Newfoundland Question

My girlfriend and I recently got a 6 week old Mastiff Newfoundland mix (Atlas), he is very...


My girlfriend and I recently got a 6 week old Mastiff Newfoundland mix (Atlas), he is very playful but cannot stand being held or cuddled with for more than a few minutes before he whines and tries to get away to go lay on the tile flooring by the front door, my question is are they not affectionate breeds or do they get hot quickly? Bare in mind we live in Texas but we keep our house a constant 72º

    In Newfoundland - Asked by Anonymous - 3/14/2012 1:18:25 AM
They get hot quickly. My newfie prefers to lie on kitchen the bathroom floor because our house is carpeted all over. It could be that he's a little timid because he's in a new place as well.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/16/2012 11:51:54 AM


Hi, First of all, I hope there were extenuating circumstances as to why the breeder gave up that puppy at such an early age! A good breeder would NEVER do that. In response to your question, Newfies are very hot natured. They can overheat quickly due to their double coat. 72 may be comfortable to you, but if you want to see what it feels like to your new best friend, try putting on your winter jacket (complete with hat, scarf and gloves). Newfies can never be cool enough. Remember this when you pick times for exercise! It is important to exercise only in the mornings and late evening when it is cooler. Also make sure Atlas has plenty of water to drink when he is outside or exercising. If Atlas is part Newfie, I can assure you he loves you and wants all your attention! He's just uncomfortable and very young. Too young to be away from his mom and littermates. cont'd
    Answered by beautifulnewfies - 4/3/2012 2:23:09 PM


I suggest keeping him inside until he's had at least 2 sets of shots to help build up his immunity. He's very suceptible to parvo and other life threatening diseases right now. Hope this helps. Good luck!
    Answered by beautifulnewfies - 4/3/2012 2:24:22 PM


i got my newfie pup at six weeks old because thats when he was weaned they do overheat quickly being a puppy they can be very enerjetic but this will calm down with age as my 3 yr old newfie is very content
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/23/2012 10:34:09 PM


As 'beatuftifulnewfies' said, your puppy is too young to have left it's mother. Puppies, especially giant breed dogs need to be with their mother's until they are at least 8 weeks old, if not 9,10,11, or even 12 weeks. They need this time to socialize with their litter-mates, mother and other dogs/animals to learn how to be dogs. Keep him indoors/in a secured area until he's had at least his 2 sets of shots, if not his 3rd as well. For your question, yes, he's too warm. He needs a cooler place for him to be if you want to cuddle him that much. Taking a damp towel and putting it in the freezer, then allowing him to lay on it will help him cool off easier. Being a Newfie, he wants your love and attention, but he is just too warm. Even at 72 degree's, he could over-heat and get ill. A kiddie pool in the shade outside, and ice cubes in his water dish will help him cool off.
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/29/2014 3:22:17 PM