City of Greater Geelong, Victoria
Hi, I'm Melissa F.
We are ethical preservation breeders of Newfoundland dogs .Our focus is on the health, temperament and conformation of this wonderful breed. Newfoundlands are known for being benevolent, intelligent and dignified . They are also capable of hard work - in the water and on land- and of course lots of love and fun .We aim to produce Newfoundlands that reflect their heritage , who can not only perform in the show ring, be loving pets but also can work in water rescue and drafting . We breed all 3. ANKC recognised breed colours - Black, Landseer(white and black), and Brown .
Vet Approved Criteria
Last checked on 28 August 2020
Every breeder on RightPaw has agreed to our vet-approved RightPaw Code of Ethics, and passed an interview from one of our team.
- Breeding & Welfare
- Health Practices
- Home Environment
- Physical Condition
Our Breeding Practices
Behaviour and socialisation
Newfoundlands are very social dogs but require correct early socialisation with dogs, adults and children and different environments/situations. We begin our puppies' life in the outside world by implementing the Puppy Culture regime from birth. This includes Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS), Age Appropriate Games and Exercises, Handling Fear Periods, Creating an Enriching Environment, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Early…
Each litter is carefully planned and careful consideration goes into the selection of the sire and dam. This consideration includes conformation of the dogs in accordance to the breed standard, temperament, health testing, and genetics of not only the sire and dam, but also previous generations within the pedigrees of the dogs. All breeding occurs under the code of ethics, practice and breeding standards upheld by the ANKC and…
My dogs are all part of our family, and all puppies are raised within the home .
Apalie Newfoundlands conducts 2 out of 2 core health tests which RightPaw believe are most important to conduct for the Newfoundland.
A heart certificate indicates a breeder has had their breeding dogs declared free from common…
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess their ‘hip score’. Dogs with…
Apalie Newfoundlands conducts 2 additional tests available for the Newfoundland.
This condition mainly affects Newfoundlands although other breeds can be affected. It is a genetic condition which results in the production of kidney and bladder stones. There is a DNA test available to confirm that breeding dogs are not carrying this condition.
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess the quality of their elbow joints. Dogs with very low ‘elbow scores’ are less likely to develop elbow problems in the future and less likely to pass hereditary elbow problems on to their puppies.
About the Breeder
A little about us
Hi, I'm Melissa! I fell in love with the Newfoundland breed 30 years ago, and they have been a part of my life since. I began showing Newfoundlands in 2015 and, with the guidance and mentoring of a respected, very experienced Newfoundland breeder, I entered into a breeding program .
Why we got involved in breeding
My aim is to breed Newfoundlands according to the breed standard in conformation, temperament, and to be of excellent health and trainability. We do this all in line with the purpose of the breed, i.e. a multipurpose dog. At home, on land, and in water, the Newfoundland is capable of draft work and possesses natural lifesaving abilities. They are a swimmer, hauler, and gentle companion.
Our special touch
The Newfoundland temperament is well known, but they are also a giant breed that goes through puppy and adolescent stages of their development. A well adjusted, gentle, obedient Newfoundland does not just happen - like all dogs, they require training and socialisation. This is an area we specialise in for preparing our puppies for the outside world,. We also require all our puppy owners to commit to obedience training and extensive socialisation.
Dogs Victoria (ANKC)
- Newfoundland Club of Victoria