Here are the pictures that I have so far of the pups...again, 5 of each sex, 10 all together. All seem to be dong well, I think she's done, but we'll keep checking on her. I've had more than enough help all day: my younger brother and sister, my niece and nephew, my in-laws, and my brother and sister-in-law were all here at some point to lend a hand, throw in some laundry, and keep an eye on Mama Bear while I made formula, made phone calls, etc. Thanks to all those who wished us luck & congratulated. I promise to get some better close-ups of the babies when I get a chance...I'm going to shower & get a quick nap!
This is a picture my sister took, she thought it was funny to take a picture of me looking at the pups (without me knowing), then to say my name & take a picture. Ha ha. That's what little sisters are for, I guess.
MyWeim~~the pup you are talking about has Landseer markings, white and black. Newfs can come in black, grey, brown, and Landseer; solid colors may have white on thier feet, chest, and tips of tail. The Landseer markings are only recognized for black and white by the AKC, but some are born with grey or brown markings instead of the black. Here is a picture of what a Landseer looks like (there is also a picture on my other thread of a Landseer...another member asked the same question..lol!) http://www.pvah.com/pics/Pb150657_aslanstaff.jpg
They have individualized markings, but the black head and white legs/paws are similar. In Europe they are shown separate from Newfoundlands, as they are used as a sporting dog there.
Scout~~Some Newfoundlands do have heart problems, and seem to be more prone to it than other breeds. It's usually from birth, not something that occurs later in life. That is why one of the health clearances for breeding is a cardiac clearance to make sure there is no murmur of dam or sire that may have been missed. The most common hear defect in Newfies is SAS (subaortic stenosis), and I think they still have a research program going on at Ohio State for Newfs and different treatments that can be given.
Ok, I'm going back to napping...Mama Bear has finally fallen asleep with the pups...I'm good for a few hours.
All I have to say is be very careful with your precious babies, as there are some people who will take advantage of your kindness and think nothing of wasting your valuable knowledge. As well as time... because they are less then honest, and far to quick to ditch a "beloved" pet.