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    While im sure they believe they are creating this "new breed" with an idea in mind regarding temperment, looks, physical abilities etc, I wonder if they are aware it usually takes a decade or more to achieve the consistantsy of desired traits and until then, there will be a lot of hit and misses to find homes for. Just hoping there foundation stock are tested and healthy and if so they are a nice looking dog and I wish them luck.

    You really do have to wonder though, with such an extensive list of dog breeds and millions of unwanted animals in shelters....why cant they find a breed they like? Maybe they are creative types!
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    Peter I admit I've only met a few, even around the rings there aren't a great deal. The ones I've see I do agree with you do not carry fat, not many show dogs do. They always seem more chilled out than the Rotti's to me.

    Stamina, speed, strength, they are all hard things for many owners to handle; combine that with breeding for drive and guarding ability and it's something I hope people buying these dogs will seriously consider if they are up for the challenge.
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    I would love to see pictrues of a Neo that can easily clear 1.6m fences (not being sarcastic, I honestly think that would be an awesome dog). I'm very happy to hear that they exist, I did use to go to quite a few dog shows in NSW (before I had my dog) and I never saw one that looked physically comfortable and certainly none that were capable of running more than a very short distance, let alone jumping... I did see one male that was quite aggressive and exuberant as a pup, but by the time he was 18 months old, he was no longer physically capable of chasing or harrassing anyone, he just used to hobble around following his owner.

    The other unfortunate trait many (all the ones I have seen) seem to have is excessive drooling - I know people say oh well it's a dog, and don't buy a mastiff if you don't want drool but really that amount can't be comfortable for the dog either.

    And yeah totally agree that there are very few suitable homes for working dogs so the need for this mix is debatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    Mac i have to say do not be fooled by a Neo's bulk or by 99bottles take on them, just saying. As an owner of a neo i find peoples ignorance of these dogs ability astounding. My dog although heavy is rather lean and is capable of very high speeds albeit not over huge distances. His has an ability to jump a fence of 1.6metres with ease though this has been discouraged by raising the height (also helped settle the neighbours ).
    I'm not denying there are some pretty average examples around (even some of the champions yes) but dont tar the whole breed especially if you havent had first hand experience with them. They are wonderful dogs and apart from one small op on a rolled eyelid all has been well health wise.
    Previous to neo's i had 3 rotties and whilst thier stamina and agility would no doubt be alot more than that of a Neo, thier straightline speed wasnt close nor was thier strength. Rotties certainly arent as clumsy as the Neo's either.
    I know where you are coming from..Everyone thinks newfies cannot do anything..I do agility with my Annabbelle and she is fast and can jump too. So can Lukey. And Katy, well she used to, but she has the Cruciate injury at present, which the vet says happens a lot to very fit dogs (BC's doing agility)
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    99bottles you should have a look through some of Peter's old threads for pics of his Neo.

    Homestly, I see fat and incapacitated labradors and golden retrievers almost daily, yet I don't presume that is the normal state for their breed. I have seen plenty of overweight and out of condition dogs in the show ring too. Again, an individual's condition is nt always applicable to a whole breed.

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    Here are a couple
    this one is him standing at the fence that he can jump over, not saying he leaps it in a single bound but he can clearly get over it with strength. If you have doubts to my integrity i can put a tape measure up to it however in any late photos you will now notice two more palings running across to stop him getting out.


    This is a photo taken last weekend

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    Hey Newfie im impressed about the agility, not sure that would be one of Nero's strengths hence the reference to straightline speed . It shouldnt be that to fathom that large dogs are quick given that thier strides at full speed could be anywhere from 6ft and over, you dont have to do many at that size to cover alot of ground.
    Would love to take a video to show him going over fence but we have raised the height and we discourage him from jumping due to his size.

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    He is gorgeous, Peter.

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    He is a handsome dog. I didn't see any like him at any of the shows I went to though, which is sad because he looks like a nice, happy dog. I understand they weren't bred for speed or agility, I just think some of the titled dogs in Australia look pretty sad and uncomfortable, but your boy does not.

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    Some dogs just look sad, it's their expression. Mums Basset looks miserable even when he's chasing a ball.

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