About Newf Friends

Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a volunteer run, foster home based rescue group for Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada.
We place Newfs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and surrounding provinces and states.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

About Newf Friends

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Surrendering your Newf:
If you're thinking about rehoming your Newf you can reach us by email at newf.friends@gmail.com

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If you're interested in adopting a Newf visit our Available Dogs page for a list of the Newfs who are currently available.  Our adoption application can be found on the Contact Us and Forms page. Be sure to review our a FAQ page to learn more about our adoption procedures and policies.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Temperament issues in Newfs, a growing concern

"Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland"....unless you buy your Newf from a lousy breeder, then all bets are off.

The breed we love is in trouble and it's time to have an honest discussion about what has gone wrong and what can be done to stop it.  Here in Ontario we're seeing a very concerning trend:  more and more Newfs are showing dog aggression, severe prey drive and human aggression. It's heart breaking for our volunteers to see the increased numbers of dogs coming through our program who are so un-Newf like in temperament that they need to be muzzled, sequestered from other animals or euthanized for uncontrollable aggression toward humans.

Why is this happening?
Temperament is a heritable trait, meaning that it is passed along to dogs through their genes.  When dogs who are genetically predisposed to having temperament issues are bred these genes are passed onto their offspring.  While environment certainly plays a part in shaping behaviour, genetics play a much larger role in determining the temperament of a dog.   Certain poorly bred lines of Newfoundland Dogs are well known to us as having incorrect temperament, and these temperament issues are being passed on to generation after generation through the breeding of these dogs.   There are large scale (and small scale) puppy producers and BYB who are using this breeding stock, and as a result they are producing dogs with very serious temperament issues and selling them to unsuspecting buyers as pets.

To make matters worse, these lousy breeders are providing breeding stock to other lousy breeders, and sharing breeding stock back and forth, perpetuating the breeding of Newfs with incorrect temperament and form. One notorious large scale puppy producer in this province who has been at the centre of this poor temperament epidemic has been providing new breeding stock to other puppy producers throughout the province and also across Canada and the US, spreading the genetic mess they have created across the continent.  Not only do these lines have serious temperament issues, but they also have very serious health issues as well.  

Lousy breeders don't care enough about the dogs they are producing to perform proper health clearances, and they also don't care enough to breed selectively for correct temperament.  Sadly, for the most part they also don't properly socialize the pups or raise them in environments that nurture correct temperament.  The pups are typically sold before they are 10 weeks of age so they miss out on necessary socialization from their litter-mates which makes matters even worse.  These breeders are producing dogs who have serious health and temperament issues and they are saturating the market.

With lousy breeders producing a large volume of poor quality puppies the Newfoundland dog breed as a whole is suffering greatly.  We are seeing more and more "purebred" newfs who barely resemble the breed in appearance or behaviour.  The time to act is now.

What can you do?  
Help us educate the public. Help spread the word that not all breeders are created equal.  

Warn potential buyers about the risks of buying dogs from breeders who advertise on Kijiji, Craigslist or facebook sale groups.  Share our article on how to identify BYB http://newf-friends.blogspot.ca/p/identifying-byb.html and encourage people to do their homework when selecting a breeder. When in doubt, your local rescue group is a great resource to get information about the quality of local kennels.  Local rescues know the good, the bad and the ugly.  

Help us direct potential puppy buyers to good, reputable, conscientious breeders and away from the lousy puppy producers.  If you know of someone who is looking to purchase a puppy please direct them to our breeder referral page http://newf-friends.blogspot.ca/p/breeder-referral-program.html  

If you are a reputable breeder producing healthy, happy, friendly, correct Newfs - bravo!  Keep your membership with the National Club current so that potential buyers can find you, get involved with your Regional Club to meet future newf owners, volunteer with your local rescue to help clean up the mess the lousy kennels have made,  and keep breeding awesome dogs. We love properly bred Newfs and we need good breeders to keep producing them. 

Help shut down lousy breeders!  If you witness neglect, poor living conditions, questionable practices report them to the SPCA.  If you have concerns about dogs not being registered, dogs being registered incorrectly, a breeder selling dogs at different prices if they are registered, or other similar issues, report the breeder to the CKC.  If you have any questionable experiences with a Newf breeder let your local Newf rescue know about it and they can help direct you to the right resources.

Keep us informed. If you have information about a Newf breeder that you think we need to know about, or that the National club needs to know about, please contact us.  We can't help fix problems if we don't know about them.  If we are armed with good information we can work constructively to bring about change.  

