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i emailed a breeder of newfoundland dogs (i REALLY want one!) and this is the response i got. what do you guys think?

Thank you for your interest in our dogs, I am working on getting a website up and running, but were not quite there yet. I usually breed about once a year, and I health test all my breeding dogs for Hips, Elbows, Heart, Cystinuria, Thyroid, Patella's, and Eyes. I have shown in the past, not as much lately, I am more focused on health and temperament, and I have a young family, which doesn't leave much time for traveling to dog shows.
I am planning a breeding this fall, probably around Sept. My puppies sell for $1800.00, are sold on a strict non-breeding, spay/neuter agreement, have a year health guarantee against crippling hip dysplasia and congenital heart defects.
I have placed older dogs in the past but don't have any available at this time.
I require a puppy questionnaire to be filled out and returned and if possible a visit so you can meet myself and my dogs.
Please keep in touch and if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me
 

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I think it's fine. Why are you worried?

I don't show as much right now either, but I still breed an occasional litter.
 

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i just don't want to support a backyard breeder. i got iorek from a breeder and it turns out that i wouldn't have chosen that specific breeder if i knew what i know now.
 

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A backyard breeder normally does not worry about all those health tests, nor do they offer a health guarantee.

I would ask for references of people who have her pups, but overall I think this sounds pretty normal.

Can you visit the breeder?
 

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i was thinking that she was a good breeder but i wanted to make sure. you guys know your stuff about this sort of thing :)

i did meet someone with one of her dogs and i was very impressed, she was a beautiful dog. i find that a lot of newfs have droopy eyes and hers were not at all.

i am not sure if i will be able to go there since we are moving out of this province in less than a week and a half. we will have to see. i will email her back now :D
 

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I would love to see you get a Newfie to add to our DF family! I just love the breed myself! It is not in my near future to have one but would love to see pics of yours :D
 

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yay! a newfie for the newfoundlanders :p haha! i really really want one so it will all depend on the time the pups are ready to go and the finances at the time...my husband and i are both teachers and getting time off to travel and get a puppy right after christmas will not be possible. i guess we will have to see how we will work it out if we do end up getting one :)
 

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the only part i didn't "like" was the
year health guarantee against crippling hip dysplasia and congenital heart defects.
.....i offer a 2 yr on mine when they can get the OFA done.....

other than that, it looked good....
 

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thank you. i don't know anything about the testing and stuff like that. i guess i really should do more research but i am not ever planning to breed dogs.
 

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Nothing was mentioned if you decide you do not want the dog for some reason after a period of time, does the breeder want the dog back, so they can rehome the dog or keep it, or approve of the new owners you may want to give or sell it to? (keeping track of their pups)That to me eliminates the BYB.
 

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BobSD- usually you'll see that in the contract. It doesn't sound like Iorek's mom has seen that yet.

To Iorek's mom- ;-) Take a look at the contract he's offering. If you feel like it, bring it back to show it to us, so that we can look at it.

Also some advice- I'd ask what he hopes to accomplish from this breeding, and why his pet quality pups are that much. Especially because he doesn't show anymore. Given, I know little about Newfies, but that's a tad high, IMHO.

Next- I'd take a look at the health issues Newfies can have- I know that they have heart issues, they may have osteosarcoma issues as well. A breeder should test for all of that. You don't want your 7 month old puppy getting cancer, or having a heart attack.

Personally, I think you can do better, especially for $1800. But, you need to do what you're comfortable with.
 

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The only thing I didn't like was that there is only a 1 year guarantee on the hips, I would want at least a 2 year, especially with a giant breed.
 

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thanks guys!

i haven't seen a contract yet. that was all the communication i have had with her so far. they are the only newf breeders here that do any health testing that i can tell. i think that i will be able to find a breeder at home, in newfoundland :p too so i will keep my options open. we are still just looking around. we are also keeping shelter dogs on our list.

i didn't know that i should get a 2 year guarantee on the hips. i am really glad that i asked here.
 
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