Hello, I am planning on buying a dog in the future, not the near future but in a few years. I did some research and met some Newfoundland dogs and really liked them. However I still have a few lingering questions and concerns. First, I own a small house with a small yard, is that adequate for a Newfie? Some sources say Newfies are good even in apartments if given enough exercise but other sources say they need more space. Also, do Newfies bark a lot? I live close to my neighbors so excessive barking could be a problem. Finally, do Newfies really suffer from many health problems and a short (often less than ten years) life expectancy? I love big dogs and Newfies seem to fit what I want in a laid-back, trainable dog that is friendly and good with people. I used to own Dobermans but would never own one again since they were a bit too much to handle. Thanks!