Support your local rescue, your Regional Newf Club and the National club.  These are the people who are advocating for the breed, who are lobbying for changes to policy to help protect dogs and future puppy purchasers, who are preserving the history of the breed and striving to maintain the true qualities of the Newfoundland Dog breed.  Help us save the breed we all love.

Saturday, January 30, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Currently under assessment - applications are being accepted but screening homes has not begun yet
4-6 years old
Fenced Yard Required
Located in Belwood, ON

All About Linus
Nope, he's not a Newf!  We were asked by rescue friends to help this boy find the perfect home.  He entered our foster program on Jan 30.

Linus is an approximately 4-6 year old Leonberger mix.  He's an intelligent boy who has much love to give!

Found as a stray with his pal Lucy, we don't know much about his past.  The pair were adopted from a shelter in the US in mid-January and brought to their new home in Ontario. Integration into their new home has not been successful so the decision was made to rehome them.  Rather than returning them to a shelter environment the family opted to place them into a foster home based rescue for proper assessment and training, so they ended up in our care.

Linus is looking for an owner who enjoys intelligent, working breed dogs. He knows basic commands and responds to direction from a confident handler.  He is motivated to please and eager to learn.  His leash manners are good, housebreaking is coming along.

He is well suited to an owner who is a leader and can offer him positive encouragement and guidance.   Linus is not a suitable match for a first time dog owner.

Linus would be happy as the only dog in a family, or paired with another well socialized female who is comfortable around other dogs.

Linus is enrolled in a month long training program and will be ready to join an adoptive home once that is complete (end of Feb).  Further information will be posted in the coming days as he progresses through his assessment and training. We will begin screening potential homes once his assessment is completed.

Linus is neutered and up to date on vaccines.  He currently weighs in the 115 lb range.

Linus is being fostered in Belwood, ON.  A huge thank you goes out to Mayrich Kennels for all of their help with Linus.

His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $350 applies.



Quick Adoption Overview2 years old
OK with calm, respectful dogs
Fenced Yard Required
Located in Alliston, ON

All About Lucy
Nope, she's not a Newf!  We were asked by rescue friends to help this girl find the perfect home.   She joined our foster program on Jan 30.

Lucy is an approximately 2 year old Leonberger mix.  She is a sweet and sensitive girl who's looking for a calm, loving home.

Lovely Lucy -- in need of putting on some weight!
Found as a stray with her pal Linus, we don't know much about her past.  The pair were adopted from a shelter in the US in mid-January and brought to their new home in Ontario. Integration into their new home has not been successful so the decision was made to re-home them.  Rather than returning them to a shelter environment the family opted to place them into a foster home based rescue for proper assessment and training, so they ended up in our care.

Lucy is an affectionate girl who will benefit greatly from opportunities to help her build her confidence.  A sensitive girl, she is looking for an owner who can confidently lead her and help her come out of her shell, giving her lots of opportunities for socialization.

Lucy knows some commands, is eager to please, seeks approval and responds to positive training techniques.  She is well suited to an owner who has previous large breed experience and has the time to work on confidence building with her.

Lucy has a playful side and gets along well with dogs who are well mannered and respectful.  She has settled into her foster home with a golden retriever and is very happy and relaxed around him.  She would be happy to join a family where there was another calm and respectful dog.  She has shown some resource guarding (directed at the other dog) at meal time, so an owner who is able to manage this type of behaviour is required.

She easily becomes overwhelmed when faced with other large breed dogs who are boisterous and in her face.   She is not suited to a home with pushy or overly playful dogs.

Lucy has been spayed, is up to date on vaccines.  She currently weighs about 70 lbs and is in need of putting on weight.

She is being fostered in the Alliston, ON area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $350 applies.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
7-8 years old
Good with kids
Prefers to have someone home most of the time
Has poor hearing
Suitable match for a well mannered canine playmate
Fenced Yard Required
Located in Bomanville, ON

All About Rufus
Love-bug Rufus was adopted from us in early 2015, but due to changes in his owner's travel arrangements necessitating frequent boarding, which is stressful for Rufus, the decision was made to have him come back into our care on January 20/16.

Sweet boy Rufus is a gentle Newf who was picked up by animal control as a stray in 2014, dragging a broken tie out lead behind him.  He was in bad condition at the time and spent many months in foster care getting healthy and ready for adoption.  We don't know much about his past, but estimate that he is now 7-8 years old.

