It was brought to our attention there are a few other breeders who have been claiming our name to sell their own puppies, falsely claiming they are associated with Tenderhearts as a "Counter-Part" or Co-Breeder. We have never been partnered with anyone, and we have never offered our puppies through other breeders; these puppies ARE NOT Tenderheart puppies! The ONLY claims made by other Newfoundland breeders should be claims of their own health certifications! Throwing our name out there is NOT a quick way to for other breeders to sell their pups, or a replacement for quality and health in their pups! Given the false pretense that this is okay so long as one of their breeding Newfs is from Tenderhearts is unethical, and only meant to deceive the puppy buyer.
When a breeder adds one of our pups to their own group of multiple breeding Newfs, any pups these Newfs produce are understandably no longer our bloodlines. Skipped health-certifications (or none at all) are a strong indicator that breed standard and health are being ignored. Not all bloodlines carry the best characteristics, and not all are healthy enough to breed! Without complete health tested bloodlines, all you are left with is what the breeder wants you to believe. A responsible breeder will be happy to SHOW YOU their complete health certifications Reputable vets do not tell breeders to skip health certifications. The NCA recommendations for all breeding Newfs includes vital Cystinuria testing, OFA Heart (a simple vet check is not the same thing), OFA Hip or PennHip, OFA Elbows and Patella, and OFA Thyroid. These are the standard health testing certs for the Newfoundland breed. While there are no perfect bloodlines, continual testing of breeding Newfs by dedicated breeders is absolutely necessary.
Thankyou for your consideration~~
"CHAMPION BLOODLINES" is a term often used to distract buyers from noticing a lack of breed standard and quality in the pups being offered, partial/missing health certificates, or none at all. If the closest champion in your pups pedigree is a great-grandparent or even further back in his pedigree, and you're told this is a champion bloodline, please remember anything and everything can change when undesirable traits are blended into a bloodline.
AKC REGISTRATION: AKC provides dog registry services, DNA record keeping, and pedigree information for research and viability of dog breeds. Most pedigrees are used to see how the dogs in the first three generations were produced, and how they might be related. Puppy ads often have the appearance of being written or promoted by AKC, but anyone with online access can place an ad in the way they expect you to perceive it; some offer quality pups, some do not.
IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH TESTING: In such a busy world of dog-breeding, pups whose parents lack complete health testing (or have no health testing at all) typically sell for around $800-$1200. Hip replacement estimates around $5,000 per hip ($10,000 for both hips), heart issues are generally untreatable other than helping the dog to be more comfortable. Behavioral and other health issues are more likely to occur in when breed qualities are ignored. Buyers discretion is highly advised in any breed, but especially in a large breed prone to multiple serious health issues.
We encourage puppy buyers to ask questions, visit your breeder if possible, and to take advantage of the health and pedigree info provided on our pages to help make your buying experience easier. The Newfoundland Club of America) and AKC advise breeders to have all breeding stock evaluated before breeding!
We promote responsible breeding and enjoy working with Moore Newfies, Dyer Lake Newfoundlands, Mesa Verde Newfoundlands, and T&R Newfies.
~~Please read "YOUR PUPPY!", a page created just for you!~~
Our Newfs are breed standard in size; our adult Newfs range in weight from 120 lbs. to 150 lbs. Our bloodlines include champions and foreign imports from Hungary, France, Spain, Poland, and Russia. We look forward to producing some exceptional puppies!
We encourage all puppy buyers to visit their breeders in person before a puppy choice is made; actually seeing the parents to your pup in person may help you to avoid being highly disappointed later.
Visitors are welcome, and we enjoy meeting our puppy families! Please contact us to make an appointment that will work well for each of us before dropping by.
Why we DO NOT remove dewclaws! Studies show there are 2 major functioning tendons and a muscle attached to the front dewclaws; if you cut off the dew claws, there are major muscle bundles that will become atrophied (wasting away). Muscles attached to the dewclaws are actually needed and used for gripping and providing traction; damaged muscles caused by dewclaw removal often result in unnatural twisting of the leg, Carpal Arthritis, and injuries to other joints, as well as being prone to cancerous growths . Please click the following link to learn more....
Our Commitment to Newfy Health:
All puppies are just too cute! But when health-testing is being avoided you'll often hear excuses such as, "Our Newfs came from great bloodlines to begin with", "My vet says my dogs are healthy", and "All of my health certs are done or sitting in a drawer, I just never bothered to send them in" (the most common excuse puppy buyers will hear). Reputable veterinarians WILL NOT tell a breeder their Newf is healthy enough to breed without all proper health certifications. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is a public resource (see link below), specifically developed for the use of Veterinarians and responsible breeders. We post our certifications online for your convenience on Our Sires and Our Dams pages.
~~CLICK HIGHLIGHTED LINKS BELOW~~
Pedigree info www.newfoundlanddog-database.net/en/
OFA heart/hip/patellas/elbow/Cystinuria www.ofa.org
We test for:
~ OFA Heart Certification..............................at 12-Months
~ Cystinuria Certification.......................Available at Birth
~ OFA Elbows Certification............................at 12-Months
~ PennHip (HIPS) or OFA Hip Pre-lims.............12-Months
~ OFA Patellas Certification...........................at 12-Months
~ OFA Hip Certification.................Available at 24-Months
~ OFA Thyroid (Growth/Health development)..at 12-Mon.
Also provided with each of our breeding Newfs info:
~ DNA profiling......................................Available at Birth
~ 3-Generation Pedigree.........................Available at Birth
~ OFA Dentition (Teeth/Bite placement).......at 12-Months
~ Degenerative Myelopathy....................Available at Birth
*** We breed to establish the correct AKC acceptable coat colors; solid black, solid bronze, and black & white Landseer.
(See ~AKC Standard~)
***We DO NOT breed for the non-standard dilute colors! These are not "rare colors", but rather markers for poorly bred dogs. Risks involved with dilutes out-weigh the overall health of the breed. The dilute gene is a genetic defect, often carrying visible thin and balding fur on the ears, head, legs and tail; especially visible in photos of older puppies and adult Newfs. The facial fur of the dilute Newf is often discolored and short, creating an old dog look. Allergies, patchy fur discolorations, bacterial infections, and balding are much more common in the dilute.
CREME, TAN, and BEIGE --- These are dilute BROWN.
GRAY --- GRAY is a dilute BLACK.
***The Newfoundland Club of America and AKC have created the "Breed Standard" in an effort to preserve the better qualities of the breed. Not all breeders share this same commitment to the breed, and not all Newfy puppies will carry better qualities.
~Thank you for your consideration~
Tenderheart Newfoundlands is located in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Colorado. We have over a decade of experience in raising quality Newfoundland bloodlines. Our Newfie's live in the comfort of our home and fenced yard; our puppies are raised inside our home and handled from birth. Our extended Two-Year Health and Genetic Guarantee is posted online for your convenience on our Health Guarantee page. Deposits are non-refundable.
We offer puppies for family pets, or with Full Registration to approved homes (inquire within). Feel free to contact us for more information, including how to get added to our waiting list. We aim to keep our families informed, as well as providing healthy intelligent pups. We look forward to hearing from you!
Carl and Carol Gray
P. O. Box 504
Cortez, Colorado 81321
Cell Phone (970) 529-6993
P. O. Box 504
Cortez, Colorado 81321
Cell Phone (970) 529-6993