Newfoundland Breed Notes

By del richards


Newfoundland Breed Notes 18th October 2021.
A date for your diaries if you want heart/Doppler testing done. Saturday 27th November at the village hall, Four Marks, Hants. As usual, highly qualified (and Newf proof!) Luca Ferasin and his team are doing a day of testing. Cost is £195 (incl VAT) . Please book early as these slots get booked up very quickly. Google Specialist Veterinary Cardiology Consultancy to choose your time.
Another date for your diary - 29th/30th January – Cardiff CS Premier Open Show. Newf classes to be judged by Kris Kingsley. Please support if you can – I’m sure there are youngsters needing points (and adults too). Entries can be made on Online Showentry or by paper (Sec Martin Sanders).
There are a few more shows (to include Clubs’ Champ shows) left to enter soon. It is so nice to have these back on track and these autumn/winter shows always have a Christmassy feel to them and gives exhibitors an extra feel-good factor.
Border Union Champ show went ahead as planned.
Judge of Newfs was John McKay – a Newf owner and exhibitor of old (sorry, John, didn’t mean it that way!) was awarding CCs for the 4th time.
His DCC (No 12) and BOB was Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money JW with Limit winner, Caroline Morrell/Latham’s Disoranto Diplomat In Morrelham getting his 2nd RCC.
BCC (No 4) was Adair’s Ch King of Helluland Love Actually at Darebear JW ShCM, ShCEx, OSW with 2nd in Open getting her first RCC – Duff’s Ir Ch King of Helluland My Queen at Titanbears JW ShCM, ShCEx, OSW.
BPIB was Sheena Pallett’s import, Yulla for Sheenmarie von Baywatch and went on to a lovely 2nd in Working Puppy Group under Marita Rodgers.
Best Veteran in Breed, once again, was Austin’s evergreen Baranova Big Bopper JW ShCM and who upped the ante to win another Veteran Working Group under Margaret Wildman.
Well done to all the winners.
In the Stakes, Duff’s Ir Ch King of Helluland My Queen at Titanbears JW, ShCM, ShCEx, OSW won Ch Stakes (Jenny Miller), and Black’s Gunnersnewfs Black Desire for Blackcoast won Good Citizens Stakes (D Robbins), so a good day for the breed. Well done to you both.
Another snippet from the Duff family who attended Banff, Nairn and Moray show with ‘Titan’ recently - unfortunately I don’t know which one of the pups ‘Titan’ is but he/she was BOB under Mickey Ramsay and also Special Working Puppy Group 1st – so a cracking result. Well done.
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Newfoundland Breed Notes 30th September 2021.
Well, what an exciting four days in which there were two back to back shows resulting in four lots of CC’s. And a good idea too. One lot of preparations, driving expenses, dog sitters etc – a long day but a lot of positives to make up for it.
Firstly there was Birmingham National with The Newfoundland Club Show piggy-backing it after that judging ended.
The first judge was Maxine Munday (who is also our breed BEC for those who didn’t know) – awarding Newf Ccs for the 3rd time. Her Dog CC winner was a first and was Groves’s w/b Bridgestone Loch Lomond AI JW, from Limit. By coincidence, she also awarded this dog’s dam her first CC from Junior, so definitely judging to type. RDCC was the Open winner, Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money JW.
BCC and BOB was a 2nd ticket (nail biting time – more on that later!) for Arkell’s Camnoire Ghost with Cannark JW. RBCC from Post Grad was Springthorpe’s Sandbears First Class at Millthorpe.
Best Puppy was McDonald’s Newfangled Frute Looney, Best Veteran, Pallett’s Yulla von Sheenmarie for Baywatch. Best Special Beginners was Bull’s Sandbears Work of Art at Ravenshore. I don’t believe there were any groups other than for BOB winners at this show.
So, once that bit of excitement was over, we got to do it all again for The Newfoundland Club Champ show with Loraine Ratter at the ring centre and awarding Newf CCs for the 5th time. Her DCC and BOB/BIS was Springthorpe’s Ch Millthorpe Mr Rochester JW ShCM, ShCEx, OSW – a 7th ticket for him. RDCC and a good day for him was Groves’s Bridgestone Loch Lomond JW from Sp Open W/B.
BCC (and holding the record for the shortest time in the Nail Biter’s Club!) was Arkell’s Camnoire Ghost Kato at Cannark JW, so a Ch title for her (subject to KC confirmation) – huge congrats to her. Her first CC was at Midland Counties 2019 (Steven Anderson)
RBCC from both Veteran and Sp Open W/B was Payne’s Bridgestone Grande Dunes at Squestpaws (she was also BVIB). BPIB once again was Leech’s Mileoak Loch Ness. Congratulations to all.
No sooner than everyone had caught their breath, than it was time for a trip to Scotland for SKC’s two back-to-back shows!
The ‘May’ SKC show saw our most senior judge taking centre ring – namely Juliet Leicester-Hope. DCC was Black’s Gunnersnewfs Black Desire for Blackcoast from Limit – a 2nd for him so an exciting time for them at future shows. RDCC was the Veteran, Austin’s Baranova Big Bopper of Elbear JW ShCM – he was also BVIB.
Bitch CC, BOB (and giving her 27 CCs which I believe equals the Bitch Breed record – maybe someone will let me know?) was Cameron’s Ch Nandobears I’m What I’m Camnoire JW, ShCM. She went on to win the Working Group under David Cavill – what a great result. Well done Kimi and team. RBCC from Veteran was Main’s Newgradens Bootylicious (brown) – and winning on ‘home ground’.
BPIB was a first for Duff’s Titanbears Vainglorious.
I don’t believe there were groups for other than BOB at this show.
Best wishes to Niciole McIntyre who tore a calf muscle/ligament at the show (crikey, Nicole, how fast were you running – and can you run our dogs for us, you speedy woman!). Get better soon.
Then on to the ‘September’ Show where Barry Croft was judging Newfs for the 2nd time. His DCC was the Veteran, Austin’s Baranova Big Bopper for Elbear JW, ShCM – what a day for them! He was also Best Veteran. RDCC from Open was Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money JW. BCC and yet another Ch girl in the breed – Farrell’s Gunnersnewfs Beyond A Doubt for Lazeybears. Her previous tickets were at East of England and Driffield this year. She then went on to Group 3 under Steve Hall. RBCC was the Open winner, Farrar’s new Ch Disoranto Juliana Blue at Darkpeak JW.
BPIB was Mileoak Loch Ness (my laptop can almost spell this by default by now!). And Best Sp Beginner was Plant’s Barracechi Romani Charm for Shadann (AI).
Huge congrats to all the winners from these four action-packed shows – and a good sign for the breed that we have a good variety of winners – it shows strength and quality in a breed, I think.
Some extra news in no particular order.
Pam Leech let me know that Mileoak Loch Ness was BOB and BP under Pauline Luxmore Ball at Sheringham Premier Open show. She also went Group 2 in the adult Working Group and Puppy Group 1 under Maggie Foreman, then a fabulous BPIS under Rachel Barney. Not easy to please three judges in one day, so well done, baby girl!
A slightly belated bit of news from Cheryl Payne (which got left out of the relevant week’s Breed Notes) was that Newetta’s Lets Party at Squestpaws (Bandit) bagged himself a creditable 4th in the Stakes class at Richmond show. Well done, pupster!
And from further North, Drew and Anna Duff, took a trip to Hudersfield DCS where their Ir Ch King of Helluland My Queen at Titanbears JW, ShCM, ShCEx, OSW, was BOB then followed it up with a Working Group 3, while her daughter, Titanbears Toil and Trouble, was BPIB and went one better with a Puppy Group 2. Breed judge was Tate Forsey and Group judge was Tom Mather. Well done, girls!
I hope I haven’t left anyone out in this multi-show fest! Apologies if so and please let me know if so.
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EDIT - apologies. It seems that Higham Press inadvertently recorded the wrong dog as Best Veteran at Birm National. If the owner would like to message me, I can correct this in the next Breed Notes.

