So, (all the great works of Literature begin with the word so, the Bible starts “So, lemme tell ya…”)
Anyways, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted: So, I’m looking into getting a puppy. My girlfriend and I are going to be moving in together, and she’s got pets. In specific, she has one male cat who is mostly norwegian forest cat, and is about eight years old. She also has a young male ferret. The cat, named Bonzai, grew up around dogs so he should be cool with them, but he’s also gotten a bit possesive of his space as he’s gotten older and more ornery. He’s also declawed though.
I’ve been doing a bit of reading and looking at dog breeds, and I stumbled across the Newfoundland. From everything I’ve read, Newfies are very playful as puppies, and very good family dogs as they get older. (This is important because we’d probably like to have kids one of these days.) They also are big dogs, and I have to admit that as long as I’m getting a dog I’d like to get a big ol’ breed.
Now… we don’t really have the cash to throw around on dogs from any breeder, and we probably wouldn’t even if we did. I’ve been looking online and have found a few Newfies in local shelters who need good homes. However, the youngest will be about six months old by the time we’d be ready to adopt, and that’s at the earliest. Some of the literature I’ve read on Newfies says that they must be trained between four to six months or many tasks/behaviors become something that they can’t be taught. Is this what some of you Dopers have found? Should we wait till there’s a younger puppy at a local pound, or should a six to eight month old puppy be a good addition to our home?
Also, both my girlfriend and I will be working. Most likely during the day (I’m still looking for a job and haven’t finalized anything.). We’d certainly be able to give the puppy enough exercise before and after work, and there’s a large wooded area behind her apartment where the puppy could play fetch, and such. Now, I’ve read that Newfies are fine being lazy ol’ doggies when they’re older, but I know that puppies have blood made up entirely of MDMA and pleutonium. Would a puppy be miserable living in an apartment?
Would having a cat and ferret around give a puppy someone to play with or just cause problems? I’d also like to get a kitten at some point, maybe a large cat breed as well. Should a, say, Maine Coon Cat get along well with a spunky Newfie puppy? Maybe they could keep each other company and play while we were out of the house? Would it perhaps make sense to adopt them both at the same time, or should we count on Bonzai being a playmate for a pup?
Dopers, any ideas?