Approved Food List has been revised as of May 1, 2016


On March 14, 2016 Hannibal’s Leila from Litter 37 turned 14 which for a giant breed dog is 108 in human years. Leila has been under the loving care of Shmuel Farhi and Nicole Laidler in London, Ontario.

Peter Mani­ate, Breeder

In 1977 Peter Mani­ate and his late wife, Maribeth, star­ted breed­ing Canada’s giant nat­ive dog at their first home on Han­ni­bal Road in Bur­l­ing­ton, Ontario. Sub­sequently the breed­ing oper­a­tion was moved to Mis­sissauga in 1980, to Little Bri­tain in 1989 and finally to Lind­say, Ontario in 2005.

An avid writer, Peter has been writ­ing a bi-monthly column on dog cart­ing since 1979 for the Newf News. These columns have been re-printed in other dog magazines around the world. Peter also wrote two fea­ture art­icles for Dogs in Canada magazine along with a reg­u­lar column on New­found­land dogs from 1996 to the final issue of the magazine in Decem­ber, 2011. The column on New­found­land dogs entitled Breed­lines is cur­rently being pub­lished in the Newf News.


  • New­found­land Dog Club of Canada (life mem­ber, past president)
  • Cana­dian Ken­nel Club (life mem­ber, draft dog test judge)
  • South East­ern Ontario Region New­found­land Dog Club of Canada (found­ing member)
  • Central Ontario Newfoundland Dog Club
  • New­found­land Club of America
  • Vic­toria County Ken­nel Club
  • Newf Res­cue Canada
  • Newf Friends New­found­land Dog Rescue

Breed­ing Priorities

To main­tain the sweet dis­pos­i­tion that is the hall­mark of the New­found­land Dog. To pro­duce sound, long liv­ing dogs, free of major genetic faults, that are cap­able of per­form­ing the tra­di­tional work of the breed as draft dogs, water res­cue dogs and as com­pan­ions and pro­tect­ors of chil­dren. To pro­duce lit­ters such that each and every dog is in reas­on­able con­form­ity with the breed stand­ard of the Cana­dian Ken­nel Club.

Hannibal Honours

Hannibal Kennels has received many honours since its inception over thirty years ago. The most prestigious honour was having Hannibal’s Col. Freeman chosen as the model for a 1988 Canada commemorative postage stamp honouring the Newfoundland breed.  Go to Freeman’s tribute →

In 2003, Hannibal’s Christmas Belle, was chosen as the cover model for the August 2003 issue of Dogs in Canada magazine. In addition, Belle was the sixth oldest nominee for the Newfoundland Club of America’s Oldest Living Newfoundland award for 2011 and the only Canadian Newf so honoured. Go to Belle’s tribute →

On April 22, 2004, Hannibal’s Angel Bear (Grace) received the the Newfoundland Club of America Heroic Newf Award after saving seven year old Amiya from drowning the year before. Grace had never had any rescue training; she simply knew instinctively what to do when the time came. Go to Grace’s tribute →