Newfoundland Breed Notes 24th September 2021.
I was so sorry to hear from Kirstie Forster and Gary Cockerill that they had recently lost their lovely Jacques (Merrybear Frere Jacques ShCM) at almost 8 years old. A very sudden and unexpected loss while undergoing what should have been a simple procedure. It hits hard when a dog is healthy in respect of the appropriate health tests for the breed, only for them to succumb to an unpredictable problem. Our thoughts are with Kirstie and Gary.
On to some show results, starting with Richmond Ch Show where our judge was Graham Brace awarding Ccs for the 5th time (and the 2nd time at this show).
Dog CC and BOB was once again Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money JW, who had a lovely 3rd in the Working Group under Tom Johnston. RCC came from Novice, namely, Cooper and Thompson’s My Brave Warrior who was attending only his 2nd show I believe.
Bitch CC came from Limit and a step up from her last result for Mills and Chatburn’s Zentaur Drop It Like It’s Hot at Oialt JW. Bitch RCC was the Open winner, Angela Martin’s brown girl Zentaur Rock Paper Scissors.
BPIB was Sheena Pallett’s Yulla for Sheenmarie von Baywatch – a German import I believe.
In the Stakes, both Mileoak Loch Ness and Camnoire Call Me Pretty were placed VHC nad 2nd respectively in their AV Puppy Bitch and AV Minor Puppy bitch under Marion Sargent. While in Ch Stakes, Baldock’s Ch Gunnersnewfs All Or Nothing JW was 1st in her class – also under Marion Sargent. Well done to all.
On to Darlington (in the sun!) where Graham Hill was the judge for the 3rd time in our breed.
Dog CC and BOB was Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money JW (his 11th CC). RCC went to the Veteran Winner, Austin’s Baranova Big Bopper of Elbear JW ShCM. He also went on to win the Working Veteran Group under Anne MacDonald – what a great result!
BCC came from Open and was the magic 3rd for Farrar’s Disoranto Juliana Blue at Darkpeak JW. Her previous tickets were at Windsor 2018 and NWPB this year. Well done Team Shelby. Our third Bitch Champion this year so, boys, you need to get a wiggle on to catch up with the girls!
RBCC was 2nd in Open – Arkell’s Camnoire Ghost Kato with Cannark JW – her 6th such award to add to her first CC.
BPIB was Leech’s Mileoak Loch Ness – her 8th such award so pretty well guaranteed of her place as Top Puppy this year.
The Stakes classes also produced some winners – Austin’s Baranova Big Bopper of ElbearJW ShCM won his class under M Gilchrist – it was a very good day for Bopper! Cameron’s Camnoire Call Me Pretty was 4th in the Pup of the Year stakes under Jackie Stubbs. Adair’s Ch King of Helluland Love Actually at Darebear JW ShCM ShCEx, OSW was 3rd in Champion Stakes (M Gilchrist).
In Yearling Stakes (J Stubbs) gave Black’s Gunnersnewfs Black Desire at Blackcoast a 2nd place, so it was a nice sprinkle of Newfie-ness throughout!
I see the KC Breeders’ competition has two Newf teams on the leaderboard. Right at the top with a hugely impressive 180 points is the Gunnersnewfs team, while the Chariboo team (I think they mean Newfangled) are also in the table and the second Working breed in the list.
Some Open Show news from the Duffs. At Westmorland Show their puppy Titanbears Toil And Trouble was BPIB under Ricky Furnell and later WP Group 1 under Cath Moffat.
Also at Lochaber and DCS their other puppy Titanbears Vainglorious was BPIB and BOB under David Patterson then went on to win the Special Puppy Group. So a neck-and-neck situation for the littermates that weekend. Well done, pups!
It has been good to read some detailed critiques of late – it seems that the ‘newer’ CC judges are much more precise in their written notes and it is greatly appreciated by anyone who did not attend the shows.
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Newfoundland Breed Notes 9th September 2021.
Some sad news to start as I heard of the sad passing of Anthony Farrington, partner of John McKay. Anthony will not be known to today’s Newf owners but he was always in the background while John was the one who showed the dogs (and now judges them). Anthony had suffered ill-health due to kidney failure for several years and was back in hospital in recent weeks. I’m sure all who know John will send their condolences on this sad loss.
Some happier news from the Open Shows. Firstly Doug Bedford and Sharon Ashdown’s puppy, Iola, (King of Helluland Bianca at Chateaunewf NAF TAF) had her first show at Great Yarmouth, Gorleston premier open show where she went BP, BOB, Working Group 4, and Puppy Group 1 under Sue Bird (breed) and Cath Moffatt (Group). What a lovely start for her!
Further North, two lots of results from Drew and Anna Duff. The first show at Ross and Cromarty show where their home-bred puppy, Titanbears Vainglorious was BP, BOB (under Jackie Thomson) then Working Group 1, Special Puppy Group 1 and Special Minor Puppy Group 1 under Alf Wood. Then topped it off with a Best Minor Puppy in Show – what a lovely day that must have been.
The following week they had a back-to-back weekend starting with Perthshire Canine Club Open show. Judge John McGlynn gave BP and BOB to Titanbears Toil and Trouble and a Special Working Puppy Group 1 to round off the day. The next day was Wolsingham Ag show where Bridget Bodle was judging. Vainglorious was again BPIB and yet another Puppy Group 1 under Angie Allan. A good turnout of Newfs for this show I hear.
On to Driffield Champ show where Sue Wardle was awarding Ccs for the second time. Her DCC, BOB (and later Group 3 – Fran Kaye) was Blake’s Ch Sandbears On the Money JW. RCC also from Open was Zentaur Der Kapitan Wisperedomen JW ShCM.
BCC (her 2nd – another nail-biter) came from Limit, Farrell’s Gunnersnewfs Beyond A Doubt for Lazeybears. RCC came from Open – Dobbin’s Brooklynbears Wisteria.
Best Puppy once again was Leech’s Mileoak Loch Ness.
Best Veteran (also again!) was Jenkins’s Ticklecove Sofia.
In Ch Stakes, Adair’s Ch King of Helluland Love Actually at Darebear picked up a 4th under judge Mrs S Virgo, who also judged Puppy Stakes where Cameron’s Camnoire Call Me Pretty picked up a third place. Kevin Young judged the Breeders Comp and no surprise that it was another win for the Gunnersnewfs dream team!
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Newfoundland Breed Notes 23rd August 2021.

