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Caring For Your Newf Pup

Congratulations on your Newfoundland puppy.


Your puppy has been wormed and immunized as appropriate for its age. The documents from our veterinarian show the immunization received and when the next vaccinations are due.

If you have not already done so, please consult your veterinarian after taking your puppy home. On your first visit, bring the immunization and worming record for your vet’s information.

Most vets recommend a daily or monthly preventative medication for heartworm. After the first year, this is not a problem; however, in the first year, should you and your vet decide to put the pup on this medication, please ensure that the pup’s weight is monitored closely to ensure the correct dosage. Our preference is not to give heartworm medication, instead we opt for an annual blood test beginning in the pup’s second spring.

Diet and Feeding Routine – General

Your puppy has been weaned on an ancestral diet. You must feed this diet (or an approved alternative) to your Hannibal Newf to keep the soundness and longevity guarantees in effect. Any other diet or supplements will void the soundness and longevity guarantees unless special permission is given by the breeders.

Fresh Water must be available at meal times. Ideally, water should be accessible to your Newf at all times when outside, and it is essential in hot weather.

Table scraps should be avoided with a pup under six months. After six months of age, they may be given occasionally, provided the regular food is being eaten consistently and adequately.

Chew items are needed for healthy teeth and gums at all ages. During the teething period, they are indispensable. You can use such things as hooves, raw or smoked beef bones, bully sticks or antlers. Rawhide and pig ears should not be given to your Newf – there is a danger of choking and/or bowel obstruction.

From time to time, your Newf will go off his food for a day or two. This is normal and usually not a cause for concern. If this becomes a persistent problem, please consult the breeders.

Feeding Pups and Adults

Pups and adults are normally fed twice a day. Some older Newfs may fare better on a single daily meal as long as kibble is not part of the diet; you can consult with us on this.

Feeding for a pup may be done indoors or outside in the pen. Most pups will poop within 30 minutes of eating if you feed them on a regular schedule. Whether fed inside or outdoors, they should remain outside, either in their pen or supervised, after eating to ensure that they have eliminated before bringing them inside.

The quantity of food to be served at each meal will vary according to age, individual metabolism, level of activity, and ambient temperature. The breeders will normally keep a pup from each litter as a comparison pup for at least the first eight months and will work with the adopters to adjust the quantity fed.

Small dog or cat treats may be given between meals as treats. Use caution with liver treats as these may promote diarrhea.


Your Newf should be groomed at least once a week all year round.

During the “shedding periods” your Newf should be raked daily or every other day.

In normal circumstances, your Newf should only need to be bathed once or twice a year.

Front toe nails should be clipped as necessary (usually monthly or bi-monthly); occasionally only the dew claws need to be clipped. The rear toe nails grow at a much slower pace and may not need to be clipped as frequently. While the rear nails give better traction outdoors, they may have the opposite effect in the house on slippery floors.

Ears should be checked at least once a week and cleaned as required. If your Newf tends to get ear infections, then regular spraying of the ears with lemon juice is recommended.

At each stage of your Newf’s coat development, we will show you the grooming techniques and equipment necessary. There is no charge for these grooming consultations.

The first lesson is normally given when you pick up your pup. Once your pup is eight months of age you may book another grooming appointment with us. This latter grooming session also includes a full check up by the breeders, including comparison with a litter mate (when possible) and verification of the microchip. Appropriate grooming tools will be supplied by the breeders at this time.

Registration Certificate

We will send you the pup’s registration certificate within six months. Please make sure that we have your new mailing address should you move in the interim.

Disinfecting the Dog Pen

The dog pen should be disinfected at least monthly in warm weather. When the temperatures drop below freezing for any part of the day, you do not need to disinfect at all.

There are many ways of disinfecting. The method that we recommend is to sprinkle salt heavily over the stones and then wet the pen with a hose. Rock salt, hay salt, common fine salt, or mixing salts are available from rural feed stores in 20 or 40 kg bags. If this method is unsuitable for your situation, please consult us for alternative methods.

Between disinfecting times, you can keep your pen sanitary and free from odors by hosing each spot from which you scooped poop.


Do not over exercise your pup in the first six months. Daily walks are fine if you adjust the length to the pup’s size and stamina. Self exercising in the yard or pen is safe. If in doubt, please consult us.

Protect your pup from rough handling by children or rough play with older dogs. Both as a pup and as an adult do not let him jump out of the back of pickup trucks, vans, or SUVs – the side door of a minivan is okay if it is 20 inches or less from the ground. Never let children sit on or attempt to ride your Newf at any age.

Newfoundlands should not be tied on a rope or chain on a regular basis. As a very temporary measure or while traveling, this may be necessary: however, on a permanent basis, only a fenced yard or pen should be used to contain your Newf. When a Newf is tethered they must be supervised.

A pup under six months should have his collar removed when in a crate unsupervised (such as overnight when everyone is sleeping). Flea collars may result in allergic reactions.

Choke or slip collars should only be used in conjunction with a leash. The snap-around collar can be put on the dead ring when not being used with a leash.

Jogging is not a suitable activity for a Newf; they overheat easily, even in winter.

Dog carting, dog sledding, back packing and other forms of draft work should not be attempted until your pup is at least one year of age. We would be pleased to advise you on this.

Dog Clubs

To get the most fun and benefit out of owning a purebred dog, we strongly urge you to join a local Newfoundland breed club. You will get newsletters and be encouraged to participate in all sorts of activities, including seminars on water rescue and draft work plus social, charity, and fun events.

Welcome to the Hannibal Family

There is no greater joy than hearing how our pups have brought happiness to their new families. We would love to hear from you, receive updates, and see photos. Please stay in touch. If you need advice concerning your Newf we are as close as your phone, day or night.


Process for adopting a Hannibal Newfoundland

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