He acts like a pup, is silly and friendly, loves to roll in the grass and is an all around happy boy.   He's a bit of a goof-ball and his foster mom nicknamed him Dufus because of his silly personality!

Rufus has nice manners and is very social -- he loves to greet people and to get lots of attention, especially belly rubs!!!!   A home with an owner who enjoys having their dog right by their side would be best for Rufus, because he looks to his owner for guidance.

His foster mom says he is the typical velcro-newf, loves to be with people, so he is best suited to a home where someone is around most of the time.  Rufus becomes anxious when he can't find his family, he likes to stick close where he feels safe. 

He is not a candidate for staying in boarding kennels -- it is just too stressful for him.  A quiet, calm, peaceful home where there is consistent routine and someone by his side is what Rufus needs.

A sweet and playful boy, in a safe environment Rufus thrives.  He is not able to hear very well, so routine and security are essential for him.

Rufus gets along with other dogs and is gentle and friendly...a little TOO friendly at times.  Ha, ha!  His foster sisters let him know that humping is not allowed and he got the message quickly.  What a good boy, he just wants to please!  Rufus could happily join a home with another well mannered dog.  He benefits from the company of other animals and picks up cues from them about what is going on around him, helping him to compensate for his impaired hearing.

He knows basic commands by hand signal, takes food very gently, likes to be petted and handled and is an all around great boy.  He caught onto housebreaking in his foster home in no time although some disruption during the transition period into a new home would be expected.   He wants to please and is a quick learner.

Rufus is a smaller boy, perhaps a newf-mix, weighing under 100 lbs. He is neutered and UTD on vaccines.  When stressed he may develop loose stools, so again it is important for him to have a safe, predictable environment to keep him happy.  He has lost some weight recently with the stress of changes in his environment.  We hope to have weight back on him soon.   Rufus takes thyroid medication and we will be running some bloodwork to ensure that his thyroid is functioning well with the current medication dose. Once his test results are back and we confirm that all is well he will be ready to join an adoptive home.  We are accepting applications now.

Rufus is being fostered in Bomanville, ON.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  

A safe and securely fenced yard is required.

 To be considered for adopting a Newf from Newf Friends please complete the adoption application found here and email it back to us. An adoption donation of $350 applies to adopt Rufus.

Saturday, January 2, 2016


February 5, 2016: I was adopted!

This gorgeous girl is a real gem.  Rigi has excellent house manners, knows her commands, is super friendly, loves everyone she meets, gets along well with other dogs, and she's cute as a button.  What a great catch!

This beautiful 4 year old Saint Bernard comes from a loving family who came to us for help with rehoming Rigi becasue they are relocating and she is not able to accompany them.  Rigi has been well loved and cared for her entire life, and it shows -- she is a happy, healthy, well mannered dog.

Rigi is pronounced Ree-ghee and is the local name for the largest mountain in a range in the Swiss Alps close to the Saint Bernard Pass and is known as “the Queen of the Mountains.” 

Rigi is used to living in the country and enjoys spending time with her family.  A very people focused girl, she loves to get loads of attention and care.  She is very fond of children and could join a family with older kids (she's a bit too big and clumsy to live with very young children!) She has always had someone home with her through the day and would be happiest joining a family where she is not left alone for long hours.   A few hours at a time would be fine though.

A big, bouncy, playful girl, Rigi plays nicely with other dogs and could happily join a family with an equally well mannered playmate.  She has not lived with a cat since she was a pup, but is not highly prey driven and should be fine joining a family with a dog savvy cat.

Rigi knows her basic commands, her off lead recall can be a little slow (yep, she takes her time) but overall she follows commands well.  She is used to being walked off lead at her home, but does have good leash manners after a brief moment of excitement when she first gets her leash put on.  She travels well in the car and uses a ramp to get in and out.

Rigi has been spayed, her vaccines are current, she has received regular vet care throughout her life, and appears to be in very good health.  She was born on April 21, 2011.  She weighs 130 lbs and is 4 years old.

While we search for an adoptive family, Rigi will continue to live with her surrendering family in the Midland, ON area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 to Newf Friends applies.

Friday, January 1, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
1 year old
No children under 12 yrs
Suitable for mellow canine playmate
No cats
Fenced Yard Required
Located in Mississauga, ON

All About Darla
Adorable gal Darla is a sweet pup who is the first arrival of the New Year at Newf Friends.