Some Open show results to start.

Anne Leitch let me know that Bluebears Spirit of Dakota (AI) ‘Calgary’ was at the 2nd Open show since Lockdown ended – namely Tayside, Lochee and DCS, where he was BOB and Working Group 3 under Helen Forsythe (Findhorn). Well done Team Calgary!

Drew and Anna Duff’s ‘on tour’ showing trip resulted in an outing for their pups at Tayside, Lochee and DCS. Titanbears Toil and Trouble was BPIB and Working Puppy Group 1st (Judge Helen Forsythe). The following day at Upperward of Lanarkshire CS, her littermate Titanbears Vainglorious won his class then Best AV Minor Working Puppy (Judge Nigel Morgan).

Also at this show, their mother, Ir Ch King of Helluland My Queen at Titanbears JW, ShCM,ShCEx, OSW was BOB and Working Group 3. Well done Team Titanbears.

Blackpool Champ Show went ahead in mixed weather conditions with John Ritchie giving CCs in the breed for the first time – although he is a very experienced and well regarded judge in other breeds.

His Dog CC and BOB was ticket No 2 for Steve and Dawn Milburn’s Gunnersnewfs All About Me at Dawstenbears – so a bit of nail-biting for them so soon after the excitement of making up their girl (previous Breed Notes). He also has 4 other RCCs.

RDCC came from Limit – Hudson and Bone’s Newfangled Bone Idle. His first such award so an exciting day for him too.

Bitch CC made it a family affair for Claire Baldock’s Ch Gunnersnewfs All Or Nothing JW, who is a litter sister to the DCC! This was her 4th CC.

RCC in bitches went to Post Grad – Anne Springthorpe’s Sandbears First Class at Millthorpe – a first such award for her.

BPIB once again went to Pam Leech’s Mileoak Loch Ness who just upped her game aas the day went on and was Working Puppy Group 1 under Tim Ball, then a fabulous RBPIS under Liz Stannard (who had a Newf back in the day!).

Best Veteran in Breed was Austin’s Baranova Big Bopper of Elbear JW, ShCM who 2nd in the Working Veteran Group also under John Ritchie, so lovely result for his first Ch Show outing in veteran.

And another high point for Newfs was the Junior Bitch, Will of the Emperor’s Could This Be Love, owned by Rebecca Haresign, who was BJIB and 4th in the Junior Working Group under Graham Hill. Well done to all.

In the Breeder Stakes Competition, it was another win for the Gunnersnewf Team, who must be high up in the table of winners just now. Judge was Keith Thornton.

Special Beginners Stakes (Judge – Robin Newhouse) produced a 1st for Steve and Karen Hietschold’s Newfangled Bone Voyage to Chrishelkate.

Junior Stakes under Sue Bird – Haresign’s Will of the Emperor’s Could This Be Love was 4th.

Open Stakes under Chris Bexon were split into Dog and Bitch class with Dickson’s Zentaur Der Kapitan Wisperedomen JW ShCM being 3rd and Adair’s Ch King of Helluland Love Actually at Darebear JW, ShCM, ShCEx was 2nd, so a good selection of placings for the breed.

Just a reminder that the SNC Newf of the Year Supermatch is nearing the closing date, so with numbers being strictly limited (KC Rules), if you intend to enter - do it soon! I’m sure there are newly qualified dogs in addition to those who automatically qualify from last time. Also if you just want to come to the event and attend the dinner dance, please email Jeni Giambona (details on the SNC site)

The Newfoundland Club is holding its Champ show at Birmingham National (after the National’s own breed judging) – so don’t get distracted by thinking it is just one show that day!

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Newfoundland Breed Notes 5th August 2021.

I received the following from Phil Payne (Chairman of Newfs in Action) – so nice to see things ‘happening’ again.

‘As Covid restrictions start to allow normal activities to resume albeit in a “new normal”, Newfs In Action (NIA) have returned to water training in the lake………..but this year with a renewed purpose – training for our club award scheme which has been devised with the key messages of The Royal Life Saving Society.

The awards promote the dogs teaching water safety messages and building display items which appeal to members of the public.

With water sports growing in popularity NIA are keen to play their part in Savings lives by using our natural swimmers – our Newfies!

18th July was a landmark day – Three of the Clubs Newfies gained the very first GOLD awards! Barnaby Bartholomew, Miss Dior Payne and Marilyn Scott swam their paws off and performed three brilliant tests to gain their GOLD!

Barnaby and Marilyn focussed their attention on the “don’t drink and drown” campaign while Miss Dior concentrated on the key message of “Never Swim alone”. All of the dogs demonstrated rescuing a casualty who had cramp or was injured and then they completed the award by rescuing three casualties in partnership with their handler.

We are all very proud of their achievements and the achievements of all of the team, many of which have gained their bronze and silver awards throughout 2021.’

Many thanks to Phil for that.

Now on to some show news. Leeds Champ show went ahead with Sue Pollock Yule awarding CCs for the third time. Her Dog CC and BOB was Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money JW and he was also 2nd in the Working Group under Rodney Oldham. RCC came from Limit, the w/b Groves’s Bridgestone Loch Lomond JW.

Bitch CC was another one to join the Nail-Biter’s Club – Milburn’s King of Helluland Material Girl at Dawstenbears getting her 2nd ticket. 2nd in Open was Adair’s Ch King of Helluland Love Actually at Darebear JW, ShCM,ShCEx, OSW getting the RCC.

BPIB was a new one, Nicole McIntyre’s male, Shirebears Enchanter for Edbear. Very uplifting to see new puppies coming out after such a barren year at the shows.

Best Special Beginners at their very first Championship Show was Glen and Donna Dearman’s brown girl, Newfangled Apparently. Also very uplifting to see new people joining the list of exhibitors.

Best Veteran was Jenkins’s Ticklecove Sofia. I don’t know if she and the Spec Beg went in their respective groups and were shortlisted. No doubt someone will tell me if this was the case!

