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Who Is A Responsible Breeder?




Who Is A Responsible Breeder?
Gentle Giant Newfoundlands is a BBB Accredited Dog Breeder in Belleville, KS


A Responsible Breeder takes breeding very seriously. I believe a true Responsible Breeder is someone that is knowledgeable about the breed they raise, has a true love for that breed, professionally administers the healthcare needs, is knowledgeable about proper life-long care for that breed of dog, and is willing to share that knowledge with other people. Some of the great Breeders I have had the joy of meeting, I remain in regular contact and we exchange ideas, give referrals, and share some of the funny moments that only a breeder would understand.

A Responsible Breeder is someone that cares about their own dogs, health tests their adults, feeds quality food, provides appropriate exercise, and of course daily love and attention. If I have a dog that does not fit the breed standard or has a fault that is hereditary, that dog is not used for breeding, no matter the time or financial investment. I also research the pedigree and make informed decisions on breeding pairs. A Responsible Breeder will encourage and guide you into activities enjoyable for you and your pet, such as your local Newfoundland Club and other breed related activities. You should ask about the health warranty for your Newfoundland puppy.  My pups have a one year written health warranty and are thoroughly health checked by my veterinarian before they leave here. My vet comes to the house, so as to not expose the pups to outside illness. A responsible breeder will require a spay or neuter of your pet and will explain the health and behavioral benefits of doing so. A responsible breeder will allow you to visit Mom/Dad and the pups. (Keep in mind, not all Dad's live with the breeder; however, information about the Dad should be readily available). It is acceptable for a breeder to have health protocols in place when visiting and require the puppy to be a certain age before allowing visitors. It is acceptable to ask the Breeder to see a copy of the Purchase Agreement/Health Warranty prior to making a commitment. You should also expect the breeder to provide you information on how the puppy has been raised and also guide you in how to care for your Newfoundland for the best temperament, growth and development.
Prior to your puppy arriving, I will provide an abundance of educational materials about caring for your pup, including diet, proper exercise, preparing your home, protecting the puppy's environment, potty training, medical care, from puppy through adulthood. I strive for a smooth transition for the puppy and your family.
Once the pup leaves my home, I am always available to answer any questions at any time.
I will take a pup back if the family is ever unable to care for the pup or adult dog.
I NEVER want one of these pups to end up in a shelter.
I strive every day to improve what I do
and provide the best life possible for these puppies and their parents.

AKC Purebred Limited Registration

Limited Registration means you are getting a purebred AKC registered Newfoundland puppy;

however, you are not allowed to breed this puppy or show in AKC Conformation events.

With Limited AKC Registration you can still train for therapy and service work, draft and water rescue, and compete in AKC events such as Obedience and Agility.  There are no limits on spending a quality life with your dog.

My thoughts...

Yes, I am a breeder of Newfoundland puppies. I am also the caregiver of their parents. When someone asks me what I do, I have a huge smile as I start talking with excitement about my dogs. 
I am very passionate about my dogs and thrilled when a puppy joins a great home. Families will begin their initial inquiries and they are very diligent in looking for the perfect furry family member. I appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into making the right decision. There are many different types of breeders with different priorities. There are breeders with a lot of dogs and breeders with a couple of dogs. Some work full time jobs and raise pups on the side and some spend all day with their dogs. Some hire employees so they can be away from home to show their dogs and some hire a professional handler & groomer to show their dogs. Some health test their dogs. Some join dog clubs and are active in promoting their breed. Some get involved in therapy training, draft work, water rescue training, etc. And I sincerely applaud anyone that can do all of these things.
 Just like all ventures in life, everyone has different passions and goals, even in how they spend time with their dogs.
I think most breeders don't divulge all the planning and work involved when it comes to selection, mating, whelping, and raising a litter. Quite honestly, breeding can be a very messy job that most people don't have the stomach, time, or work ethic to do. I was at my veterinarians office recently, with hair styled, makeup on, decent clothes and not a bit surprised when a nice comment was made about my appearance... after all, they usually see me in work clothes splattered with canine body fluids and my hair in need of a good brushing...during a c-section in the middle of the night, during chores at my home, or with a stressed pup needing extra care. As far as my life, it comes to a complete stop when a litter is due and the following 8 weeks or so of their life. I stay close to home for several days prior and then sleep next to my momma dog and pups for the first week or two after the pups are born. Yep... I've been known to skip a shower or two and beg someone to watch the pups for a much needed potty break. Newfs are big dogs and lay on pups and without supervision the litter may not survive. It is a commitment and the lives of the pups are depending on the commitment of their caretaker.
When we talk of various breeding philosophies, I will tell of a lady that told me over the phone she had 120 breeding dogs. She had some equipment for sale so I went to her house and while there asked to see her dogs. I could see lots of small buildings and pens, surrounded by tall weeds, but could not see the actual dogs. I left unimpressed.... On a completely different note, the most prominent and world recognized breeder of Newfoundlands in the US have twenty five dogs on their property. I would imagine those twenty five dogs are living a great life as passionate as their owners are about their dogs and improving the breed. And on another completely different note, I recently visited with a gentleman that had his first litter of Newfoundland pups. He asked many, many questions, and I assumed he would not be the best resource for a new puppy family as he was learning so much himself. I don't necessarily believe it is the number of dogs a person owns, but the knowledge of the breeder and the care the dogs receive, that's important.
My recommendation to you if seeking a Newfoundland puppy is to ask lots of questions and be comfortable before making a commitment. If able, schedule a personal visit and meet the puppies and the parents. You are always welcome to visit our home! We do not live an extravagant lifestyle; we are pure country. We live down a gravel road with a wheat field surrounding our home, a pond to the East, and some grain bins at the end of the driveway.
.. Our simple livestyle has allowed us to give a very peaceful and loving home to our pets ..
And yes, I am proud to be a breeder of quality Newfoundland puppies.
Gentle Giant Newfoundlands

Old Lady Nala Getting Too Much Attention from Pups

Willow and Me

Hercules stayed dry, I got soaked


A Puppy playing with Mom thru the puppy door

Newfoundlands are very special dogs!

Puppy ready to play!



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