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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.
Established in 2008.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Buyer Beware

The newspapers and online listings are full of "purebred" dogs for sale. People considering buying a purebred dog need to know a few things...

If a breeder says that their breeding stock is active in conformation, draft or carting, therapy, obedience, etc., you should demand to see the certificates for what they say they have accomplished with the breed. You should also be able to see certificates for health clearances. A reliable breeder will be happy to provide you proof of their accomplishments, as well as health clearances on their breeding stock. Also, ask to see the parent's CKC certificates - in Canada pure-bred dogs MAY be registered under a CKC not-for-breeding contract, and puppies from these dogs can not be registered. The certificates issued by CKC clearly show the status of the dog's registration.

In Canada, it is ILLEGAL for a breeder to represent a dog as "purebred" and not provide papers. Canadian breeders MUST supply registration papers at NO EXTRA COST. Beware of breeders who offer a "discount" for not supplying papers. ALL puppies MUST be permanently identified BEFORE they leave the breeder - by microchip or CKC assigned tattoo.

In Canada, the breeder is responsible for completion, submission and payment of the registration with the Canadian Kennel Club. By law, registration papers MUST be supplied to puppy buyers WITHIN SIX MONTHS of the date of purchase.

If a Canadian breeder does not provide a buyer with registration papers, the buyer can contact the Canadian Kennel Club 416-675-5511, and ask for information on how to obtain their registration documents.
There should also be a written contract between the breeder and the buyers, clearly stating the responsibilities of each party.

Under Canadian Kennel Club by-laws, it is illegal for a CKC member/breeder to offer mixed breed (non purebred) dogs for sale.