Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Newfoundland puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Newfoundlands, the best dog food diet for feeding Newfoundland puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Newfoundland dog breed

Newfoundland Health Problems and Raising a Newfoundland Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Newfoundlands:

Heart disease is a major problem in Newfoundlands – especially subaortic stenosis, but also pulmonic stenosis, cardiomyopathy, tricuspid valve disease, patent ductus arteriosus, and septal defects.

Orthopedic problems are extremely common in Newfs, especially hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 12,000 Newfoundlands and found 26% dysplastic – the 20th worst rate of 142 breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Of 3700 elbow X-rays, 25% were dysplastic – the 5th worst rate of 82 breeds. Compare these to the Great Pyrenees, who has a 9% hip dysplasia rate and a 1.5% elbow dysplasia rate.

Other common orthopedic diseases in Newfoundlands include cruciate ligament rupture, panosteitis, osteochondritis, and luxating patella.

Cancer (especially lymphosarcoma and osteosarcoma) claims the lives of many Newfoundlands.

Urinary infections occur regularly and a serious urinary disease called cystinuria is more common in Newfoundlands than in most other breeds.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Newfoundlands are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat – in fact, of all breeds, they are the 9th most likely to develop it.

Eye diseases that occur regularly in the Newfoundland include cataracts, cherry eye, and eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases include hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, and Cushing's disease.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). A more serious skin disease is pemphigus.

Epilepsy is a growing concern in Newfoundlands.

Chronic diarrhea can be caused by colitis (inflammatory bowel disease).

Other health issues in Newfoundlands include blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's and thrombocytopenia), autoimmune hemolytic anemia, megaesophagus, myasthenia gravis, laryngeal paralysis, and deafness (inherited deafness).


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Newfoundland?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Newfoundlands today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Newfoundland puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Newfoundland puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Newfoundland puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Newfoundland lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Newfoundland
The best diet for feeding your Newfoundland is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Newfoundland. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Newfoundland
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Newfoundland. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Newfoundland puppy really need? Does your adult Newfoundland need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Newfoundland. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Newfoundland. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Newfoundland.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.