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    go the bernese, lovely temperament, not too drooly at all and gorgeous pets. Depends what type of personality you are looking at too, Estrela I dont know if we even have in Australia? Guarding breeds are not what you want which a lot of those more primitive types are, not for pet homes.

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    .....Well firstly if you do not cope with drool forget your first three choices....Not sure what an estralla is, will google.

    I love my newfies to bits, Ilve their character, devotion, gregarious, but not looking for friends, very protective but not aggressive, natural water dogs. Love kids and have forever patience with kids. Mine work with handicapped kids and some of the things the kids do to Lukey and katy are amazing, but they love it

    BUT....and it is a big BUT......I am dedicated, I groom (lots and lots) and spend an enormous amount of time on training. the food bill and the extras are also hefty........everything sold by weight (worming/heartworm/parasites of any kind) costs more.

    Mine are adorable and we have a lot of fun...but you can never just leave a newfie by themselves for long periods and they are not the dog you put out the back in a kennel....they are a real family dog and need to be part of the family. I have worked with several newfies left in back yards and they either go aggressive or timid....i have one of each, which were rescues. A good newfie Breeder will ask if you keep your dog with you. Ours are fine left for work and such, but when we are home, they are with us........Inside or outside. the Leo and the Bernese are not that different. They also like to do jobs, which in some peoples eye mean they are being a nuisance. They love to carry stuff, which some people they think the dog is being destructive/annoying......We make our newfies work..they bring in shopping, fire wood, pull carts, do water Rescue. Lots of Obedience, therapy work with disabled kids, Demo dogs in Obedience.
    I meet a lot of newfie on newfie days that have done very little and tow their owners around and have no manners and are matted. Hence I hardly ever recommend my favourite breed. And the other Breeds you have chosen are very similar....but if you are dedicated and want one of those as your forever dog, they are a joy, full of character and devoted to you. But remeber the work involved.
    The "don't buy a newf" was written by some newfie rescue people...fed up with the reasons why people dumped their newfies...So if you have any doubt, do not get a newf, Leonberger, bernese mountain dog or any other large, fluffy, drooly breed..........there are many other breeds, easier to look after and just as loving/devoted (never quite a newfie though )
    Pets are forever

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    thanks newfsie, i guess for dogs like them (newfs) i could stand the drool! C:
    as far as grooming goes, how often do you groom?
    how do you groom? ect
    Thanks

    Scott

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    All my dogs get a thorough going over once week..Which means quick and easy. As soon as you leave them for a while they get knots and matted. Often is hardly any hassle..I have a very large table 2700x800mm and it has a solid timber step going up to it..my dogs just "table" and that means I can easily groom........I use rakes, combs and metal brushes....i only wash pre-showing, if and when I show. hardly ever pre-obedience trials, we just swim a lot in fresh water.
    The only item i would never be without is my cattle blower....this dryer blows small dogs off the table, I know because it happened to my friends dog I use this to blow them just about once a week to get rid of flyaway hair and dander/dust/dirt....it is my friend and the dogs love it. The present the part they want blown.

    The other thing is get your puppy used to grooming and handling of feet/mouth/ears from the day you bring it home..use soft brushes and make it a nice experience. you will get dogs that love to be groomed and that is more important in the hairy breeds. When igo to the table, I have to put 3 out of 4 in sit stay, otherwise i would have all four on the table

    I enjoy grooming, mind you it helps that i have a table with an awesome view on a screened in verandah it is my special time with each individual dog. Mine even like their toe nails done, because there is a few treats involved LOL..

    Any dog given lots of time can become a great dog...i know that from experience, because i have started with a couple of awful dogs and they are now great dogs (my rescues)...Time, love and training.

    And just remember we all started with knowing nothing. So as long as you are open minded and willing to learn, you will get there......Good luck
    Pets are forever

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    do you brush them everyday? or do you just do a good goping over every week
    Thanks

    Scott

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    What about a "rough coat" collie dog - like Lassie? Or a golden retriever?

    You could spend hours grooming either of those and both don't mind chilling - though they can both be a bit excitable as puppies.

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    what about a Clumber spaniel?
    Thanks

    Scott

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    at the moment i am not worried about drool, my beagle drools and i can cope haha

    will probably get a newfoundland landseer love the newfies
    Thanks

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    what about a Clumber spaniel?
    I havent heard of that breed before so googled it and it is a very old hunting breed, thought to have originated from the UK and was among the first 10 breeds recognised by the AKC in 1884. is long and heavy-bodied dog, standing only 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm) in height but weighing from 55 to 85 pounds (25 to 39 kg).

    They look to me, to be a x of a labrador and some kind of largish spaniel (sussex google says).

    WIKI - Because Clumber Spaniels are large boned and fast growing, they can suffer from temporary lameness from between six to twelve months of age, with this lameness subsiding when bone growth is complete. Another common condition that the breed suffers from are impacted anal sacs and the dog may require them to be emptied by a veterinarian. The final common condition that the breed has is heat sensitivity, if Clumber Spaniels are left without shade, they can become uncomfortably hot and dehydrated.[10]

    In addition, Clumbers often have difficulties conceiving and giving birth, and may require caesarian sections. Some dogs may suffer from sensitivity to anaesthesia. The most common severe health conditions in the Clumber Spaniel are entropion/ectropion eye conditions, spinal disc herniation and hip dysplasia.[11] They have a median lifespan of around 10 years.[12]

    They slobber and shed but are gentle giants, have a beautiful loyal temperment and nake great family dawgs , just gorgeous!
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    Thanks for the info!!!

    Just remembered though this is a suggestion thread not a make up my mind thread haha

    Anyone got any ideas?
    Thanks

    Scott

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