Featured Image Credit: nelly_the_newfypoo / Instagram
|Height:||20 – 28 inches|
|Weight:||65 – 150 pounds|
|Lifespan:||10 – 12 years|
|Coat Colors:||Black, chocolate, gray, black & white, blue, cream, red, silver, silver beige, and white|
|Temperament:||Sweet, loyal, sympathetic, calm|
|Suitable for:||Families with children; first-time pet owners; elderly people|
Poodles are some of the best family dogs worldwide, but did you know you can cross them with Newfoundlands to make the so-called Newfypoo?
Yes, you heard that right — the Newfypoo is the peculiar mix of the Poodle and the Newfie!
The Newfypoo mixed breed is a friendly, gentle giant that can maintain a calm demeanor even in a different social environment. They thrive well with unpredictable kids, the elderly, and even other pet buddies.
Read on to learn more about this Newfoundland Poodle mix and how it can be the perfect match for you.
What Is a Newfypoo?
The Newfypoo is a designer breed resulting from the cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle. They are known as watchful dogs with affectionate dispositions. Aside from being cuddly, Newfypoos also have the intelligence and drive to serve effectively as working dogs.
This hybrid has several cute, fun names such as Newfydoodle, Newfoundlandoodle, Newdle, Newfiedoo, and other variations.
Still, Newfypoo is the official name registered in the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), a dog registry for designer breeds.
As a designer dog, many traits of Poodle and Newfoundland parent breeds are captured in this hybrid.
The drooling and shedding problems in Newfoundlands are subdued by the non-shedding and non-drooling Poodle traits. In fact, Newfypoo has an almost hypoallergenic coat.
In addition, the Newfoundland’s mellow disposition balances the highly active Poodle trait. This crossbreed is also designed to obtain healthy genes from its parent breeds.
If you don’t have enough space for big dogs, you can opt for a mini Newfypoo. This smaller variety also has attractive traits that come in a fun-size version!
Unfortunately, it’s dangerous to cross a toy Poodle with a Newfoundland dog. Hence, if you want an even smaller dog, you won’t find it in the Newfypoo.
Newfypoo Breed Origin and History
Since the Newfypoo breed is a relatively new breed, its history and exact origin are not well-documented.
However, much has been recorded on the history behind the Newfypoo’s parent breeds — the Newfoundland and the Poodle.
Algonquin and Sioux Indians were believed to develop the Newfoundlands (named after Newfoundland, Canada) to serve as working dogs and assist fishers by the 19th century.
The natural affinity of Newfoundlands to water and their protective nature made them shipwreck rescue dogs. Throughout history, the Newfoundland’s loyalty and bravery as lifeguards were also recognized.
On the other hand, the Poodle, the national dog of France, got its name from a German word meaning “to splash.” Germany primarily developed the dog breed as a water retriever and duck hunter.
The Poodle’s roles diversified through time because of their sharp minds and athletic body. They became circus companions, service and therapy dogs, and sometimes drafted for military or police work.
The cross of the two breeds, with their exciting traits and history, led to the rising popularity of the Newfypoos together with other Doodle breeds.
For more information about the Newfypoo, watch this video:
The combined physical characteristics of the Newfoundland and the standard Poodle result in an adorable large-sized Newfypoo.
Some Newfypoos got their massive body and heavy bone from Newfoundland, while others have the more squarely built, smoothly muscled form of the Poodle.
Newfypoos mostly have massive heads when fully grown. Some have the Newfoundland’s soft, soulful eyes that go well with their calm nature and cuddly, curly coat.
Their thick, fluffy, and curly coats make Newfypoos extra huggable. Most dogs inherit the double coat from Newfoundland, which makes for a fluffier Newfypoo appearance.
Like any mixed-breed dog, Newfypoos do not have standard coloring. Their Newfoundland bloodline may lead them to exhibit black, chocolate, gray, and black-white coats with markings.
Similarly, Poodle genes can bring blue, cream, red, silver, silver beige, and white to the Newfypoo mix.
Some Poodles have fading color genes that can be passed on to the Newfypoo dog. This causes the puppy coat to turn lighter or grayer as they reach adulthood.
To witness one of these gentle giants, check out this adorable video of a Newfypoo playing his new ball:
Newfypoo Size and Weight
A Newfypoo’s average weight and size is somewhere between the weight and size of a Newfoundland and a standard Poodle. As large dogs, Newfypoos weigh around 65 to 150 pounds with a height of about 20 to 28 inches.
