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Do Newf's bite?

Stacey1
June 15th, 2005, 10:49 AM
I was just wondering if anyone has heard of any Newfoundlander dog attacks.

I have looked on the internet, but have not been able to find anything!

I guess that's a good thing. :crazy:

Eleni
June 15th, 2005, 10:52 AM
all dogs bite if they arent trained and socialised properly or are mal treated.


ive never personally heard of a newf attack but if anyone is searching out a breed that doesnt bite ive got one for them.


my daughters stuffed blues clues dog.

dogs bite when their owners dont prevent them from doing so regardless of the breed


Eleni

Lizzie
June 15th, 2005, 10:58 AM
I'd like to echo what Eleni said. Dogs are animals, they have instints and will defend themselves or their owner if necessary. Unlike humans who have fits that they can swing with or words to deal with arguments, dogs have their teeth....and if in the right situation, any dog may bite.

That being said, I think it is fair to say that all puppies nibble and bite....they do this when they are teething, and learning what's right and wrong. It's up to you, the owner, to teach the pup that it's wrong.

Luba
June 15th, 2005, 11:27 AM
Any dog can bite, just like any cat can scratch and any human can slap, hit or kick.

twodogsandacat
June 15th, 2005, 11:38 AM
Never ever met one that did or even looked like it would. For some reason they are on Italy's banned breed list so maybe one bit somewhere - at least once.

Overall - great gentle dogs.

Prin
June 15th, 2005, 11:49 AM
I agree with twodogsandacat.

Stacey1
June 15th, 2005, 12:23 PM
I realize every dog has the potential to bite under the right cercomstance, I just wanted to know if anyone has heard of the Newf doing it. I am trying to research this breed as much as I can, and I figured a few of you would know about the Newf's temperment.
I do have kids and sometimes kids are unintensionally rough with animals, and eachother.
We did have a yellow lab that the kids grew up with so they do know how to behave with dogs.

Writing4Fun
June 15th, 2005, 12:38 PM
I had a neighbor who had a newf/lab cross once. I don't think he ever actually bit anyone, but he certainly wasn't the epitome of the benevolent newf, either.

Here's a site that might help you figure out whether or not this dog is for you: Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada (http://home.golden.net/~blacknita/faqs.htm)

I think you might have issues with breeders or rescues giving you any breed of dog with that many young children in the home. That's not to say that you can't handle it, it's just that some might see it as too much for one dog to handle. You might have to wait until your youngest is a few years older.

Good luck!

Jazzmanian
June 16th, 2005, 02:18 AM
My parents have had newfs for 25 years now or more.
I've never heard of a newf bite from anyone ever.
I can't even imagine my parents newfs biting.

I'm not saying a newf never bit, but I don't know of any.

They scare off strangers pretty good though with a loud bark, and large size. Ours was reported as a bear sighting a couple of times.
Our "watch-bear".

Stacey1
June 16th, 2005, 06:05 AM
That's pretty funny, a "watch bear" good one. :highfive: :thumbs up









:ca:

Angeleyes1437
June 16th, 2005, 02:29 PM
If you feel your kids can ever be rough with a dog, intentionally or not I wouldn't get a puppy. I wouldn't get a dog right now at all... however, if you are going to teach them to NEVER be too rough and train the dog properly you shouldn't have a problem with any breed, from what I've experienced Newf's are great dogs. I got my late :( mini poodle when I was 5 and never had a problem (and "people say" poodles are snappy...like "pit bull" breeds are vicious, stupid stereotypes). I would ANNOY her... not roughly but I was always in her face as a kid and she was used to it, she loved the attention. Just train your kids as well as the puppy... my parents did it easily.

LavenderRott
June 16th, 2005, 03:47 PM
Actually, in 1988 a nine year old boy was killed by a Newfoundland while walking through the woods in Maryland. (Fatal Dog Attacks by Karen Delise.)

Since the dogs listed in this book (which is a very well researched book that I highly recommend to anyone interested in the subject for whatever reason) range from a pomeranian mix to a bullmastiff with just about every size dog covered in between, I think it is safe to say that EVERY SINGLE DOG - regardless of breed and size is more then capable of biting and even killing without proper training and socialization.

