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.
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.
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.
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.
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.