excercised enough and which would be better for my small doggies???

Any advice would be great.

Edited by author Thu May 3, '07 1:17pm PST

Montecristo- (Monte)

That'll do, pig
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:03pm PST 
I think that newfies have a lot in common with Saint Bernards insofar as they do not thrive in the heat. I saw that you live in GA. You might want to look around on dogster at other newfies that are living in warm climate areas and see what kind of precautions are needed to keep such a big, hairy dog in such a warm climate.

Also...how willing to tolerate slobber are you? I'm not sure...are bulldogs slobbery? Newfies and saints can both get pretty messy, so be sure you stock up on PLENTY of drool rags and/or aprons, to keep your house and guests slobber free.

One incidental expense of a giant breed dog...if you do not have a big car (SUV, minivan, etc), get one...we just bought a new vehicle to accomodate our pig because our sedan just wasn't cutting it!

Regardless, you like two breeds that are also very close to my heart, best of luck with your someday search!
Brodie Bear

The Furry- Bull-Dozer
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:16pm PST 
I do have a suv and a big truck!!!

Bulldogs also can not tolerate heat and all of my doggies stay inside so i dont have to worry about that. I only take Brodie the bully walking when it is cool in the evening.

Brodie doesnt drool so much but he does leave slobbery stuff on the furniture when he chews on toys and bones.

My main thing i am worried about is if they would be happy w/out the yard and stuff??? because i know newfies love to swim.

My husband wants a dane but i know they can have a lot of health issues.


Grizzy Grace. <3
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:22pm PST 
I think, for your living condition, I'd get a Dane.
But, Danes can be same-sex agressive, so if you want a male with an English Bulldog? That could spell trouble.
A female would be much more suitable.

I am larger than- life, no really- I AM
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:24pm PST 
Definitly lots of slobber no matter which you pick BOL
Excerise can subsitute for a yard so as long as you take them on long walks I don't see that as a problem.
If you choose a puppy be aware that GDs espacially are difficult to raise, they need special food and lots of care because they get so large. Also their life expectancy is quite short so think about wether that is something you can deal with. In general your food bill will sky rocket.
Newfies often are underestimated because they look like big teddy bears. they are working dogs and need to be kept busy, physically as well as mentally. They tend to love water so that lake might just be the perfect place. As for the heat issue, that is definitly a thing to consider, you can however shave the fur in the hot summer months (they look like lions when shaved, lots of fur on the head, shorter hair on the body).
Both breeds are devoted, loving companions, properly socialised and introduced neither should be a problem with the existing dogs.
As with any large breed proper formal training is a must!
Brodie Bear

The Furry- Bull-Dozer
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:28pm PST 
Would a male be bad since my eng is neutered??? All of my doggies are fixed. i kinda worry about a female b/c my scottie girl seems to like males more. She (Allee) is the more dominant of my dogs. She is kinda like their boss.

Brodie the bully is sooooooo laid back he never gets mad of course he is just 9 months old. But the other 2 can do anything and Brodie just doesnt care. Bama the dacshie mostly keeps to himself he gets intimadated w/ Allee and Brodie's rough play!!!

So, Great Danes can tolerate heat well??? I am sure that a dane will be the choice b/c my husband loves them. U see i wanted the dachsie and scottie and he has always like bullies and great danes.
I am just worried about bathing it and stuff inside. Brodie is a handful sometimes for me and he is just 45 pounds!!! I am small myself and i generally spend more time taking care of the doggies b/c i am home more and they are just my life! So, i have to consider what i can handle since i am the primary caregiver. He wants and likes doggies and gives attention, but i feed, bathe and take them for most of their walks and stuff.

Edited by author Thu May 3, '07 1:34pm PST


Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:38pm PST 
Pick a Dane ,pick a dane!!!
As you can see ,I might be a little biased,but...
When you are considering the size of your condo ,you might also want to consider the amount of hair and grooming requirements of a newfy. HOLY HAIR!!!
Constant brushing,hairbunnies ,and professional grooming (moms a groomer).They are intolerant of heat,but so are Great Danes .I won't stay outside if the temp gets above 70.
I went to puppy school ,just as any dog would need to do. I potty trained in a month .I don't know where the idea came that we are hard to train.Every dog needs training .Love ,consistancy and excersize are what every dog needs. They will give you what you put in.
As for diet...I eat Eagle Pack Holistic for Giant Breeds ,with low protein and fat,but you will need that with a newfy too.Every breed has health issues ,but if you find a reputable breeder ,they can be dramatically reduced.
And as for lifespan...My great grandparents are still alive and thriving at 12 years old.It's all about the breeding and health testing done by the breeder.
I also have a 3 year old human sister who I adore! She lays all over me ,feeds me ,and gives me treats. I would defend her to the death ,if need be!
I do like newfies though,they are great dogs too.
But there is nothing like a Dane !

Edited by author Thu May 3, '07 1:54pm PST


Grizzy Grace. <3
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:41pm PST 
Even neutered males, of both Bulldogs and Danes, are pre-disposed to same sex agression with dogs.
That's why I can't have another male Bullmastiff. cry
Brodie Bear

The Furry- Bull-Dozer
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:42pm PST 
Hey Max thanx!!!

I know what u mean about the long hair and grooming with newfies. To be honest i dont know much about them i just think they are so pretty.

I have read more up on great danes. I have heard that they shed. Is is real bad? I know when we got Brodie i assumed he wouldnt shed much having short hair. Boy was I wrong. Then i got a bulldog book and read up more and found out the shedding is normal> My longhaired dachshie sheds the least, then my scottie and Brodie is horrible. I sweep up huge piles of those white hairs everyday!!!

Edited by author Thu May 3, '07 1:44pm PST

Brodie Bear

The Furry- Bull-Dozer
Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:43pm PST 
Thanks miss grace. i just hope Allee wouldnt make it mad. U know how terriers can be. Sometimes when she is sleeping in my lap and Brodie or Bama even looks her way she shows those teeth!
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