Waiting for a Hannibal Pup
All pups are spoken for in Litter 55.
Regrettably, we will not have any puppies available until 2019.
Our next litter is planned for early 2019 with pups leaving for their new homes in the spring.
After your initial introduction, we will ask you to thoroughly review a document that details our philosophies, policies, procedures, and protocols on breeding and caring for Newfoundlands. If you opt to move forward, you may request to fill out a questionnaire.
Getting to know you
The details you share in the questionnaire will aid us in getting to know you better. The questionnaire is not an application and submitting it does not place you on our waiting list.
Meeting in person
The next step involves meeting in person. We accept first kennel visits during the two months prior to a planned breeding, assuming the estimated litter size exceeds our current waiting list.
Estimating litter size
There is no definitive way to determine the number of viable pups until they are a few days old. We do the best we can. We use ultrasounds, radiographs, and the dam’s history to aid us, but in the end, all we can do is estimate the number of pups that will be available. For this reason, we maintain a second list that serves as our reserve waiting list.
Populating the waiting list
The list begins with us
Depending on the size of the litter, the individual pups, and the needs of our breeding program, we select our keeper pup, which will act as our comparison pup for the litter. In most cases, we keep a single puppy. On rare occasions, we have chosen up to three pups, but that is the exception and not the rule.
Next, we carry forward
Next on our waiting list are those families carried forward from the prior litter. This may happen if the previous litter size was overestimated, or if there were stillbirths, or neonatal deaths. Under these circumstances families are given the option of being placed on the waiting list for the next litter.
Then, come people we know
Prior to first kennel visits resuming, we will allow people that have already successfully raised a Hannibal Newf to request placement on the waiting list. Since we have a history with these families, a first kennel visit is not required.
And then we open the list
If the probability of available pups in the upcoming litter warrants it, we will open the list to the public, and begin the process of first kennel visits.
First kennel visits
First visits normally include only the adult family members. You may request a first kennel visit after familiarizing yourself with this document and submitting a questionnaire. The visit may take two or more hours. We will review your questionnaire, as well as this document. During this visit, you will meet the dam and resident Newfs. First kennel visits are made on the understanding that there is no obligation by either party.
Placement on the waiting list
After a first kennel visit (and preferably after visiting at least two or three other Newf kennels) you may ask to be placed on the waiting list for the next litter. We do not solicit families for our puppies. It is up to you to contact us and explicitly request to go on our waiting list. Placement on the waiting list is dependent upon on our confirmation via email.
Reserve waiting list
Once the primary list is full, a reserve waiting list is set up. A handful of individuals, willing to accept placement on the secondary list, are offered first kennel visits. After their visit, they may request to be placed on our reserve waiting list. Should someone drop off the primary waiting list, or if the litter is larger than expected, we draw from the reserve waiting list.
How the waiting list works
First, we pick our keeper pup
The litter is continually assessed from birth onward. At six weeks of age they are temperament tested. At eight weeks of age, their confirmation is assessed, and the comparison pup is selected.
Matching pups to families
From the moment we first meet you, we focus on your needs and expectations for your new puppy. Our priority is to match each pup with their ideal family. We take into consideration the order in which individuals are placed on the waiting list, as well as their preferences.
If a match isn't perfect
If you are not thrilled with the pup you are matched with, or if a suitable pup is not available, you may ask to be placed on the waiting list for the next litter.
More pups than families
On occasion, we have more pups than families on our waiting list. This may happen if a puppy and family match isn't perfect, or if someone decides to wait for a puppy from a future litter, or the litter was underestimated in size. In these cases, we draw from our reserve waiting list.
Once you’re on the list
Once you are on the waiting list, you will be added to the Hannibal Family email group. It is through this group that we raise the litter together for the first eight months. During the first 12 weeks of life, we share regular photos, video, weights, and updates on the litter as they grow. Once the pups leave for their new homes, we will ask you to share weekly weights and diet (foot type and amount fed). Questions are encouraged. Photos and stories are enjoyed by all. This is a private Yahoo group. Membership is restricted to those that are either waiting for, have, or have had a Hannibal Newf.