The large puppies in a Newfypoo litter may or may not be the largest full-grown Newfypoos. Some runts of the litter have growth spurts later on. They can reach their full-grown size in one to two years.
The males are usually larger than the female Newfypoos. Hence, males are also heavier than females.
Our article on Newfoundland’s growth chart can pretty much give you an idea of the Newfypoo’s growth curve if they take after the Newfoundland’s genes.
Newfypoo Temperament and Personality
The Newfoundland and the Poodle are devoted family companions. They are also fantastic with young children, a trait common to Newfoundlands. But as with any other pets, dogs playing with kids require adult supervision.
One hallmark identity of Newfoundlands is their sweet disposition. Newfypoos also exhibit this trait, so you can expect them to be everyone’s best friend. However, their loyalty remains to their owners.
Newfypoos are also very trusting and highly intelligent. Newfypoo’s sensitive and sympathetic nature teaches young kids to be kinder to others.
Newfypoos don’t bark unnecessarily. This is ideal for the elderly and children who might get irritated by the constant yapping of pets. Newfypoos only bark when they sense danger.
Despite their calm demeanor, Newfypoos have large bodies that require bigger space to move freely.
They might be able to live in small apartments, but changes in your house’s layout might help them avoid feeling cramped inside.
Newfypoo Lifespan and Health Issues
With proper care and nutrition mixed with healthy genes, a Newfypoo’s life expectancy can reach about 10 to 12 years.
Mixed breed dogs like the Newfoundland Poodle mix generally have a lower risk of inherited diseases than purebred dog parents because of hybrid vigor.
Hybrid vigor helps prevent the risk of autoimmune disorders present in some purebred standard Poodles like Addison’s disease and sebaceous adenitis. However, even with lower risk, thorough health checks are still needed in these dogs.
Some of the health issues that you should look out for when getting a Newfoundland Poodle mix are listed below:
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Canine hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are bone problems common among large dog breeds. This occurs when the ball and socket of the hip or elbow joint no longer move smoothly but grind each other, causing pain during movement.
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Another common problem among large dog breeds is dilated cardiomyopathy, the condition characterized by the enlargement of the heart caused by weakened heart muscles. Newfypoos with this condition suffer signs similar to heart failure.
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus: This health concern generally affects large breeds with deep chests like the Newfypoo. Once your pup experiences gastric dilation volvulus or bloating, it should undergo surgery.
- Cherry Eye: Cherry eye happens when the dog’s third eyelid becomes swollen. This makes affected Newfypoos susceptible to dry eyes and infections because of the unprotected eyelid protruding from their eyes.
Getting your puppy from a reputable breeder will help lessen your vet bills as they adhere to high-quality breeding standards.
As a rule, Newfypoo breeders should be transparent with the health records of their breeding stock, so you can review them first before purchasing a Newfypoo puppy.
How to Take Care of Your Newfypoo
Tending to a Newfoundland Poodle mix is a big commitment for the next ten or more years.
Before bringing home one, it’s essential to know what is required of you in ensuring that you raise a well-behaved, healthy doggo.
Food and Diet
Newfypoos are great with commercially available food or homemade ones. However, they might require a high-quality protein diet since they are large dogs.
Ask your vet how much food your Newfypoo should consume in a day. Since this mix has a high tendency to bloat, you should provide it with well-distributed, smaller meals.
In preparing homemade dishes, keep in mind that grapes, raisins, and onions are toxic to Newfypoos. Before buying commercial dog food, check the label to see if they are certified by vet nutritionists.
During training, moderate your use of treats as it might also affect their weight. Treats obviously add calories to their diet.
Cleaning and Grooming
Both the Newfoundland and Poodle breeds require meticulous grooming. As a result, Newfypoo dogs also top the list of high-maintenance mixed breeds. Newfypoo owners even claim that their dogs are magnets to dirt and dust.
The thick Newfypoo coat needs frequent brushing to avoid clumped and matted fur. Their skins are also naturally oily, so it needs a generous amount of shampoo.
Newfydoodles should be bathed once a month. Given their fairly active nature, you might also find yourself bathing them more frequently.
However, you should refrain from giving them too many baths since this can potentially strip the natural oils in their coat, which will unnecessarily dry their skin.
Training and Exercise
Newfypoos are eager to learn because they are people-pleasers at heart. Training is relatively a breeze compared to other breeds because you generally have an intelligent and well-behaved pup.
