Selecting Your Newfoundland
the right breeder can be the most important step you take
in selecting your Newfoundland puppy. For this reason, the
Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) offers the following suggestions.
to and visit with as many breeders as possible, even
if it means a long drive. This will enable you
to meet the breeder and see the conditions in his kennel.
Although elaborate equipment is not a necessity, the facilities
can and should be clean. To be healthy, the puppies should
be kept clean at all times with a warm dry pen, clean bedding
and flooring. Ask to see the mother and the father of
the puppies. Keep in mind that many times the father
will not be on the premises, but the breeder should offer
information about him. Also, the mother might not look
her very best—taking care of pups is hard work. Take
the opportunity to attend one of the many Newfoundland
Regional Club functions in your geographic area. This
is a great way to network with breeders, other fanciers
and to meet many Newfoundlands up close and personal.
Your veterinarian may also be able to refer you to breeders
or fanciers in your immediate area. Dog training centers
also have a network of "dog people" that may advise you of upcoming dog events.
careful when researching puppies on the internet. The internet is a wonderful place to do research and educate
yourself about Newfoundlands. However, nothing can compare
to seeing the mother and puppies, a breeder's facilities
or how the breeder interacts with their dogs. A visit to the
NCA’s Puppy Information Center will give you a tremendous amount of information that will aid you in your search.
is not unusual to have to wait six months for your Newf
puppy from a breeder. Quality is worth waiting
for. A Newfoundland puppy should never go to a new home
before the age of 8 weeks. Usually, by 8-12 weeks, a puppy
has been checked for possible hereditary defects, received
initial vaccinations and wormings, and is ready for his
new family. It is also not unusual to have to contact a
breeder several times. Please keep in mind that responsible
breeders are very busy—busy with their dogs and their local,
regional and national clubs—and it may take them a while
to respond to your inquiries. A responsible breeder will
do whatever it takes to make sure that their puppies have
breeders have written sales contracts and health guarantees. As
with any contract or agreement, these should be read carefully and
discussed in detail with the breeder before signing. Most
breeders will offer a contract or agreement concerning
puppies crippled with hip dysplasia or found to have a
heart defect. Such contracts or agreements may also cover
neutering or the care required to be provided by the buyer.
Newfoundlands are subject to hereditary heart defects and
should be examined by a specialist for such before being
placed in a new home. No bloodline is absolutely free
of all hereditary problems. The NCA considers it necessary
to evaluate all breeding stock for hip and elbow dysplasias,
heart defects and cystinuria status. Tests for thyroid
function, eye abnormalities and patellar luxation are available. The NCA strongly encourages the use of these additional tests at the discretion of the breeder.
A responsible breeder is ready and willing to openly discuss these potential
health problems with you.
responsible breeder will be happy to supply you with references
of satisfied customers. In return, the breeder
may ask you for references such as your veterinarian. He
will also question you about your lifestyle, why you want
a Newf, and your own facilities for a Newfoundland. He would
be rightfully concerned if you do not have a securely fenced
yard or kennel run with appropriate shelter.
Newf puppy should come with the following information: AKC registration papers; a pedigree of 3 or more generations;
written instructions on the feeding and care of the puppy;
an immunization record and schedule including date and
type of serum, and dates future inoculations are due;
a worming record and schedule; a written sales contract
and guarantee stipulating all terms and conditions of
the sale including when and what health defects the puppy
has been examined for and what they guarantee. If registration
papers are not delivered with the puppy, the contract
should state the conditions and when the papers will be
provided. Examples of conditions are: when the puppy is
spayed/neutered or when specific health tests have been
performed. Finding the right puppy and breeder for you
is often time consuming and difficult. Once found, you
will have friends for life! Take your time; a few months spent
in your search will be well worth it.
NCA Position Statement- Open Registries
Newfoundland Club of America considers it necessary to test
all breeding stock for hips, elbows, heart and cystinuria
clearances. The NCA also strongly
recommends testing, where indicated, thyroid, eyes and patellas. The
NCA endorses and encourages the use of the open registry
conducted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
This open registry is an information source for current and
prospective Newfoundland owners and breeders seeking health
data on specific dogs. Documentation should
be available of clearance, test results
or open registry participation for the sire and dam of the
puppies. All prospective buyers are encouraged
to utilize this information in their inquiries
an effort to help people interested in purchasing a Newfoundland
the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. has a list of
breeders who have met certain qualifications.
NCA does not supervise or guarantee the ethical practices
however, the breeders listed herein have met the following
Member of the Newfoundland Club of America for five consecutive years;
Be willing to serve as an educational resource for
prospective Newfoundland owners:
The Newfoundland Club of America expects its members to make a life-long
commitment to all Newfoundlands and to cooperate in the rescue
of any Newfoundlands they produce:
Have no grievances which the NCA Arbitration Committee has found
to have a basis in fact and were unresolved at the closing date for
the list. NCA members and non-members may file grievances;
Always use a written agreement/contract in all Newfoundland transactions;
Bred two litters while a member of the Newfoundland Club of America;
Must currently or have previously bred a titled (AKC, CKC, NCA) Newfoundland;
The NCA recommends that all persons on the Breeders’ List
be a member of their Regional Newfoundland Club. Persons not residing
in the US should be a member of their national or regional club in
the country in which they reside.
on the Breeders List have agreed to abide by the NCA Code of Ethics .