Born on Jan 5, 2015 she is 1 year old and a typical pup full of energy and enthusiasm.  An active girl, she is looking for a home where she will have lots of opportunities to get out and exercise her body and mind.

Darla knows some basic commands and is eager to learn.  With a confident handler at her side who has the time to socialize and train her she will come along nicely.  Her leash manners are a work in progress but she improves daily.

She came to us when her owner was not able to resolve certain problematic behaviours -- she was chasing horses and had become protective of the child in her home, refusing to let other dogs near her.  We are looking for an adult only home for Darla.

In foster care she continues to chase animals, particularly cats, so she will need to join an adoptive family where her prey drive can be kept in check.  Families who have cats or other small animals are not a match for Darla.

Darla made fast friends with several of the dogs at her temporary foster home and quite enjoys playing. One-on-one she has a great time wrestling and goofing around with another well mannered playmate.

In a group of dogs she easily becomes overstimulated and has a hard time controlling herself -- the excitement of dogs playing, romping and horsing around is too much for her to handle and she will go after the other dogs.  For this reason she is not suited to a home with several other dogs, or where she will be expected to go to a dog park.  She would be fine in a home as the only dog, or with one other well socialized dog. 

Darla is now enrolled in obedience classes and her foster mom is helping her to learn to interact calmly with other dogs. This retraining will be ongoing and her potential adopters should be willing to continue with her obedience work.

Watch her video below!

Health wise, this cute girl is a happy, spunky pup.  She underwent spay surgery and had her cherry eye corrected in early February, and once healed she will be ready to join an adoptive home.  She is current on her vaccines.

Darla is being fostered in west end of Toronto.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015



Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
3 years old
Suitable match for a well mannered canine playmate - can be reactive to some other dogs
No cats
Fenced Yard Required
Located in Ottawa, ON

All About Dana
This gorgeous 3 year old gal is friendly and affectionate and loves to get loads of attention.

Dana is very eager to please and knows her basic commands.  She has great focus when working (even in distracting environments), has super recall, heels nicely and loves to follow direction in exchange for lots of praise, or cookies (her fave!)  With a skilled handler at her side, Dana will be a great candidate for obedience work, carting and other working activities.  

Nothing pleases Dana more than to be the center of attention - she thrives on positive interactions. She's pretty sure that she's the greatest thing since sliced bread and she makes sure that everyone knows it.  Yep, she's an attention hog!  An owner who can give her lots of love, but balance that with structure and the need for her to earn her attention will be the best match for her.  A "Nothing in Life is Free" philosophy is perfect for Dana to give her opportunities to earn affection rather than demand it.  She loves to work and please her handler, and lots of love and affection is the perfect reward for her great behaviour.

Watch her video below!

Dana gets along with other well mannered dogs and could join a family with another properly socialized 4 footed pal.  She likes to play with well socialized dogs and enjoys the company of mellow, easy going dogs.  She has a special fondness for a little Beagle mix at her foster home -- she thinks he's pretty special!

Dana is not interested in spending time with young hooligans or overly excitable dogs who are boisterous or loud, or with dogs who have poor doggie social skills.  She's what we call the "fun police" -- if other dogs are playing too roughly she feels the need to intervene.  For this reason, she is not a good choice for families who like to go to the dog park where there are a lot of excited dogs romping and playing.  

She likes to chase cats so is not suited to a home with feline friends or very small dogs.

Dana is a chow hound and looooves to eat.  She is learning about patience and waiting nicely for her meals and is making great progress with this.  A little more work will be needed to help her build her patience.  She can be pushy and demanding of treats and will try to push other dogs out of the way to get her treat first, so she needs an owner who will continue to work to help her learn to wait nicely.  A family with young children will not be a good fit for her, she would likely help herself to their food!  She is not aggressive around food at all, just pushy and demanding and in need of some manners.

Dana is a very sweet girl who wants to please and do well, and with a little structure and guidance from an experienced owner she will thrive.  She is best suited to someone who has experience with giant working breeds to help her harness her working instincts and focus on working for her rewards.  She bonds quickly to her owner and would be happiest in a home where she will have someone around her much of the time. 

Dana is UTD on vaccines and has been spayed. She is an active, happy girl. We are currently treating her for a urinary tract infection.  Once her meds are done we will repeat bloodwork and urinalysis to ensure all is well before proceeding with her adoption.