In the Stakes classes, the Gunnersnewfs team took another win (with the Newfangled team in 2nd – go Newfs!) under Dr I Gabriel. He also judged Good Citizens Stakes where Mandy and Steve Black’s Gunnersnewfs Black Desire for Blackcoast won his class of 32 entries! This very busy judge also did Champion Stakes where Abbi and Steve Adair’s Blue (KoH Love actually at Darebear) was VHC in a well supported class. Well done to you all.

Meanwhile in Scotland, the first Open show was held and the breed didn’t let us down! Anne and Ronnie Leitch’s Bluebears Spirit of Dakota AI (Calgary) was BOB and Working Group 1 under judge, John Stewart (Drumshaw) at Kilmarnock and District CS. More congrats to Team Calgary!

Then on to Bath Show where sunshine was the order of the day (although nice and cool during the morning). Awarding CCs for the 5th time was Barry Carr. His DCC (his 7th) and BOB (and shortlisted in the Group) was Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money JW. Second in Open and getting his 3rd RCC (to add to his previous CC) was Milburn’s Gunnersnewfs All About Me at Dawstenbears.

Bitch CC (her 4th) was Mercer’s Ch King of Helluland Keep Distance at Larkharbour with RCC in bitches going to the baby, Leech’s Mileoak Loch Ness! She also had BPIB (her third such award) and went on to a fabulous Working Puppy Group 1 under Ray Parry.

Best Veteran in Breed was Frances Carter’s Bearhugs Courage who took it in his usual laid-back way and tried his best to conserve his energy in between classes!

Best Spec Beginners was Miss Batrick’s Roylway Bears Dora for Baresark – another new name, so fingers crossed that this one is also a ‘stayer’.

Stakes classes gave some good breed results too. In Good Citizens (judge R Allen) it was a 1st for Mills and Chatburn’s Zentaur Drop It Like Its Hot for Oialt JW, with a 2nd for Black’s Gunnersnewfs Black Desire for Blackcoast. He judged Breeder Stakes too where the Gunnersnewfs team gained another 1st. Junior Stakes under Dr Ron James produced a 2nd for another new name, M Bull’s Sandbear’s Work of Art at Ravenshore. He also judged Puppy Stakes where Mercer’s Larkharbour Falcon was VHC in PD class. Staying with this judge, the YKC Members Working class had Arkell’s Camnoire Ghost Kato with Cannark JW in 1st place.

Well done to all of you.