With this trusting breed, obedience training can be started at a young age along with socialization. This will help them adapt quickly to changing situations and be more tolerant of other pets in the house.
In addition, you have to train them early to nip negative traits in the bud. These mixed breeds seem to love biting and chewing as puppies.
You need to invest in several chew toys and train them to redirect their energies to daily physical exercise.
Newfypoos don’t require vigorous exercise, even for an active dog. A regular low-impact exercise for about an hour is enough for the breed.
Because of the risk of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, activities must be gentle on their joints.
Both the Poodle and the Newfoundland love the water, so swimming might be the best low-impact exercise for Newfypoos.
How Much Does a Newfypoo Cost? Puppy Prices & Expenses
Unlike puppy mills, a reputable Newfypoo breeder is determined to produce healthy and well-socialized pups from a quality gene pool. Thus, Newfypoo puppies from professional breeders may cost around $500 to $3,200.
Aside from the initial cost of buying the pup, you must consider the varying expenses of raising them. The price range for such items differs from state to state.
Below are some basic expenses and supplies you’ll need when bringing a new Newfypoo puppy home:
|Type of Expense||Cost|
|Food and Treats||$80 – $100|
|Food and Water Bowls||$10 – $30|
|Bed||$40 – $180|
|Crate||$50 – $370|
|Leashes and Collars||$15 – $50|
|Toys||$30 – $40|
|Grooming Essentials||$40 – $160|
|Deworming, Flea, and Tick Medications||$50 – $200|
|Initial Vet Visits||$100 – $300|
|Initial Vaccine Shots||$75 – $200|
|Neutering or Spaying||$50 – $500|
|Dog License||$10 – $20|
|Microchip||$40 – $60|
|Miscellaneous Supplies||$15 – $30|
|Total Initial Cost||$605 – $2,240|
In the table above, the cost of dog food is enough to cover a month’s supply. Luckily, Newfypoo dogs are less picky eaters compared to Newfoundlands and Poodles.
Training classes are also important for these large breeds, including obedience and socialization classes.
If left untrained, Newfypoos might not realize how big they are and run into accidents. An ongoing puppy class might cost you around $200 to $580.
Having savings for vet bills is also sensible. With regular checkups and shots from the vet, your average spending would be $200 to $650 a year. You can also opt to get your puppy pet insurance.
Places to Find Newfypoo Puppies for Sale and Adoption
Designer dog breeders are usually more challenging to find than purebred breeders. Fortunately, the sudden popularity of Poodle mixes makes Newfypoos more accessible to interested dog lovers.
Here is a list of Newfypoo breeders you can reach out to:
- Newfiedoodles – This Newfiedoodle breeder based in South Carolina sells home-raised pups through a fair application process. They do not ship their puppies, so you must come personally to their facility. You can also pay them to escort the puppies to your doorstep for 60 cents per mile.
- Greenfield Puppies – Greenfield Puppies is an advertising site where you can find thousands of reputable breeders. On their site, you’ll see hundreds of listings for Newfoundland mixes, such as the Newfypoo. With Greenfield Puppies, you are likely to find a breeder near your area.
- CountryView Newfypoos – This is a small breeder based in Ohio with only one to two planned litters a year. Their puppies are expected to have black-white and brown-white coats. The vet also thoroughly checks them before going to their forever homes, and their parents are tested for health and genetic anomalies.
It’s wise to practice caution before buying a Newfypoo puppy online. Before you choose a breeder, make sure to read our puppy buying guide for some advice.
If you opt to adopt, you can look at these several non-profit Newfypoo rescue centers:
- Carolina Poodle Rescue – Carolina Poodle Rescue is dedicated to rescuing purebred Poodles and Poodle mixes in need of new homes. All of their dogs are spayed or neutered before being put up for adoption. Contact them directly to sign up on their waiting list.
- NorCal Poodle Rescue Inc. – NorCal Poodle Rescue is a group of volunteers specializing in the rehabilitation and rescue of Poodle and Poodle mixes. Their adoption fee covers spay/neuter, microchip, and gastropexy surgery. This shelter has been rescuing and rehoming Poodles and mixes for 35 years. Apart from their regular services, they also provide dental consultations, wound treatment, and other medical procedures to some dogs.
