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Elbow Dysplasia in Newfs

At the end of 2006 statistics from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) indicated that 25% of the elbow x-rays submitted to them were not normal. Also Newfoundlands were the fifth ranked breed in terms of incidence of the disease.

Are Canada’s Newfs in Trouble?

The problem seems to be much fewer litters each year resulting in fewer pups. In 2016 there were only 45% as many Newfoundland pups registered compared to the number registered in 2006. vices.

Quotes About Newfs From The 1800’s

Most Newf fanciers are familiar with the epitaph that Lord Byron had inscribed on the monument for his first Newfoundland, Boatswain in 1808. The popular excerpt of this epitaph ends with …all the virtues of man without his vices.

Monument Inscriptions for Newfs

There is probably nothing more sincere than the words engraved on a tombstone or other monument. Of course the ultimate tribute to a Newfoundland dog came from Lord Byron inscribed on the monument for his first Newf, Boatswain.

International Newf Database Revisited

For breeders and other Newf fanciers who like to look at health clearances, this database yields what the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) also provides but in an easier viewing format and not just limited to North American results.

Temporary White Coat in Newfs

Back in the 1970’s the hot topic in Newfoundland dogs was hip dysplasia (HD). Since then it has become less talked about as so many other health issues concerning Newfs have arisen in the public mind since then. Of course that does not mean it is less important; in fact for a giant breed dog the hind quarters are crucial to quality of life and the hips are the mainstay of the rear assembly.

Hip Dysplasia in Newfs Today

Back in the 1970’s the hot topic in Newfoundland dogs was hip dysplasia (HD). Since then it has become less talked about as so many other health issues concerning Newfs have arisen in the public mind since then. Of course that does not mean it is less important; in fact for a giant breed dog the hind quarters are crucial to quality of life and the hips are the mainstay of the rear assembly.

Newfs And Back Yard Breeders

There are many excellent articles on the internet that explain and warn about getting a Newfoundland dog from a back yard breeder. In spite of that, more and more Newf puppies are being churned out this way. While this type of breeder has always been around the dramatic increase in recent years is something that troubles me deeply. When Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue did a statistical analysis, it turned out that 77% of their surrenders originated with back yard breeders.

17 Year Old Newfs

There are breeders who are striving to achieve even more longevity for our breed. Of course, longevity by itself is not an appropriate goal. It has to be a sound longevity. Being alive without quality of life is hardly desirable for man or beast. Some of the ways that breeders are tackling the challenge of increasing sound longevity include diet, slowing down growth, slowing down the rate of maturation and ensuring that their breeding stock carry longevity in their genes.

Newfs By Misdesign

To me Newfoundland dogs are Mother Nature’s masterpiece. Unfortunately Mother Nature is constantly being bullied as people keep trying to improve her work. The latest attack takes the form of so called designer breeds. These are technically not breeds at all but rather first level hybrids, AKA mongrels, mutts or crossbreeds.