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Newfoundland Breed Notes 24th July 2021.
Some lovely news from Mandy Black, who was at Scarborough and DCA Open Show with Hiccup (Gunnersnewfs Black Desire for Blackcoast). He was BOB under Richard Hollifeld, Group 1 under Tracy Morgan, and a fabulous BIS under Leila Tarabad. This also qualifies him for the North Eastern Dog of the Year. Well done. He is certainly making up for lost showing time!
Next, on to National Working and Pastoral Breeds, in blazing sunshine (thank goodness for those trees!) where Jacqui Woodhall was awarding CCs for the first time (unbelievably, considering the number of decades she has been an owner, exhibitor and occasional breeder).
Dog CC (his 5th) and BOB was Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money (who was shortlisted in the group under Meg Purnell-Carpenter). RCC male was 2nd in Open, the brown, Schofield’s Zentaur Land of Confusion at Fieldbears, – a second such award for him.
In Bitches, the CC winner came from Open – Farrar’s Polish import, Disoranto Juliana Blue at Darkpeak JW. This was her 2nd CC so a fully paid up member of the Nail-Biters Club now!
RCC went to Limit, Ashurst’s Sandbears Did You Miss Me with Adanewf. This was a 2nd such award for her also.
Best Puppy, once again, went to Leech’s Mileoak Loch Ness (handled by Joanne Watts throughout, I believe).
Best Veteran, and star of the day, was Rupert Burton’s Merrybear Freddie Mercury, who went Veteran Working Group 1 under Keith Derry, and then Best Veteran in Show under Meg Purnell-Carpenter. What a great result!
Congratulations to all of you.
As well as Jacqui taking a new step forward at this show, it was also the turn of ‘our’ Anne Springthorpe to award CCs in St Bernards for the first time and, at the end of the day, she also judged the Pastoral Puppy Group. What a busy time for her. I’m sure it was a day to remember.
So, with all these successful wins, it seems fitting to include some information which was forwarded to me from Jeni Giambona (Sec of the Southern Newfoundland Club) regarding the Newf of the Year competition which will be held on 2nd October at The Citrus Hotel, Ryton on Dunsmore. This is a Supermatch for dogs who qualify according to SNC criteria, as well as including a Dinner and Dance that evening. The Supermatch judge is kept secret until the day and includes categories for Puppy, Yearling, Open, and Veteran. Dogs entered in the 2019 competition are automatically qualified. While other dogs will qualify this year, it may be wise to get entries in soon as there is a limit on Supermatch numbers (KC rules). Futher details are on the Southern Newfoundland Club website and Facebook page.
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Newfoundland Breed Notes 16th July 2021.
Some sad news to start as I heard from Canadian friends that Tubby Miller has passed away.
For many years, I had the regional Canadian newsletter and Tubby was often a main feature with his working and training articles. He was still active in the working arena although was in his late 80s. The words ‘force-free’ training are very much in vogue at the moment but Tubby subscribed to this method long before the term was invented. His dogs adored him and so did most people. His trademark moustache and twinkly eyes were a ‘people magnet’ and when we met him at a Canadian Specialty, I could see why.
Tubby had a sudden illness and hospitalisation last week but recovered well enough to come home on daughter, Kerri’s, birthday. Sadly, he passed away that night. Condolences to Kerri and the family. The passing of a legend.
Some happier news now.
Steph Mills messaged me to say that her ‘Riley’ (Zentaur Drop It Like Its Hot for Oialt {AI}JW) had a great day at East of England Open Show with a BOB under Gary Gray and a Group 1 under Derfel Owen. The first Open show Group winner since the return to ‘normal’ showing. Well done, Team Riley. (More on Riley further down this column!)
On to East of England Champ show where Jeff Horswell was our judge.
Dog CC from Yearling (and his 2nd ever champ show) was Mandy and Steve Black’s Gunnersnewfs Black Desire for Blackcoast. Huge congratulations to Team Hiccup, there were many smiling faces that day!
RCC males (his second) was Mr and Mrs Crosier’s Nurburgnewf Cayman – from Graduate. Another lovely win for him.
On to Bitches, and creating the double for breeder Claire Baldock, was Sarah Farrell’s Gunnersnewfs Beyond A Doubt for Lazeybear from Limit Class. This was, I believe, her first show, so what an achievement! She was also shortlisted under Group judge, Tim Ball. And just to put the icing on the cake, Team Gunnersnewfs also won the Breeder Stakes Working under Hazel Fitzgibbon. Well done.
And the RCC bitch? Remember Riley from earlier in this column? She was 2nd in Limit and bagged her first RCC for a delighted Steph! What a day!
Best Puppy in Breed was Ricky Furnell’s Bebecova Blankety Blank at her first Champ show but I believe she had BPIB at the East of England Open show too. What a lovely start for her.
And not forgetting the most important class – Veteran. This class and BVIB was Sandra and John Constable’s Larkharbour Silver Lady – it’s so heartwarming to see the older dogs enjoying their day out. Well done to you all.
On a personal note, the Red Face of the Day Award goes to me and Mr R! Having entered Sula, stayed at a wonderful hotel and generally had a great time, Sula (who had gone through a phantom pregnancy a few weeks ago) decided that our ringside 4-man tent was the perfect place to have her imaginary puppies and flat out refused to move from there! Not even to return to the car park at the end of judging! So, after obtaining the Secretary’s permission, Hedd had to get our van to the ringside (accompanied by safety stewards with flags) in order to get the stubborn moo out of the show. Typically, she was ‘restored to factory setting‘ before we got home and has been wearing a smug expression ever since!
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Newfoundland Breed Notes 2nd July 2021.
How nice to have actual shows to report on!
In chronological order – here goes!
At Scunthorpe CA Limited Show, Mandy and Steve Black’s Gunnersnewfs Black Desire for Blackcoast had a wonderful start to his show career. He won Best AVNSC Working and then (drum-roll please!) BIS under Judge, Linda Morton. Huge congratulations and I hope this is the first of many successes for Team Hiccup!
Then on to the first all-breeds Ch Show since the original Lockdown, namely Southern Counties, where Bill Piggott was the replacement judge.
Dog CC (his 4th) and BOB ( with a Group shortlist) was Suzanne Blake’s Ch Sandbears On The Money. RDCC from Graduate was Chris Bodman’s Stelamah Victorious Nico at Acara. And what a well timed boost that would have been for Chris following husband, John’s, emergency hospital admission. Thankfully, he is recovering well and I’m sure we all send our best wishes to him.
Bitch CC from Open, and her title after nearly two years, was Sheena Pallett’s Sandbears Hawaiian Hot Stuff to Sheenmarie ShCM, ShCEx. Handled by her breeder, Suzanne, in the Bitch Challenge (and may have handled throughout but I was at another ringside watching Hedd judge Samoyeds, so apologies for not having all the details), there was much excited cheering when Tara gained her crown. Tara was born in August 2015 from Ch Deep Love Head Over Heels JW x Ch Sandbears Got Attitude. She has 5 other RCCs so it was lovely to see her not being the ‘bridesmaid’ at this Show!
RBCC (her 4th) was Pat Franklin’s Shinglebay High Hopes ShCM and was 2nd in Open and a very popular choice with the ringside too.
BPIB was Pam Leech’s Mileoak Loch Ness (what a super name for a Newf!). She also had a Working Puppy Group 4 under Jacqui Ward. What a great start for her!
Best Veteran in Breed was Rupert Burton’s Merrybear Freddie Mercury.
Best Junior in Breed was the bitch, Sparkybears A Star is Born owned by Burton and Burton (not sure if these are the same owners as Best Veteran?)
Well done to you all.
Another copy of the BRS has arrived and shows 28 new litters registered during the January to March 2021 period. In all, these make 175 individual puppies. 7 of the litters had no affix, while 1 other had the KC’s own affix (Kentwone for this year). Of the remaining litters, 11 were bred by those who are exhibitors to some extent. Most were accepted colours but, as usual, there were some who did not conform to the Breed Standard in relation to colour.
There were 4 imports from France, Russia, Denmark, and Poland respectively. I wonder how many more imports we will see now that Brexit has kicked in?
Health test results showed 5 of 19 elbow scores that would be ‘not recommended for breeding’ by the BVA, while Hips had 20 dogs scored with 3 showing ‘non-breedable scores’ (again, going by BVA guidelines).
Cystinuria had 5 tested and all were Clear. Surely there were more ‘potential’ breeding dogs who need this test carried out? Relying on ‘Clear by Parentage’ is a dubious strategy and also creates a lot of hunting back through records for future generations. What do others think about this?
News to me via the usual channels please.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 21st June 2021.
I have received the following from Jeni Giambona (Sec of the Southern Newfoundland Club). This is an excellent scheme and well worth joining for any breeder who wants to go the 'extra mile'.
"The Southern Newfoundland Club operate the Better Breeders Scheme. The aim of the Scheme is to promote the best possible standards of breeding with the objective of producing physically and mentally healthy puppies. We welcome new applicants and strive to support breeders navigate the intricacies of breeding healthy puppies, and puppy buyers find a breeder with suitable puppies."
I'm sure everyone is cautiously excited about the starting up of shows. Southern Counties is the first Champ Show with Newfs getting an entry of 50 for the scheduled Finnish judge, Mr Timmonen. However, as most will know, the Finnish judges had to be released from their judging appointments due to COVID travel restrictions. The new allocated judge will be Bill Piggott who has many decades of Newf experience, ownership, and club involvement.
Sad to hear of the sudden passing of all-rounder judge, Jean Lanning at the age of 91. She was still an active judge and it was a shock to hear this news. She awarded CCs in many breeds - Newfs included - and was one of few all-rounders who had a soft spot for the white&black. Condolences to her family.
This past weekend saw the first Open show (Southampton) with Krys Greenland doing our breed. I believe there were some successful group placings but until I hear from owners, I will say nothing for fear of getting it wrong! However, BOB was Hunt's Tallisbay Theodore, RBOB Mills and Chatburn's Zentaur Drop It Like Its Hot at Oialt, and BPIB Archer's Romanian import Fable of Sweet Dark Caramel. Well done to you all.
Any news - please send to me via the usual channels.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 23rd May 2021.
Another Open show for you to consider - Scarborough DCS where the breed judge is Richard Hollifield who is no stranger to our breed and is well used to large breeds.
And, following my comment on Doppler scanning last time, I had a message from Julia-Ann Ryan (also telling me about Scarborough show) to let me know that Susan Roberts is now doing Dopplers in West Yorkshire. Details are on the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society site (but message me if you can't find it). Thanks, Julia Ann.
I don't know how many of you watched Dragon's Den the other night (BBC1) but one of the pitches was for funding for the UK Sniffer Dogs trainers who started this activity in the UK and run courses to train up new instructors nationwide. Sadly, they didn't get their funding but it was good to hear one of the trainers describe the activity as 'Mindfulness for Dogs'. I couldn't agree more and, from a personal opinion, I found that this is an ideal Newf activity and has been a much practiced form of exercise during Lockdown at our home. It promotes calmness and confidence so a big help for those with mad youngsters who need a low impact activity that keeps them satisfied.
Look up UK Sniffer Dogs online to see if there is a qualified trainer in your area if you are interested.
Meanwhile, Championship Show entries are going ahead. I see there are COVID rules and guidelines to be adhered to, so it's worth having a good read of these before attending. Hopefully, everyone will understand that we are all in the same boat and show some tolerance and good manners to each other.
News to me via the usual channels please.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 8th May 2021
Pleased to say that events are still planned and apparently going ahead subject to the COVID situation at that time.
Those waiting to carry out Health tests will be delighted to hear that Hip and Elbow scoring appears to be gathering pace. For anyone needing these done urgently, bear in mind that a lot of people will want them done (in a variety of breeds), so early booking is essential.
I'm also delighted that heart testing/Doppler scans have resumed in the South (if you know of any in any other areas, please speak up!)
Another Open Show for your diaries - namely Otley CS on 27th July at Sloe Berry Farm, Austfield Lane, Hillam LS25 5NQ. Judge is Martin Sanders who has a strong interest in our breed (you may have seen him ringside at general and club shows). For those staying in caravans etc, this show is only two days after Leeds Champ Show so good chance to build up a 'fix' of shows after so long without.
I'm also hearing of planned litters from ethical breeders so let's hope the general public listen and steer away from the 'money breeders'.
Any news - please send to me via the usual channels.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 29th April 2021.
I'm sure most of us are very excited to see the shows starting up again. Possibly not as excited as the manufacturers of Fishing Umbrellas as we all go a bit batty in trying to order them!
A number of Champ shows have definitely bagged their place in the calendar (not necessarily at the original date) but I see that Open shows are also getting geared up for the summer.
One of these is Cheshire County Premier Show (Working day on Tuesday 22nd June). There are five Newfoundland classes, which will be judged by Caroline Friend-Rees, so please think about supporting both the judge and the canine society.
Another event which is going ahead is the 2nd National Meeting of Newfoundland Friends at Langtoft Fen, Peterborough on Sat 28th to Mon 30th August 2021. Contact Greg Roffe for more details but suffice to say that a variety of fun and training sessions will be scheduled. There will also be an evening gala/dinner and presentation - it sounds like an unmissable few days!
Send your news to me via the usual channels please.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 13th April 2021.
Here I am at long last! There has certainly been a shortage of reportable news!
I'm not going to mention the possible start-up of shows as the last time I did that, I jinxed it and we went into another Lockdown!
The latest BRS arrived at our house.
September 2020 to December 2020 saw 30 new litters being registered (203 individual dogs) - goodness knows how many non-registered litters occurred during this period of impulse buying!
Of the 30 litters, 24 had an affix (kennel name) with a small percentage of those being show exhibitors.
The total number of Newfs registered during 2020 was 577 - slightly up on 2019 but a decrease from the previous eight years.
There were just a handful of non-standard colours registered - although the 'black and white' term confuses me slightly as I'm not sure if it simply means black with white chest markings etc, white & black, or mismarked Irish spotted.... maybe someone knows how the KC records this.
Despite the difficulties of travel to other countries, there were 2 exports (to Belgium and the Netherlands), and 3 imports (from Italy, Czech Republic, and Russian Federation).
Recorded health tests for this period included 14 for Cystinuria (most were Clear - proving how effective and useful DNA tests are, and no excuse for not carrying them out).
Elbows - 22 dogs were tested with 6 having a non-recommended breeding score (BVA guidelines).
Hips - 21 dogs tested, with 13 in single figures and another 7 with scores from 10 to 20. Thankfully, no terrible scores were recorded.
As well as shows looking a bit more hopeful, working events are eagerly anticipated too. While many of you have taken part in online training etc, it will be a great bonus to have 'real' working sessions and tests starting up again. It will be so nice to meet up with friends and, more importantly, their Newfs!
If you have any news, please send on to me via the usual channels.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Notes 26th February 2021.
Last minute response to my request for news! The Northern Newfoundland Club is running an online show which closes on 28th February (I've been given two different 'closing times' on that date 10 am and 5pm so perhaps get them in by 10 am just to be safe!)
Newfoundland Breed Classes have a good classification and will be judged by Ian Harland from Australia. Junior Handling will be judged by 'our' Stephen Gosling (also an Australian!). All breed novelty classes will be judged by Roy and Jo Bown (Notts UK) who, I'm sure will make a great job of sorting out these entertaining classes.
Entries/photos should be sent to
Entry fees are only £2 per entry or 3 entries for £5. Don't forget to put the name and age of the dog plus what class you are entering.
Have a look at the NNC site to check out the few rules that help to make this a fair contest.
Best of luck to all entrants. I look forward to seeing the results.
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Newfoundland Breed Notes - I'm sure many of you are hiding your news! Please don't be shy! Email or message me whatever Newf related news you want to share with others!
I hear that the Newfoundland Club are in the process of running another online auction, so have a look on their site for more details. Don't miss out on this chance to get a collectible item.
Del Richards

