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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have a waitlist?
    Yes. In order to get on my waitlist I require a puppy application submission to learn about you and your family. If I think you are a good fit, I will arrange a telephone interview to further discuss your application, but also be able to answer any questions you may have. If afterwards I think you're a great fit for one of puppies, I will put your name on my waitlist. Potential puppy owners on my waitlist will be given priority over those who apply for a puppy at time of litter announcements. I ask that if you are on my waitlist that you keep in touch every few months. Ultimately the homes I choose will be those that showed a high level of interest by keeping in touch with me, that have shown a desire to get to know me. Even if you are not looking for a newfoundland for a couple years, you can still join the waitlist and pass on a litter until the timing is right.
  • What size dogs do you produce?
    Females on average are 26" at the shoulder, and 100-120lbs. Males on average are 28" at the shoulder and 130-150lbs. Average means I will utilize and produce dogs that both are over and under these amounts. In a litter, size order as puppies does not often translate into same size order as adults, as there are many factors that go into birth size and growth rates. Just like two short people can produce tall kids, the same can happen with a litter as these are polygenetic traits. I will not place puppies in homes based off size. "While large size is desirable, it should not be favored over correct gait, symmetry, soundness and structure." - CKC Newfoundland Breed Standard
  • What is included with each puppy?
    Lifetime breeder support and advice​ Canadian Kennel Club limited (non-breeding) registration M4S ID Microchip registered with CKC and CANADACHIP national pet recovery program Comprehensive puppy package detailing all things newf: socializing, training, exercise, vaccines, diet, common health issues, etc. Physical exam and age-appropriate vaccines (minimum 1 distemper/parvovirus) given by a veterinarian 30 day free trial of Trupanion Pet Insurance Age-appropriate deworming (typically done at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks) Echo-dopplered by a veterinarian with advanced training in cardiology at approximately 10 weeks of age Raised with Puppy Culture/Avidog training methods Blanket containing mother/littermates' scent A familiar toy A 5 generation pedigree A starter collar/leash set and customized Pet ID Tag Sample of food and coupon for free trial bag If, for any reason you are unable to keep your dog, we will ALWAYS take the dog back no matter what
  • Do you require a deposit?
    Once puppies have been born and are past the initial delicate period (2-3 weeks of age), I will ask for a $500 non-refundable* deposit to ensure a puppy in the litter is reserved for you. Deposits are non-refundable as at this point I expect the homes that I have carefully selected to be committed. A lot of time and effort goes into my puppies, but also into vetting families for my Lanfear Newfoundland puppies. *In the event that there is not an available puppy from this litter for some reason (eg. no good matchup for your family), your deposit is 100% refunded.
  • Can I choose which puppy I get?
    We eat/sleep/breathe these puppies for their first 10 plus weeks of their lives. We are constantly watching them to see their individual characteristics such as energy level, work drive, confidence and much more. We then compare these traits with the wants, needs and lifestyle of potential puppy owners via questionnaire answers as well as conversations. We also perform APETs (Avidog Puppy Evaluation Test) at around 9 weeks of age. All this information guides us into determining which family is suited for which puppy and vice versa in order to set up each puppy and family for success. While you may come and visit and one puppy in particular raced over and "chose you", or has a little patch of white on one toe, these are only a snapshot moment in time and/or aren't qualities that are suitable to determine if they are the best fit for your family. That one that greeted you may have the highest energy level and be very boisterous and mischievous, while you were looking for something more calm. Or maybe the other puppies were running around earlier and are napping but this one just woke up from a nap. It's important to trust your breeder with this decision as they will know best!
  • What is the cost of a puppy?
    Puppies cost $4250 total. I do not cut corners. This price reflects all that goes into my breeding program; each and every penny goes right back into it. You are not just buying a puppy. You are buying a puppy from generations of dogs that have ben carefully and selectively bred for health, temperament, soundness and breed type. You are buying a puppy that is raised using Avidog and Puppy Culture methods to give them the best head start in life. You are getting lifelong breeder support. See "what is included with my puppy" for a breakdown of everything you receive with your Lanfear Newfoundland puppy.
  • Do you ship your puppies?
    Yes, I do. By the time newfoundland puppies are 10-12 weeks of age they are too large to fly in the cabin - therefore they must go as cargo. This option will incur extra fees beyond purchase price of the puppy, for the flight, airline-approved crate, waterer (as required) and transport to the airport. In Canada, puppies may fly with Westjet Cargo, Air Canada Cargo, or Cargojet depending on availability. Flights must be direct with no layovers. This may end up costing an additional $600-$900. If in the USA, you must make arrangements to either pick up in person or have a reputable pet transport company pick up; cost for this will greatly vary.
  • Can I breed my puppy?
