Before you go ooh-aah about the above picture, please remember that by about six months old those tiny little handfuls of joy will be starting to develop
into large hairy monsters capable of pushing you and your family closer to the edge than you ever thought possible.
Newfoundlands are world-class mud-magnets and can bring an amazing amount of water and dirt into your house.
Please read further down this page and view the PDF documents provided.
We strongly recommend that anyone considering owning a Newfoundland or purchasing a Newfoundland puppy should read these useful documents which are packed with information and advice.
So You Think You Want a Newfoundland?
A guide for prospective owners
You and Your Newfoundland Puppy
Advice for new puppy owners
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Finding a reputable breeder - Newfoundland Club members should abide by a 'Code of Ethics'
laid out by The Newfoundland Club. They will have done all the relevant health checks that have been identified to affect the breed at this time.
Hip-dysplasia: All breeding stock should have been x-rayed prior to breeding; they will have a score sheet from the BVA which they should be happy to show you for both sire and dam.
Heart disease: Prior to mating for the first time all breeding stock must have a colour-flow echo-Doppler examination performed by a Veterinary Surgeon with a Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology (DVC).
Cystinuria: The only disease for which we have a DNA test. Providing the status of both parents is known, no Newfoundland need ever suffer from this disease again.
Some of our members go one step further and have signed our 'Breeders Charter'.
This pledge goes beyond the 'Code of Ethics'.
The Kennel Club also has an 'Assured Breeder Scheme' which some breeders have joined.
This is similar to our own Breeders Charter and is a pledge to follow good breeding practice.
Currently the Kennel Club permits breeders to put two endorsements on registrations – Progeny
Not Eligible for Registration and Export Pedigree Not Allowed. Most good breeders will use both
of these. For further information please
Also, the Kennel Club have a series of helpful information guides available
The Newfoundland Club has a database listing the results of Heart Tests -the dogs owners have given permission to publish the results. See the Heart Test Database.