I was fortunate enough to be raised with Newfies and now that I have a family and home of my own, I am ready to adopt our new family member. After months of researching breeders, I have finally narrowed it down to two breeders in my area. Both of these breeders are highly reputable. They do health checks on the parents, heart checks on the pups at 10 weeks and require proper fencing and puppy training classes. They both also provided me with generations of pedigrees for their dogs which are very impressive. I will even be able to spend time with their dogs at a local dog show next week. However, I am now left with an option that I did not think possible. One of these excellent breeders has a beautiful, well mannered 3 year old who will no longer be breeding and would be available for new ownership. I'm trying to make a well thought out decision between getting an adult verses a 10 week old puppy. The adult Newfie is excellent with children. I have an active 5 year old and the adult Newfie was so gentle with him. They even cuddled up together on the breeders kitchen floor and looked as though they had spent a life time together. However, my husband feels that we are missing out on that puppy bonding time and we should take that into account when making this decision. Could some of the more experienced Newfie owners shed some light on my situation and maybe even give me the +/- on owning an adult verses a puppy. I'm trying not to make an emotional decision, but I am really drawn to the older Newf. However, it has been decades since I spent time with a Newf puppy.