Most Newfs go through some awkward stages, especially during the first year, and at times seem to be all ears, all legs, or awkward because of uneven growth. Be patient; most will mature to be beautiful adults. The first year the puppy will get its height, the second and third years it acquires muscle and rib spring, and the fourth year it reaches maturity.
Your breeder will have a sales contract or agreement, which you should read carefully and discuss in detail before signing. Most contracts contain provisions for dealing with health problems that may develop and the care required to be provided by the new owner, such as diets and neutering. As there is much discussion and controversy concerning these subjects, the buyer should discuss these topics individually with the breeder. Also, the Newfoundland breed is subject to heart defects and other hereditary conditions. No bloodline is absolutely free of all hereditary problems, but a breeder should be ready to discuss openly any dogs in his kennel and their pedigree. All breeds have tendencies toward various hereditary defects that require consideration in choosing a puppy.
The AKC requires that breeders keep full and accurate records of their litters. All responsible breeders are interested in the progress of their puppies. If for some reason you are unable to keep your Newf, the first person you should contact is the breeder. A reputable breeder will take the dog back, regardless of the dog’s age, or will find it a new home. If you find a new home for the dog, the breeder will want to have the name and address of the new owner. If you are unable to contact the breeder, the NCA strongly recommends that you do not place the dog in a shelter or rescue program not affiliated with the NCA or one of its regional clubs. In the best interest of your Newf, please contact the NCA or the regional club in your area for help through the clubs’ rescue programs
The Newfoundland Rescue Network maintains a waiting list of pre-screened adoptive homes that are interested in acquiring a Newfoundland from the Network.