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Adoption Process

Following is a typical adoption procedure/sequence for a first-time Hannibal Newf puppy adopter.

Initial Contact

  • Prospective adopter contacts breeders by phone or email
  • Documents are emailed by breeders for review by prospective adopter
  • Prospective adopter submits questionnaire and contacts breeders to set up a First Kennel Visit

First Kennel Visit

  • Normally includes all ADULT members of the family, children are welcome at subsequent visits
  • Takes two or more hours (documents and questionnaire are reviewed)
  • Made on understanding that there is no obligation on either party
  • Involves physical contact with adult Newfoundlands including dam
  • May include a courtesy visit with pups (if on the ground)

Request to Go On Waiting List

  • After a First Kennel Visit (and preferably after visiting at least two or three other Newf kennels) a prospective adopter may ask to go on the waiting list for the next litter
  • Breeders will add adopter to Hannibal Family email List
  • Adopter is asked to maintain contact through visits and/or phone calls and/or email

Whelping – First Week

  • Visits are encouraged in first week
  • After whelps are 48 hours old, deposits will be accepted for whelps that are apparently sound
  • Breeders negotiate facilities that adopter is to have ready before pup leaves for new home
  • Breeders post photos, weights, and other info to Hannibal Family list

Post Whelping – 1 to 8 Weeks

  • Weekly visits are encouraged
  • Adopters can commence selection process
  • Adopters start preparation of facilities for new puppy
  • Adopter may request a preliminary home visit by breeder
  • Breeders post photos, weights, and milestones to Hannibal Family list
  • Breeders register litter with Canadian Kennel Club

Post Whelping – 8 to 9 Weeks

  • First vaccinations, microchipping, and vet examination around eight weeks
  • Breeders select “comparison pup”
  • Adopters, in consultation with breeders, select their new family member

Post Whelping – 9 to 12 Weeks

  • Weekly visits are encouraged
  • Adopters finalize setup of facilities for new puppy
  • Adopters book puppy pick up appointment
  • Adopters arrange for first training classes
  • Adopters select a veterinarian
  • Adopters locate feed supplier
  • Adopters choose registered name for their pup
  • Breeders (or delegate) carry out a home visit for all first-time adopters
  • Second vaccinations and vet examination around 12 weeks
  • Breeders post photos, weights, and milestones to Hannibal Family list

Post Whelping – 12 to 13 Weeks

  • Pups start leaving for their new homes (normally one per day)
  • Puppy pick up appointments takes two to three hours and includes detailed care instruction, initial training session, and grooming lesson with tools provided by breeders
  • Follow up phone call from one of the breeders within 24 to 48 hours

Post Whelping – 13 Weeks to 8 Months

  • Adopters email weekly weights and daily amount/type of food eaten to the breeders
  • Breeders compile weekly weights and post to the Hannibal Family list
  • Breeders assemble weekly info and publish a comparative summary on Hannibal Family list
  • Questions and answers shared on Hannibal Family list
  • Breeders register pups individually with Canadian Kennel Club, record vital information, and send registration certificate within six months of date of sale as required by federal law in Canada
  • Adopters may arrange appointment for their second grooming lesson once their pup is eight months of age. Additional tools to help cope with the adult coat are supplied by breeders at this time.


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