Eleni
June 17th, 2005, 08:50 AM
If you feel your kids can ever be rough with a dog, intentionally or not I wouldn't get a puppy. I wouldn't get a dog right now at all... however, if you are going to teach them to NEVER be too rough and train the dog properly you shouldn't have a problem with any breed, from what I've experienced Newf's are great dogs. I got my late :( mini poodle when I was 5 and never had a problem (and "people say" poodles are snappy...like "pit bull" breeds are vicious, stupid stereotypes). I would ANNOY her... not roughly but I was always in her face as a kid and she was used to it, she loved the attention. Just train your kids as well as the puppy... my parents did it easily.


i ahve a poodle/bichon cross, and never have i seen him snap or get snappy. that being said my kids time around him is supervised and at the first sign of annoyance from anyone Kids or dog, they are separated into different rooms


Im not one to tempt fate. sam does know "be nice" meaning be gentle because the baby is on the floor, and he becomes the most soft footed gentle dog when hes been given this command


hes usually pretty gentle naturally, but he is still a clumcy puppy hehe

Eleni

Mockingcat
June 17th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Honestly, if you're going to go by general temperment, than a Pit Bull is a perfect dog for a house with kids. They scored higher on the ATTS (the society which temper tests) than other common breeds like labs.

I'm saying this tongue-in-cheek, of course, but all "bad" dogs are not bad, just as all "good" dogs are not good.

db7
June 17th, 2005, 11:06 AM
If it has teeth it bites.

nymph
June 17th, 2005, 11:08 AM
My golden/lab mix Diego bit my hand yesterday when I *gotcha* him too hard, and put him in a forced submissive position, no punctures, but 2 long scratches from his teeth.

It didn't hurt that much, but gave me a good warning that all dogs could bite.

happycats
June 17th, 2005, 11:10 AM
If it has teeth it bites.
LOL, I was just going to say that ;) . I say it to my son all the time, to teach him to respect animals!!

BMDLuver
June 17th, 2005, 11:19 AM
My golden/lab mix Diego bit my hand yesterday when I *gotcha* him too hard, and put him in a forced submissive position, no punctures, but 2 long scratches from his teeth.

It didn't hurt that much, but gave me a good warning that all dogs could bite.
ummmm, why would you put your dog in a forced submissive position?

nymph
June 17th, 2005, 01:50 PM
I thought I have already explained that. :) Why don't we stay on the topic?

BMDLuver
June 17th, 2005, 04:02 PM
I thought I have already explained that. :) Why don't we stay on the topic?
sorry, must have missed the detailed explanation. :rolleyes:

nymph
June 20th, 2005, 11:30 AM
I really don't appreciate your tone of voice or your attitude, not to mention your attempt to hijack the thread.

If you understand how the command "gotcha" works, you would have understood my explanation. The fact that you didn't bother to read my post but jumped out in an accusatory manner really wasn't called for. Did I ask you a question? Who do you think you are?

My point was: all dogs bite, even those seemingly gentle ones like my golden/lab cross Diego. Enough bitching, let's get back to topic, OK? :cool:

Angeleyes1437
June 20th, 2005, 12:47 PM
When it comes down to it anyone is capable of anything... dogs can bite just like we can hit. Sometimes we want to hit someone really bad but hold back because we know we should! I'm not speaking from statistics so I'm not 100% sure- but I do believe that most bites happen out of fear. If a dog is startled, hurt, or feels threatened. Children tend to be aggressive due to their lack of fear, they hit dogs, pull their fur or ears... they don't do it to be mean- but they simply don't know any better. This is why children need to be supervised around dogs.

Eleni- I hope you read in my post that I was owned by :) a wonderful poodle and that when I said "snappy" I was speaking sarcastically of stereotypes. I also said "vicious" meanwhile I have a licking machine called an American Pit Bull Terrier, lol. I just got the feeling from your post that you misinterpreted me (which is easy online) but if not then disregard this.

kandy
June 24th, 2005, 10:42 AM
Our first Newf, Lacey was subjected to a kid who thought it was fun to hit her with a plastic dinosaur. My hubby took Lacey to work everyday, and at that time shared a retail space with another guy. The little boy was this guy's grandson and had apparently never been taught to not hit dogs. Lacey's reaction was to hide from this kid everytime he came into the store. Even though the kid should've been scolded (which he never was), I would've been upset if Lacey had bit him. The kid would go looking for her and when he found her, she would just go hide somewhere else - or sit right next to my hubby so that the kid wouldn't do it. She never gave any indication that she was going to bite him. I did lots of research on newfs before we got Lacey and being kid friendly was a must since the dog would be in a retail store where people bring their kids on a regular basis. We also have friends that come camping with us that have small children. I couldn't find any instances of a newf biting, but as the others have said - any dog can bite, it's all in how they are raised - not what breed they are. A newf will lick you to death though! :)

Angeleyes1437
June 24th, 2005, 12:07 PM
I would have scolded the kid myself... I hate when parents don't yell at their poor beahving kids when they hit peoples dogs (or even their own dog).