Champagne (cream), white and brown, white and gray and black and tan are not desirable colors. Granted, these colors are genetic, but these colors do not follow the AKC Newfoundland Breed Standards set forth by the parent club, the Newfoundland Club of America.
"Bigger is better." The Newfoundland standard states that while a large size is desirable it is never to be at the expense of structure and soundness.
"I breed for Newfs that don’t drool." Newfoundlands have a deep muzzle which can make them prone to drooling. A reputable breeder cannot guarantee that a Newfoundland will not drool.
"We don’t x-ray because the dogs run around the yard just fine." It is impossible to determine the health of a dog unless you look inside!
"If the hips are fine the elbows are too." NOT TRUE!!! A dog's front end carries most of the weight. It’s the first thing that hits the ground when a dog jumps.
"The dog has been shown and has first place ribbons to prove it." This does not guarantee good quality. Dogs may get first place ribbons at practice sessions or at a dog show where there is only one dog entered. A breeder needs to participate in dog shows on a regular basis. This is how they prove their dogs are of excellent conformation (structural) quality.
"The mother was bred young because it was an accidental breeding." Reputable breeders DO NOT allow this to happen.
"I can have puppies and make my money back." Making money breeding dogs is a contradiction in terms. A routine cesarean section can cost $2000.00. Routine puppy shots, food and laundry costs will eat up any potential profit. Most breeders work to support their dogs.
"I’m going to breed her because I want another one just like her." Genetics doesn’t work this way. If it did children would all look the same. Your chances of getting a dog identical to your first are impossible.
"Championship lines." Several champions out of 30 dogs in 4 generations does not constitute championship lines. Championship lines means that nearly all the 30 dogs in the 4 generations are champions. This demonstrates a commitment to breeding dogs of excellent quality and health.