Evaluating and screening for health conditions in individual dogs and across breeds is integral to Health Strategies and Programs. However, the challenges and complexities are considerable. In this section we look to provide information, links and expert guidance to breeders and breeding advisors.
Overview and details of use of various screening and other tests in breeding decisions; including quality and validation issues as well as proper interpretation at the dog, breed, national and international levels. * Check out the Subcategories (below) and Articles (further below).*
This section provides resources on genetic DNA testing, which has grown in popularity among breeders to determine an animal’s predisposition towards disease and other genetic conditions. * Check out the Subcategories (below) and Articles (further below).*
Many health evaluations have been used to inform breeding decisions. Most commonly and historically, for Hip Dysplasia and Eye conditions, also Elbow Screening, Behavior/Temperament and others. However, the tests/evaluations used are not necessarily standardized or harmonized across all registries, nationally or internationally. In this section we provide content on principles, challenges, controversies and new developments to help breeders understand the complexities, organized by specific conditions. * Check out the Subcategories (below) and Articles (further below).*
Balanced, well constructed medium sized dog of Spitz type with prick ears and coat in varied colours. Length of coat should be such as still to reveal the body proportions. With medium bone.Balanced, well constructed medium sized dog of Spitz type with prick ears and coat in varied colours. Length of coat should be such as still to reveal the body proportions. With medium bone. Self-assured, calm, even tempered with high resistance against any provocation.
NOTE: LANDSEER ECT is not the same breed of dog as the black and white 'Landseer' Newfoundland
Newfoundland - Landseer History
Newfoundland, Landseer or both? Actually, there are 3 versions: The American Newfoundland Landseer, the European Newfoundland Landseer and the European Landseer ECT.
The USA (AKC) recognizes both European and American Newfoundland Landseers but does not recognize the 3rd version, the Landseer ECT, as a version of the Newfoundland or even as a breed.
The Newfoundland Club of America addresses the question: "What is an ECT?
ECT stands for "European Continental Type". ECT's or Landseer ECT's as they are sometimes called, resemble Landseers, but are different in type and temperament. An ECT is a little taller, a little less broad, and to the person familiar with Newfs, just looks "different" than a Newf. ECT's tend to have a more "active" personality, and require an owner ready to live with a large dog which is more assertive than a typical Newf."
"As of 1998, Every country except the U.S. and Canada recognize the ECT as a separate breed from the Newfoundland."