Tenderheart Newfoundlands is a Colorado state licensed and inspected breeder.
Finding a healthy puppy is becoming more and more difficult as fake health certifications are often claimed. Persuasive online misinformation can also mislead you and add to the frustration of your search. However, the truth is common sense; health certifications and quality bloodlines are of the utmost importance. Learn about the breed as needed, ask questions, and visit your breeder!
Fake health certs are claimed in many ways. When FULL REGISTRATION is purchased and the buyer takes possession of the pup, each individual owner is responsible and accountable for finishing their Newfy's health certs before the decision is made to breed! We do not "hold" health certs; if health certifications do exist, the breeder would have copies of the certs from OFA (not from us), and the health certifications would be publicly listed in the OFA database online. It's not uncommon to hear claims of fake health certs, champion bloodlines, or to see the term "fully health certified" being used where the dog actually has just one or two certs, or none at all.
Using our name is NOT a replacement for quality & health! The ONLY claims made by responsible breeders should be claims of their own complete health certifications! Anything and everything can change when undesirable traits are blended into another bloodline. Even the best of show dogs can carry serious genetic issues; health certifications are NOT required for the show ring. Not all Newfs carry the best of characteristics, and not all bloodlines are healthy enough to breed! Health certs are absolutely necessary. We list our health certs online for your convenience.
We have never been partnered or offered our puppies through other breeders; beware of claims from those who pretend they're a "Counter-Part" or Co-Breeder to Tenderhearts. Given the false pretense that this is okay so long as one of their breeding Newfs is from Tenderheart is unethical.
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 per each torn cruciate tendon, and of course there is no cure for Cystinuria or 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 term which is often misused in an effort to distract and influence buyers. Is one of the parents to your puppy a champion?
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 your breeder 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 set up 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 & bacterial skin infections, poor discolored coat with 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