We would like to share the following links covering many topics to do with the health and welfare of this breed . . . .
UK Newfoundlands are one of the most involved Newfoundland dog databases. One that is always used and kept up to date by site founder Paul Dodd along with Newfoundland breeders, show kennels/exhibitors and Newfoundland dog owners. You can access pictures, pedigrees, show results past and present, show diary's, and more. Please click on the above link.
The above link will help you in reading up about the Newfoundland breed and its many resources. It is supported by all three Newfoundland Clubs in the UK, The Newfoundland Club, The Southern Newfoundland Club and The Northern Newfoundland Club. Packed with useful advice, health issues, a database of information and helpful contacts.
A "must read" site for any prospective Newfoundland owner to enjoy.
Please use the above link to be directed to The Newfoundland Club (UK) If you are looking for a puppy and require some information, contact the puppy liaison officer and they will advise you on the breed, what to look out for and some recommended breeders. They do not charge for this service.
The Newfoundland Club have a Breeders For Life page where you can find breeders who pass the tough criteria for breeding and selling puppies. I am proud to be part of this scheme.
Please use the above link to be directed to The Northern Newfoundland Club (UK)
Please use the above link to be directed to The Southern Newfoundland Club (UK)
NEWFOUNDLAND GROOMING HELP . . . . .
There are many videos on you tube to help with this. Basics are a very good quality comb, a slicker or pin brush, double or single thinning scissors for trimming ears and feet. If you buy a good quality grooming set, they will stand the test of time on the Newfoundlands double coat. Make sure you groom right down to the skin so the undercoat has no knots or matts. This will help the skin to breathe and help with skin issues such as hotspots (wet eczema). Trimming the pads underneath helps with slipping. If there is too much fur down there, it is easy for them to slip on surfaces as the pads are used to give extra grip when running, playing and standing up from laying down. Use a shaver if possible and trim level with the pads just dipping very gently to trim away excess fur.
Ideally comb out once a week and then your second brush of the week can be less intrusive. Going over with a slicker or pin brush will be all that is needed as this is just a top up from the combing out.
Invest in a good blaster as using one when they have baths is required, but also they are good for blasting the coat to rid of dirt and blasting the skin clean. This helps keep the coat clean and the skin breathing to avoid hotspots and potential problems before they happen. It must make them feel better too to have a good fettle!
Clean ears with non fragranced baby wipes, not putting it too far down into the ear. Just enough to wipe away debris or use Witch Hazel on cotton wool pads. Witch Hazel is a very good cleanser and gentle on the ears and is my preferred ear cleaner. Using ear wash just once every 2-3 weeks or as required as you don't want to use liquid down the ear canal too regularly. I use Thornit Canker too every 7-10 days as this is good at avoiding mites etc and another way to up keep good ear hygiene. Trim under the ears also to help air circulate as ear issues are another common problem with Newfoundlands.
We clean their teeth twice per week as part of their grooming/hygiene regime with an electric toothbrush. You will be surprised how much they enjoy this.
Some tips here for grooming -http://www.ncanewfs.org/conformation/pages/showgroom.html#.Vqc9SiqLS1u
The links below should take you to Penny Shubert's grooming tutorials on youtube-
This last link is a facebook page called Newfoundland Grooming. You will have to join the group to watch this video but it is worth joining to watch the lady groom from a fluffy Newf to a very close trimmed one.
For Animal Genetic information and test kits please use either of these sites ....
Animal DNA Diagnostics
Laboklin UK for any genetic testing information & test kits
VetGen do many tests for canine genetics too
Pet Blood Bank for doggies blood donations. Also see our page for this.
To read about colour coat genetics written in simple and informative text please visit this site for lots of interesting information.