It is my sad duty to report the sad loss of David Lindsay (Bluebears Newfoundlands). David had not enjoyed good health for the past few years and I was so sorry to hear that he succumbed to his poor health recently. I'm sure we all send our condolences to Yvonne and the rest of the family.

Also some sad news from Kirsteen and Alan Farrar in that they have lost their lovely Anya (Ch Darkpeak Fallen Angel) who had reached her 12th birthday in December 2020.
She was sired by Ch Hanningfield Sequoia from their German import Paola vom Trieberg. Anya won 13 CC’s including one from Veteran at the Newfoundland Club Championship Show in 2016. Like all their dogs she was very much a pet and was one of those dogs who was a joy to live with; an example of her breed being happy camping in a tent or staying in a plush hotel - as long as she was with 'her people'. She has certainly left a massive hole in the Darkpeak house, as you can imagine… I'm sure we all send our regards to the Farrars.

Also some happier news from Kirsteen in an official capacity as Chair of the Newfoundland Club.

The Newfoundland Club will be holding a 2nd On line auction in February. This will be done via facebook and further details will be available both the Newfoundland Club website and on the Club’s FB page. All proceeds will be to Welfare and a catalogue of ‘lots’ will be emailed to all members and available on request (nearer the time) from Similarly if anyone has any items they wish to donate to contact Kirsteen Farrar on that email address.
News to me via the usual channels please.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 23rd December 2020.

These are probably the last Breed Notes for this difficult year and how nice to end on a positive note.

I hear from SNC Welfare Officer, Pat Franklin, that the online auction she recently organised raised a whopping £2036.59 for Rescue. Well done to her and to the generous people who donated items and the equally generous ones who bought them.

