Adopting a Newf Within Southern Ontario

Our Newfoundlands are only adopted through face to face contact with the adopters - absolutely no third parties. [Please note that this means that you must visit our kennels.] Initial information is usually exchanged by telephone. Then, if both parties are interested in further discussions, an appointment to visit our kennels is arranged at our mutual convenience. This appointment is always made on the understanding that there is no obligation by either party and it is not expected that a commitment is made on the first visit. If you live outside of southern Ontario or more than five hours from Hannibal Kennels, please refer to Adopting a Newf Outside Southern Ontario.

Our Breeding Priorities Are:

  1. To maintain the sweet disposition that is the hallmark of the Newfoundland Dog.
  2. 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.
  3. To produce litters such that each and every dog is in reasonable conformity with the breed standard of the Canadian Kennel Club.

Hannibal Brood Bitches and Stud Dogs Are:

  1. Temperament tested by us to ensure that their offspring are not vicious with adult humans and absolutely and unconditionally safe with children.
  2. Certified clear of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia by the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and/or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Results are verifiable on the OFA website. Hips are also multi-generation certified.
  3. Cleared of heart problems by a veterinary cardiologist. Results are verifiable on the OFA website.
  4. Tested for health problems in the following areas: cystinuria, patella, eyes and thyroid. Results are verifiable on the OFA website.
  5. Available for your personal assessment.

Stud Dogs Used From Other Kennels Are:

  1. Certified clear of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia by the Ontario Veterinary College and/or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Results are verifiable on the OFA website or photocopies of their certificates are available for your examination.
  2. Certified clear of heart problems. Results are verifiable on the OFA website.
  3. Tested for health problems in the following areas: cystinuria, patella, eyes and thyroid. Results are verifiable on the OFA website or photocopies of their certificates are available for your examination.

Pups Under Four Months Are:

  1. Sold with a standard non-breeding agreement or co-owned.
  2. Unconditionally guaranteed for the life of the dog for temperament with humans.
  3. Guaranteed up to six years of age to be free of genetic/congenital defects that would render him/her functionally unsound.
  4. Guaranteed to live at least ten years.
  5. Sold at base adoption fee of $3,000. Fifty per cent deposit required to hold pup. Balance of sale price due when pup is ready to be picked up, usually at 11 to 13 weeks. Pup may be left at our kennels for an additional period, if required.
  6. Veterinarian examined and given first shots at eight to nine weeks and second shots at 11 to 12 weeks. All sales are conditional on the pup passing these two vet examinations.
  7. Only released to new owners when proper facilities for their Newfoundland are in place. Details of this requirement will be negotiated prior to the acceptance of a deposit. A home visit is usually made by the breeder or representative.

Dogs Over Four Months:

Conditions of sale and price of Newfoundlands over four months of age are negotiated on an individual basis.

Our Services Include:

  1. Consultation, at no charge, for the life of the dog - in urgent situations, at any time of the day or night.
  2. Grooming lessons when first picked up and again at approximately six to eight months of age, along with a breeder check up. Grooming lessons/consultations also available at any time during the life of the dog on request - there is no charge for this service.
  3. Comparison pup maintained by breeder until litter is eight months of age and weekly comparisons of weights and amount of food consumed by comparison pup and littermates via internet. Internet access is therefore a requirement for new puppy adopters.
  4. Assistance in finding a veterinarian and/or training classes.
  5. Assistance in locating suppliers of feed, fencing, dog houses, crates and other necessary equipment.
  6. Sponsorship for and/or information on regional and national dog clubs for Newfoundlands.
  7. Arbitration at no cost (through the Newfoundland Club of America) for all written contractual arrangements.