She is being fostered in Ottawa, ON.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.   An adoption donation of $500 applies.
We will consider adoptive families who live within a 1 day drive of her foster location.  This includes part of ON, QC, NB, NY, NJ, CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, etc.  US adopters will need a valid passport to come into Canada.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Grooming Safety Tips

Handsome boy Screech is lucky to be alive after suffering from heat stroke while at the groomer. How did that happen on a cold winter day in northern Ontario?  He was put under a cage dryer by his groomer, and it nearly cost him his life.   Screech ended up being hospitalized and has severe muscle damage following the incident.

With the holiday season upon us many Newfs will be heading in for a day at the spa to get all spiffed up for family gatherings.  Before you drop your Newf at the groomer, take a moment to review some basic safety tips first. 
  • Newfs are far too heat sensitive to safely be left under a cage dryer - you need to ensure that the groomer knows never to use a cage dryer on your Newf.  They should only be dried with high velocity dog dryers with no heat, and they should be under constant supervision.  
  •  Also make sure that your Newf will not be left in a room where cage dryers are running -- the rooms can quickly become too hot for a Newf.
  • Experienced Newf groomer Tricia from Cloverleaf Grooming in MA tells us,  "From a groomer's perspective, you should be aware that heat AND humidity are problems in grooming environments. Be sure that your groomer is controlling humidity. High velocity drying disperses atomized air into the environment and the dryers themselves, although not having heating elements, can become quite hot just from circulating air through the motor (feel the hose sometime after it's been running.) Proper ventilation of cages (wire crates are best) and air circulation with dehumidification are essentials that groomers must provide for dogs that are at risk for overheating during grooming."
  •  Newfs should be scheduled for grooming early in the day, and they should be moved through the grooming process quickly to get them out of the hot/humid environment as quickly as possible.  
  • Newfs should have free access to drinking water while at the groomer.
  • Ensure that your dog will be in a secure area where there is no access to exterior doors they could accidentally slip out of. 
  • If your Newf is not used to be being on a grooming table, let the groomer know this ahead of time, it may be safer for your Newf to stay on the floor to be groomed. 
  • Newfs should never be allowed to jump out of tubs or off of tables without someone supporting their front end to prevent injury. 
  • If your Newf has any orthopedic issues, tell your groomer about them before hand. Some groomers may tell owners to double up on their dog's pain meds for the day of the groom -- NEVER DO THIS without consulting your vet first!
With a few basic safety precautions and some common sense your Newf can enjoy it's day at the spa without any risk.

Thanks to Screech's owner, JoAnne of  Badbear Newfoundlands in Thunderbay, ON for sharing Screech's story with us, and to his co-owners for granting permission for us to share it on our site. We're all wishing Screech a speedy recovery.

AM/CAN CH Top Shelf Screech to Badbear RN
If you have other grooming safety tips feel free to email them to us to be added to our article.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Do I need Pet Insurance?

Do I need insurance for my pet?

Before adding a four footed companion to your family it is important to consider how you will manage financially if the dog were to be injured or become ill and need specialized treatment. 

One of the reasons loving owners end up surrendering their Newf to our rescue is that they can not afford the financial burden of treating serious injury or illness.  Some of the most common health issues are skin issues which can be extremely expensive to diagnose and manage, and ruptured cruciate ligaments which cost in the vicinity of $3000-5000 per knee to repair, depending where you live in the province.  As a general rule, we advise potential adopters that if you can not easily access $5000 for emergency treatment, you should consider having a plan in place for how you will cover emergency vet care.  

Some families will set up emergency accounts for their pets which they automatically deposit funds to each month, and they leave that money aside in case of emergency.  This is a great option if you know that you will be able to leave the money untouched and only use if for emergencies.  However, realistically, many families are not in a position to do this, and having an insurance plan for their pet is the best option.

There are a number of plans available and it is important to look at what is and what is not covered before you decide on a plan.  Policies vary and monthly premiums range from about $40/month for basic plans to $100/month for plans that offer unlimited coverage and include preventative care including annual vet visits, bloodwork, heartworm prevention medications, vaccines, etc.

The companies some of our supporters have found to be easy to work with are Trupanion and Desjardins as their claims process and policy coverage are quite good. Check out their websites for pricing/limits/deductibles/copay amounts so that you can get an idea of what it will cost based on the age of your dog.  Also research other companies to see which group offers the right policy for you - your vet can offer you some suggestions.

By putting an emergency plan in place before you add your new family member you can rest easy knowing that should your four footed friend need care, you will be able to give them the treatment they need to help them recover.