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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrero View Post
    Yeah, I'm looking at the dogzonline breed list again and trying to think of other dog breeds I know.

    It's difficult trying to find a breed that I like looks wise and requirements wise. The only other dog I have been interested in is a Maremma, but they aren't really suitable either

    I like my big dogs! What can I say


    Maybe some of you could suggest some breeds to me?
    Saint Bernard?

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    Just thinking outside the box. Does it really have to be a pure breed? Have you thought of going to the pound to see if a dog there captures your heart?

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    does it have to be a "fluffy" dog?

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    Isn't a Saint Bernard in the same boat as a newfie?


    We actually aren't in a position to get a dog at the moment anyway. Our move to Cairns has been the biggest mistake and we are going downhill FAST! I won't get into details here, but yeah, it's not good.

    BUT before you all start asking "why the hell are you looking for a dog then?", with a newfie (which is ideally what I want) you need to be on waiting lists. We are in a bad spot now, but hopefully we won't be like this for too much longer. I actually hope we go back to Airlie *fingers crossed*

    Di, we want a pup to raise as our own. I've been browsing the YAPS site as it's the only animal shelter I know of up here that's close. When we can actually bring a dog home, I will definately be visitng them, but it would be nice to have a purebred.
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    Nope, doesn't have to be "fluffy"
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    Then we do have to do what we feel fits with us best. I am sorry to hear things are not going well after the move and I hope so much they can be sorted. I am not a puppy person and prefer older dogs, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrero View Post
    Nope, doesn't have to be "fluffy"
    Then Bull Mastiff...Dogue De Bordeaux...Mastiff...Irish Wolfhound...Great Dane...Neapolitan Mastiff...Bernese Mountain Dog etc etc
    Last edited by Cleasanta; 12-12-2009 at 09:39 AM.

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    Hi Ferrero,

    I can totally understand your dream to have a Newfie!! I was in the same boat as you- although I'd had Golden Retrievers my whole life I desperately wanted one since the age of 15. I got my boy when I was 23, thinking I finally revelling in the fact that i was 'adult' enough to make that decision. I don't regret it for a minute, I love my dog and love my life with him in it, but there have been some challenges along the way- mainly trying to find a rental property that would accept a Newf. I found one eventually but it took 3 months....

    Anyway, I think I'm getting a bit off topic. I understand having a specific colour/size/breed in mind... I've done it with my dog, and my whole life with my horses. Thing is, sometimes you need to deviate from your plan and when you do, often you look back and realise how much that stuff just doesn't matter. For example, my whole life I've wanted a Chestnut Arabian Horse with four white stockings and a blaze. I've owned two greys, a black and a bay.. most of which were great horses that I loved dearly. Then years later it so happened that I found my dream Chestnut with four stockings and blaze. She's beautiful, but part of me thinks that the reason I found her was because I had found and appreciated so many other horses that didn't match my 'type' along the way... I guess you can say it's kinda like men but then I'd be even more off topic!! Lol!

    You're right in staying away from the unregistered breeder that's selling for $2,700 (where does even find unregistered newfs to breed with?? There must be so few in Australia so I'd have concerns about inbreeding as well).

    There are ways that you can alleviate the discomfort heat brings to a Newf- mine is largely clipped at the moment which makes a huge difference to his energy levels. you can also keep them inside in AC or give them a pool to swim in. But you really can't walk them if it's over about 27 degrees and you can see how much it knocks them around. Are you planning on staying in Queensland? If there is some prospect of moving further South later on in life, maybe wait untill then?

    There are some other beautiful BIG dogs out there that aren't so affected by the heat. Saint Bernards might be worth looking at, they don't have such a heavy coat. Also, my partner and I walked past some absolutely stunning Great Danes the other day, one was liver colour and the other was spotted- absolutely gorgeous! Have no idea about temperament, trainability etc but worth looking into!

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    Ferrero

    Any chance you could get to some local dog shows to meet the breeds they have where you live and see how they do. I don't know why you like the newfies, but there might be other dogs that can catch your attention in the same way and cope better with the climate.

    I'm thinking a retired / GAP greyhound might be good too.

    Maybe you could list ten things you love about newfies - and we could suggest breeds that would go well in FNQ. Also say how much time you have for exercsing dog (do you take yourself for walks now?), and how big your current space is, and how much time your dog would be on its own.

    There is probably some lovely dog at the local shelter that you are depriving of a good home while you dream of newfies.

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    Ok, this is my situation AT THE MOMENT, hopefully not for much longer.


    I lived in the heart of Airlie Beach, QLD. I was NEVER more then a 5 min walk from water . Yeah it was hot up there, but there was always a cool breeze that made it bearable. My boyfriend and I lived in a unit that had a decent sized courtyard. From what I understand of newfies, they prefer the 'apartment life' and don't require excessive exercise. Obviously I would have taken him down the beach each day for a swim.

    I was unemployed and it was hard for me to find work in such a little town. My boyfriends uncle was moving up to the northern beaches of Cairns and was suppose to be starting up a business. We thought "WOW! What an opportunity!" My boyfriend would be working for his uncle, and I figured that I would have a better chance of finding employment in a bigger place. We made the move. Biggest mistake and we are kicking ourselves!

    We are now living in a small bedroom at my boyfriends friends place. We are both unemployed and have just about used the last of our savings. They have 2 young kids, and although they are friends, we feel REALLY uncomfortable staying here. We want to go back to Airlie, but we don't have the money for the move back down.

    My boyfriend actually just started a job today, so hopefully it's the start of better things to come. If this job works out, and I am able to find work, we will move into our own place and give Cairns a go. It's no Airlie Beach though
    If after the say 6 month lease we are still unhappy here, we would hopefully have enough money to go back to Airlie.
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