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Adoption Process

Initial Contact

  • Prospective adopter contacts breeders by email or phone.
  • Documents are supplied by breeders for review by prospective adopter.
  • After reviewing the documents, prospective adopter may request to fill out a questionnaire. The questionnaire is not an application and submitting it does not place you on our waiting list.

First Kennel Visit

  • Scheduled after submitting a questionnaire and during the two months prior to a breeding.
  • Normally includes only ADULT members of the family.
  • Takes two or more hours (documents and questionnaire are reviewed).
  • Involves meeting the dam and resident Newfs.
  • Made on the understanding that there is no obligation by either party.

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.
  • Placement on the waiting list is dependent upon the puppy adopter’s unsolicited explicit request and followed by the breeders’ confirmation via email.
  • Breeders will add adopter to Hannibal Family email list.
  • For more detailed information see our Waiting List document.

Whelping – First Week

  • Whelping and first week is streamed live for puppy adopters and the Hannibal Family.
  • After whelps are 48 hours old, deposits will be accepted for pups that are apparently sound.
  • Breeders post photos, weights and other info to Hannibal Family list.

Post Whelping – 1 to 8 Weeks

  • Live streaming available to the general public.
  • • Weekly visits are encouraged. Adults only for the first four weeks, children welcome from 4-12 weeks.
  • Breeders begin assessing pups while identifying the needs and expectations of puppy adopters.
  • Adopters start preparation of facilities for new puppy.
  • Adopters may request a preliminary home visit by breeder.
  • Breeders register litter with Canadian Kennel Club.
  • Breeders post photos, weights, and milestones to Hannibal Family list.

Post Whelping – 8 to 9 Weeks

  • First vaccinations, microchipping, and vet examination around eight weeks.
  • Breeders select their keeper pup that will be the “comparison pup” for the litter.
  • Breeders, in consultation with puppy adopters, match puppies to their new families.
  • Breeders post photos, weights, and milestones to Hannibal Family list.

Post Whelping – 9 to 12 Weeks

  • Live streaming available to the general public.
  • 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 submit registered name for their pup to the breeders.
  • 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 appointment 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 of their pup and daily amount/type of food eaten, to the breeders.
  • Breeders compile weekly weights, amount/type of food fed, and post to the 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 the breeders at that time.


How the waiting list works and how to get on it

Process for adopting a Hannibal Newfoundland

Breeding priorities and the health standards used

Information regarding the adoption of a Hannibal Newf

Hannibal Newfs guarantee for Newfoundland Dog

A list of foods that keep the soundness and minimum life expectancy guarantees in effect

Recommended advance preparation prior to welcoming your Newf pup

Recommended care for your Newf pup

A list of benefits to having outdoor accommodation