The Newfoundland Club also ran an online auction offering some unique collectables. I don’t have a total of the funds raised but I’m sure they will go some way to dealing with the almost inevitable Welfare issues that will crop up following the ‘impulse buying’ of pups during Lockdown. Well done to all involved.

On the subject of the Newfoundland Club, Abbi Adair ran a very successful three-round competition for members only and, my goodness, this brought out the competitive side in us all! The first round consisted of a baking competition – the finished article to have a Newf image in it somewhere. This was won by the talented Pat Franklin (although I tried to demand a Steward’s Enquiry following my failure to win this round!)

The second round was a Christmas Tree decoration with a Newf image included. (I didn’t attempt this – still sulking from Round 1 !) Again, Pat triumphed in the anonymous voting.

Third Round was a Christmas Card with a Newf theme. This was won by Rose Watkins.

The Grand Final has not yet been completed so, members, get your votes in by clicking a ‘Like’ on your chosen winner! This competition has been great fun – no surprise where Abbi is involved – and I’m sure took our minds off more serious issues.

Talking of serious issues, I see that some DNA testing laboratories are now offering LAFORA testing for Newfs. This is a disease I have always associated with Dachshunds so it was a shock to see it turn up in our breed. I understand that this seems to be confined to a certain number of countries at the moment but if anyone has any experience of this condition in Newfs in the UK, I’m sure it would be helpful if you can forward the details to the Canine Health Schemes department at the BVA or the overseas equivalent.

It was great to hear of a British Newf doing well and gaining her VN (Versatile Newf) title in the USA. This was Queenkellan Dream Maker at Bear n Mind, owned by the Gorsuch family. ‘Cassidy’ (bred by Heather Scott in Ireland) recently passed her Draught Dog Beginners, Regular, and Team Draught title which gave her the final leg of the VN. For those not familiar with the VN title, dogs have to have their AKC Champion title, AKC Obedience title, NCA Water Rescue title, and NCA Draught Dog title in order to qualify for a VN.

Huge congratulations to all involved – I think Cassidy has more than proven herself to be ‘versatile’!

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a better 2021.

Any news you want included, please forward to me via the usual channels.

Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 15th November 2020.

At last, my plea for news has reaped rewards!

I had a message from Emma Bone (Newfangled Newfoundlands) who has recently taken part in a Channel 4 programme in celebration of big dogs. The programme will be aired sometime in January or February and will be part of a four week documentary. The emphasis is on day to day living with the breed; filming covered some swimming, training, interview, and life with six dogs in a family environment.

Some of you may have seen the researcher at Crufts, so fingers crossed that the programme will cover all angles of Newf ownership. Emma was keen to mention that this was not ‘breeding focused’ in any way, but the final editing will be down to the producer.

I understand that many large breeds feature in this series – a friend with Irish Wolfhounds has also taken part in filming, so I assume that Great Danes, Mastiffs etc will be highlighted too.

It will certainly be interesting to see how the different big breeds are alike, and also how they vary in their needs and characteristics. I’m sure the film crew had a lot of fun (and slobber!)

If there is anything you want to include in these notes please send to me via the usual channels.

Del Richards 01558 668065 or (the preferred route if possible)

Newfoundland Breed Notes 24th Oct 2020.

Apologies for lack of notes recently but if no-one tells me anything, I can’t write anything!

I’m pleased to hear that a few litters may be on the ground in the near future (and one or two already arrived). These, of course, are from health tested parents, so that bodes well for future owners.

A recent conversation with a breeder raised a worrying point – if Breeder A sells their pup for a ‘normal’ price, what are the chances that those same pups could turn up on a commercial site for twice the price in three weeks’ time! Sadly this has happened to many in other breeds. I wonder if there is any value in including in contracts that the buyer pays back the purchase price if they sell on the puppy? The current contracts tend to dwell on owners returning a pup if they cannot keep it (a situation that rarely gets resolved via the courts) whereas, as in sales of land etc there is often a proviso that the buyer pays a percentage if/when that owner later obtains Planning Permission and sells the land for a higher price. Obviously, puppies fall into a different category, and maybe someone with more knowledge on such matters can provide some feedback here, but it is a worrying situation for breeders.

A new BRS has arrived – this time covering only July and August of this year due to the Kennel Club revamping their IT systems and website, so it is a shortened version with a probability of later registrations and transfers falling into the next issue.

Only 8 litters were recorded – with just one of those from a non-affix holder.

Health tests also reflected the shortened BRS version as well as the reduced opportunity to actually get tests carried out during the pandemic. From 6 hip scores, the highest was 30 with the others falling into single figures or a slightly higher but probably usable total.

Just 5 elbow scores with 4 of them being a 0 and only one scoring a 2.

6 Cystinuria tests had 3 Clears and 3 Carriers.

Such a shame we can’t have heart tests recorded at the KC too but I understand this may be a possibility in the near future.

On a positive note, I’ve heard from several new potential breeders who are fully prepared to embrace the four health tests before embarking on producing a litter. None of these people are Club members but so reassuring to hear that they are starting out with the right attitude. Fingers crossed that owners of appropriately tested stud dogs will allow them to be used and encourage best practice. People have to start somewhere and those who carry out health tests need to be encouraged and mentored, I think.

If you have any news or views you would like reported here, please contact me via the usual channels.

Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 02.09.2020
Julia Pugh is running a Fun show in aid of Worcestershire Animal Rescue shelter on September 20th at The Field , Kerswell Green, Worcester. 12pm start, and loads of classes for pedigree, non-pedigree, novelty, etc - something for everyone. There will be a track and trace facility with all attending needing to give their details, as well as appropriate safety measures in and around the ring.

For more info, please ring Julia on 01905 371329 or Sue on 01905 27073 (that last phone number doesn't sound right, so perhaps Julia should be your first port of call).

Many thanks to Alison McVea for passing this info on to me.

