Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the parent site www.newfoundlandhealthdata.org.uk

Reliability of data

It is intended that the database can be regarded as;

  • authoritative where entries have been made on production of documentary evidence of the tests
  • reliable where entries have been made from Kennel Club Breed Records Supplements
  • reliable but unverified where some early Heart Test results are recorded from documents received from the British Veterinary Cardiovascular Society (or directly from the owners) which documents did not have provision for the veterinary surgeon's signature. They are listed as "Unverified Breeder/Owner submitted document"
  • indicative where unverified entries (Cystinuria specifically) have been made based on information provided by breeder/owners


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An open database resource created and supported by the UKs three representative Newfoundland Breed Clubs

Joint Health Database page heading

The Northern Newfoundland Club along with the Newfoundland Club and the Southern Newfoundland Club have created and are maintaining a single joint health data database. Launched on 07 August 2010 following a meeting in July 2010 between representatives of the Committees of all three Breed Clubs.

The database has it's own web site at www.newfoundlandhealthdata.org.uk and the data presented here is directly mirrored from that site. It is intended to provide a useful resource for persons considering the purchase of a Newfoundland puppy and for selecting stud dogs or females for breeding.

The importance of Health Testing in breeding Newfoundlands

There are four area mains of concern which affect the health of our breed;

  • Heart defects
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cystinuria

These potential health problems are discussed elsewhere on this site and it is the intention of the Northern Newfoundland Club to do everything possible to assist breeders to reduce and hopefully eliminate these health issues from the Newfoundland breed.

Heredity plays a critical role in the incidence of health problems. By carefully testing and breeding only from dogs and bitches who have been screened and have acceptable results, the chances of offspring being affected are dramatically reduced. In the case of cystinuria, a painful and potentially life threatening disease, it is theoretically possible that we could eliminate the problem from the breed in just a single generation!

Key to abbreviations
Ausc. - Auscultation (a stethoscopic examination)
BMD - Bernese Mountain Dog (an early Elbow scoring scheme)
BVA - British Veterinary Association
DCM - Dilated Cardiomyopathy
ECG - Electrocardiography
ED - Echo doppler
FCI - Fédération Cynologique Internationale
OFA - Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
SAS - Sub-Aortic Stenosis

For more information on the database, how to have your dog's results included and the answers to the most common questions, please visit the www.newfoundlandhealthdata.org.uk web site.

Tips on viewing the data

  • The data is presented in the alphabetical order of the dog's registered name.
  • Placing your mouse over a dogs name will show more information, if known, such as their pet name, registration number, KC Stud Book number and microchip number