    All our puppies are sold on a limited (non-breeding) CKC registration unless you are a known reputable breeder to me, that shares my breeding values. Any dog sold as a potential show/breeding prospect will be placed in co-ownership. In some instances, we may be looking for the right co-ownership home for our pick puppy due to limited house space (since more than half of our newfs are retired, cherished family members). Breeding dogs is not something to do light-heartedly. It takes a LOT of time, knowledge, money, energy and often heartache to do correctly. It is not something to just jump into. You need to have a mentor (preferably several!), be willing to learn, and not cut corners. If you are truly interested in helping preserve the newfoundland breed and breed for the right reasons, we can discuss further - after all, the newfoundland breed NEEDS more reputable breeders. If you, however, are wanting to breed so you 'can have another like mom', or 'because they're cute' or 'I want to make money', you will be declined. It is imperative that I protect my lines as well as the lines of all those dogs I use in my breeding program, and there is a hefty financial penalty in my contract for those that breed a dog sold on limited registration. If you are interested in breeding, please make sure you mark off your puppy application as such so we can have an open and honest conversation about it. I promise you, I'm not scary! Every reputable breeder has to start somewhere, and I'd be happy to help you understand what's involved, and whether or not it may be the right decision for you. I can also discuss my requirements for switching from a limited registration to full (breeding) registration, and what you can expect from a co-ownership contract.
  • At what age do puppies go home?
    Puppies will go home no earlier than 10 weeks, after they have had their hearts echo-dopplered by a veterinarian who has additional training in echocardiography. Dr Schott has performed over 15,000 abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds. He had operated under a board certified cardiologist for ten years, and is heavily trusted by our breeding community of both canines and felines.
  • What is the difference between a pet quality puppy and show prospect puppy?
    In every litter there is typically a range of how close puppies fit the breed standard. A pet quality puppy simply has characteristics that deviate a little more - this DOES NOT affect their ability to be a pet! Things like eye shape, head shape, length of leg, angle of shoulder etc will all play a role in deciding these factors, and the untrained eye will not pick up on these qualities. A potential show quality is just that - a puppy we feel that has the potential to improve a breeding program based off their qualities. As a dog ages some of these aspects will change, therefore there is no guarantee that the dog will turn out as predicted. When breeding dogs you will never get that perfect specimen. All dogs have faults no matter how miniscule, but the goal is to get as close as possible to that perfect image while maintaining health, temperament and soundness.
  • Do you offer any health guarantees?
    Yes! While I do everything I can to prevent health issues from arising, these are still living creatures and many health issues are polygenetic without genetic tests for them - breeders simply don't have a way to fully eliminate them from our breeding program. Our rigorous health testing, however, plays an important part in reducing both the frequency and the severity of issues. Lanfear Newfoundlands offers a 2 year health guarantee against debilitating hereditary and/or congenital diseases. For full details please request a copy of our puppy contract.
  • Can I come visit?
    We do not have a kennel; all our dogs live in our home, therefore we do not allow complete strangers to visit. Only those who have been pre-screened via our puppy questionnaire or who we have communicated extensively with are allowed to visit in person. If you are not sure if you're prepared for a newfoundland, we highly recommend visiting us at a dog show if we are in attendance, or joining us during an event held by the Newfoundland Dog Club of Manitoba. We also are available to video chat, too. Screened visitors are allowed to view and play with puppies once they're past the at-risk period, and are greatly encouraged! We even throw puppy parties to help with socialization. We do request guests to come freshly showered in fresh clothes, leave shoes at door and wash hands prior to touching puppies, just as an added precaution.
  • Do you health test? Can I see the certificates?
    Yes and yes! We complete all the health testing recommended by the Newfoundland Dog Club of America to obtain CHIC certificates on all dogs (, plus additional tests. At minimum I have: OFA Hips and Elbows reviewed by board certified radiologists OFA Advanced Cardiac - hearts checked via echocardiogram (doppler ultrasound) by board certified cardiologist CAER Eyes checked via board certified ophthalmologist multiple times as they age OFA Patellas checked by veterinarian DNA tested for cystinuria Puppies also have their hearts checked via echocardiogram (doppler ultrasound) by a veterinarian with advanced training in cardiology, prior to leaving to new homes While we have no problem providing you with a copy of their certificates, all of our dogs used in our breeding program will have their OFA health tests public in the OFA database ( as this is the most reliable way to verify what health testing has been done on each dog. I have seen in some instances people using falsified certificates, therefore I always recommend looking results up directly on the OFA website. *
  • What do you feed your dogs?
    We are currently feeding Inukshuk, but also really like Purina Pro Plan 30/20.
  • Where do your dogs live?
    All our newfoundlands are part of our family. They sleep in our bedroom, lay about in our livingroom, race around our large backyard and curl under the desk while we work. We utilize kennels as needed when managing girls in heat or when going out, but we do not have 'kennel dogs'.
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