Tenderheart Newfoundlands is a Colorado state licensed and inspected breeder.
We continually hear of dishonest claims being made online; from fake claims of health certifications, to using our name without our knowledge. It's not uncommon to hear of fake claims of health certs, or to see the term "fully health certified" being used where the dog actually has just one or two certs, or none at all. One breeder claims we are holding the rest of her dogs health certs; health certs the breeder already knows have NEVER existed before, nor during the several years that the dog has been bred either. When FULL REGISTRATION is purchased and you have possession of the pup, each individual breeder is responsible and accountable for finishing their dogs health certs before the decision is made to breed.
We have also never been partnered or offered our puppies through other breeders; beware of those who pretend they're a "Counter-Part" or Co-Breeder to Tenderhearts. Given the pretense that this is okay so long as one of their breeding Newfs is from Tenderheart is unethical. Anything and everything can change when undesirable traits are blended into another bloodline. Using our name is NOT a replacement for quality & health! Even the best of show dogs can carry serious genetic issues, health certs are NOT required for the show ring. Not all bloodlines carry the best characteristics, and not all Newfs are healthy enough to breed! Health certs are absolutely necessary!
The ONLY claims made by responsible breeders should be claims of their own complete health certifications! We list our health certs online for your convenience. Making money has become more important than having healthy breeding parents. Most pups coming from parents without complete health certs, can typically be found in ads online being offered for $800-$1200. The risks involved in "cheap" puppies can result in $10,000 for Hip replacement, $4,000 to $12,000 for torn cruciate tendons, and of course there is no cure for early heart disease.
"But my vet says my dogs are healthy", or "I have all of the health certs here in a drawer, I just haven't sent them in yet", are often excuses used for skipping 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 very misused term; it's often used to distract and influence buyers. Is one of the parents to your puppy a champion? 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.
WE ENCOURAGE 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 160 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 removing the foreclaws (dewclaws) creates high risk of dysplasia and the development of terminal cancer. There are 2 major functioning tendons and a muscle attached to the front dewclaws. When the dew claws are removed, major muscle bundles become atrophied (wasting away) often resulting 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 the most common excuse "All of my health certs are done or sitting in a drawer, I just never bothered to send them in". 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 creme, tan and beige (dilute brown); or gray (a dilute black). These are not "rare colors", but rather markers for poorly bred dogs.
The dilute gene is a genetic defect, often carrying serious fur quality and health issues such as food allergies, hot-spots, and other bacterial skin infections. Dilute fur is often patchy and discolored with a combination of poor coat quality and visible thin/balding fur on the ears, head, legs and tail; especially visible in photos of older puppies and adult Newfs. Risks involved with dilutes out-weigh the overall health of the breed.
***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