Del Richards

Newfoundland Breed Notes 30th August 2020.
Some sad news of a Newf loss – namely ‘Saffy’ (Ch Darkpeak A Perfect Storm JW) owned and bred by Alan and Kirsteen Farrar. She had turned 13 years old on June 14th and had always been a personal favourite of mine due to her ‘personality plus’, so I’m sure Alan and Kirsteen are feeling her loss in a big way. She was w/b and sired by Three Ponds Mountain Music at Millthorpe and out of Paola vom Trieberg (imp Deu). Fly free, dear Saffy.
Happily, there is some good news too. I hear that ‘Cassidy’ (Am Ch Queenkellan Dream Maker at Bear N Mind), bred by Heather Scott in Ireland and owned by Dwight and Christine Gorsuch in the USA, recently got her Water Rescue Dog title at the Colonial Newf Club Water Test. As well as her show title, Cassidy has an impressive list of other working titles, proving that looks and brains are quite feasible in a Newf. Well done, Team Cassidy.
And a bit of a Lockdown result for Sarah Lavender’s 16 month old male, Levi, who passed his Hoopers Assessment recently. The test and awards were administrated by CHUK Online (Canine Hoopers UK). This was a series of training and tests specifically designed for Lockdown. Owners/handlers train and submit videos of their progress, which is then assessed by a qualified trainer. Hoopers is an excellent activity for bigger breeds as it is a form of ‘low impact agility’ that harnesses the energy of a young dog without the possible hazards of ‘regular’ agility (although many Newfs do regular agility once they have developed physically). It seems that Levi has taken to this activity like a duck to water, so a big well done to them and fingers crossed for further success when things return to ‘normal’.
Garethe El Tabwab recently let me know about the Inspector Montelbano series which can be seen on BBC4 just now. This is a detective series based in Sicily BUT the eponymous hero has a Newf! Tune in for more! I don’t know who bred the Newf (or probably more than one as it is usual to have a ‘stand in’ for TV and films), so maybe someone can come up with an answer!
I have just heard that the Great Yarmouth CS Show which was due to go ahead in three weeks’ time, has been cancelled due to a spike in COVID cases in or near to the area. So, if you know anyone who has entered their Newf (or any other breed), perhaps you can pass the message on, although the show Secretary will be in touch with all exhibitors and judges in due course.
News to me via the usual channels please.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 23rd August 2020.
Apologies for the lack of notes recently, but I’m afraid if you don’t tell me anything, then I can’t write anything!
Two sad bits of news to start off, in that we have lost two people from the Newfoundland fraternity. Firstly, was the sad information letting me know that Jim Warren had passed away. Newer people to the breed will not have known him nor his late wife, Frances (who was the Newfoundland Club’s Treasurer and Novelties manager for many years). Between them they had a successful kennel with several Champions bearing the Littlegrange affix. Condolences to Chelsea and the rest of the family.
The most recent loss was that of David Lucas who passed away after a lengthy illness. Together with his wife June, they had the Darbydale affix (there is also a US kennel by this name but this is the British one). I’m sure we all send our heartfelt thoughts to June at this sad time.
Another BRS has arrived and lists 18 litters making 132 puppies from April to June this year. This is very similar to the number of dogs registered for the same period last year but as many litters were already due or on the ground when Lockdown occurred, it is more likely that the true impact on breeders will not show up until the next issue of the BRS. It is worth noting that only 4 litters were bred by those who also show their dogs. A further 6 litters had an affix/kennel name but sadly, along with the non-affixed litters, most of them have no recorded heart test results, and others are missing an elbow score (and even hip-scores in the non-affixed litters, hard though it is to believe when this particular test has been around for many decades and it is unlikely that any breeder would not know that it needs doing).
Three importations were recorded – two from Germany and one from Poland. There were no recorded exports during this period.
Only one hip and elbow result was recorded – not surprising, as there has been no testing available during the Lockdown.
12 Cystinuria tests are recorded with 3 being Carriers and 9 Clear.
It seems that training classes are starting up cautiously (with appropriate safety guidelines being observed). We were delighted that our puppy, Indi, passed her Puppy Foundation assessment at our local Good Citizens class. I’m sure there are others who have also had personal successes in various disciplines such as Good Citizens, Hoopers, Scent Detection etc, so don’t keep it to yourselves! Let me know so that it can go in this column.
News to me via the usual channels please.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 25th July 2020.
Exciting news from the Newfoundland Club. And with all the money we've all saved from not going to shows, this online shop will be hard to resist!
Del Richards 01558 668065 or


We are pleased to announce that the
Newfoundland Club Online Shop is now live.
During the pandemic the Club has taken the
opportunity to complete what has been a huge project
and is indebted to website designer Mr Paul Dodd
for his expertise in making this possible.

The shop includes many branded and generic items for the
Newfoundland dog lover and new items are being added all the time.
Items in the shop will also be available at Club shows for
purchase and collection.

All the funds raised go towards the Club’s activities and in
particular the work the Club does in Newfoundland welfare,
rescue and re-homing

For any requests regarding merchandise
please email the Shop Manager
Jennifer Angus at:

Newfoundland Breed Notes 18th July 2020
News is fairly thin on the ground, so please let me know if you have anything you want to share with us all.
The news that two Champ shows will be taking entries soon is causing a flurry of excitement (and some disapproval!) from all quarters! Whether or not they go ahead will depend on the national situation and government advice, of course, but it is good to see some attempt to return to normality.
I see that Discover Dogs has been cancelled for this year. I imagine it would have been a nightmare trying to ensure that hundreds of hands didn’t handle the dogs. At least, in the shows, only the judge will be touching the dogs.
Some sad news that I have held back until now. Pam and Gary Leech have lost their w/b import Munro (Dirty Dancing de ‘L’Illiade L’et Odyssee) at 12 years old. Imported from France as a puppy, he had a huge fan club, especially with the w/b enthusiasts. In fact, he had a great influence on w/b’s in the UK in general. He produced two w/b champions plus a w/b CC winner as well as many winners of JW’s, ShCM, ShCEx and Stakes finalists. His sweet temperament endeared him to all who met him. His loss is still quite raw to Pam so it is just as well that there are no public gatherings where well-meaning people can speak to her about it.
A little good news as well – Kay Burridge let me know that their Bagglebears Moonshine (Ellie) recently passed her Silver Hoopers Award online. For those not aware of this discipline, Hoopers is a form of low impact agility designed for bigger breeds or for smaller breeds who cannot or should not take part in the more robust exercises in traditional Agility. The ‘obstacles’ consist of upside-down U shaped hoops stuck into the ground and the dogs follow a directed course through them. It is a fun activity and can be done at whatever speed suits you and your dog. There are many Hoopers training clubs nationwide, so Google it to see if there is anything near you.
Ellie has been training for a while (before COVID hit) at a local club, firstly doing a Foundation, then Bronze course. However, an online test was quite difficult as the instructions are apparently more difficult to understand. Well done, Team Ellie! Are there any more Hoopers stars out there? Don’t be shy – let us know.
Another ‘online’ star is Mandy and Steve Black’s team of Jessie, Crush and Hiccup, who have swept the board with their virtual show results! Too many for me to include here (at the risk of getting it wrong) but some excellent results nonetheless. Plenty more ‘online’ shows going ahead too, so don’t miss out – some lovely rosettes and prizes are on offer with most societies.
News to me via the usual channels please.
Del Richards 01558 668065 or

Newfoundland Breed Notes 21st June 2020.
Some good news from Kirsteen Farrar who has had KC confirmation of JW for Disoranto Moonlight Shadow at Darkpeak. I’m told the KC aren’t sending out certificates at the moment but this title will be recorded in the KC Journal’s next issue. Well done, Mazzy, Kirsteen and Alan.
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