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I am starting the look for a new fluffy baby and I’m hoping for some guidance on the breed. I am very much a couch person so I’m looking for a dog who won’t suffer from my laziness. The dog will get walks and play time every day but the walks will not always be the longest. I really want a big floof. A Newfoundland has always been my dream dog. They’re so precious! :oops: I’m not sure one would be the right fit for where my life is right now though unfortunately. I would love any dog though. Especially if it’s big! A breed that will be fine being a single dog is important too.
 

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Do you have a fenced yard?

Any breed restrictions by city/landlord/insurance?

Kids, cats, small pets?

10 minute walk or leisurely 30 minute walk?
 

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A friend of a mine has a Newfie and the dog is basically a rug that breathes, drools and eats. Really sweet dog, basically inert. I'm sure they're feistier as puppies - what dog isn't - but I suspect a Newfoundland might be just what you're looking for, yes.

I had a dog of similar size in a tiny cabin and it was fine. Just had to make sure he got out and about to stretch his legs daily.
 

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Just another consideration if you're looking into a giant breed puppy: how many stairs are in your home? Particularly how many stairs would your dog have to go up and down to get to a potty area and back? Stairs can be hard on developing joints, and the larger the dog the more cautious you need to be. If it's just a couple from your front door to the yard I wouldn't worry, but if you live in an apartment on the second floor or higher it's something to think about. Smaller dogs can be carried for all those baby puppy potty breaks, and are at lower risk for hip dysplasia overall even if they do walk the stairs sometimes, but obviously a giant breed is going to be too big to carry for 18-24 months until those growth plates are closed.

If you need to look at a smaller dog, consider checking out adults at local shelters and rescues. Often mature dogs are more laid-back and able to settle in the house, you don't have to deal with baby puppy issues, and they've already grown into their adult personality so you have a decent idea of what you're getting, when puppies can surprise you as they grow and develop.
 
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