- Adopt-a-Pet – Adopt-a-Pet has one of the largest listings of adoptable pets, ranging from dogs and cats to exotic pets. Surely, they have a few Newfoundland Poodle mixes on board. The trick with using this service is to utilize their email alert system. This way, you’ll get notified if there is a new Newfypoo pup on their listing.
Rescue groups devoted to the Newfoundland Poodle mix are hard to find. If you particularly want these hybrid dogs, you can check out our list of Poodle rescues.
Since the adoption process is a bit tedious and overwhelming, you should read our ultimate adoption guide to secure your application.
If you want to try an alternative route of getting a Newfypoo without spending a single cent, follow our ways to get free puppies in your area.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Newfypoo
Different breeds, be it purebred dogs or a hybrid like the Newfypoo, have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Before deciding to purchase or adopt one, it is essential to recognize that this hybrid breed has excellent and unpleasant sides. After all, this is a life-changing commitment.
Here are several pros of having a Newfypoo:
- Exceptional Family Dog: The Newfoundland’s “nanny dog” characteristic makes the Newfypoo a child-friendly breed. These hybrids are quite affectionate to every family member, especially to their owners. As a large breed, the Newfypoos’ body can also handle and tolerate some roughhousing from children.
- Low Shedding: Thanks to their Poodle blood, Newfypoos are intentionally designed to be almost hypoallergenic because of their minimal shedding trait. This might help certain people to cope with their allergies and still own a dog.
- Multiple Skills: Newfypoos are bred from two working dog breeds. Thus, several natural instincts can be observed in them. They are highly trainable and intelligent dogs that also manifest superior physical strength. Hence, the breed can be a rescue, therapy, service, circus, nanny, retrieval, hunting, and guard dog.
Of course, there is no perfect dog. As you embark on your journey of Newfypoo ownership, you may realize the following cons:
- High Maintenance: Just as the Poodle requires daily combing, you must check the Newfypoos coat for clumps and mats daily. Attention must be given to areas with thicker coats. Furthermore, several grooming tools are necessary to tame their fur. You also have to invest in shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and coats.
- Prone to Separation Anxiety: Newfypoos will always need company. The downside of an openly affectionate, devoted breed is that you can’t leave them alone for an extended period, or they will suffer extreme stress and develop separation anxiety. Under these circumstances, the pups might pee, poop, or develop destructive behavior.
- Large Breed: Several health concerns are connected to the size of the Newfypoo, such as joint problems, bloating, cherry eye, and heart enlargement. Their size also requires bigger moving spaces, bigger portions of food, and higher vet bills.
Despite the drawbacks of the breed, the Newfypoo’s love and devotion are worth it. You just have to identify what your non-negotiables are when it comes to choosing certain breeds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Newfypoos Hypoallergenic?
No breed is totally hypoallergenic, be it mixed dogs or purebreds.
However, the Newfypoo and other Poodles mixes, such as the Australian Goldendoodle, Irish Doodle, and Shorkie Poo, were all designed to shed less, making them a better choice for persons with allergies.
In essence, we might consider the Newfydoodle mix as hypoallergenic.
Do Newfypoos Shed a Lot?
Newfypoos have low to moderate shedding. Generally, Newfypoos are between the heavy shedding Newfoundland and low shedding Poodle.
In fact, one of the deliberate goals behind the Newfoundland Poodle mix is to prevent heavy shedding. As with any mixed breed, the amount of shedding varies from one Newfypoo to another.
The changing seasons also affect the amount of fur the dogs shed. The Newfydoodle sheds most during warmer months of spring and fall.
Are Newfypoos Smart?
Newfypoos are smart. They got their intelligence from both the Poodle and the Newfoundland.
But as with any intelligent breed, it must be regularly stimulated with appropriate activities. Newfypoos might think of devious ways to entertain themselves without proper mental stimulation, leading to destructive behaviors.
Do Newfypoos Drool?
Newfypoos do not frequently drool — an advantage over the purebred Newfoundland, which is known to drool and slobber a lot. Newfypoos drool as a natural part of their digestive processes like all other dogs.
But, if you observe excessive drooling, have the vet check the pup as it isn’t normal. Problems in the pup’s kidney, liver, teeth, gums, or infections are reasons behind abnormal, excessive drooling.
Are Newfypoos Hard to Train?
The Newfypoos are easy to train. They are eager to please and can follow commands quickly, but you have to train them early. Consistency and positive reinforcement will go a long way in teaching them.
For positive reinforcement training, you can give rewards in the form of treats, games, and extra cuddling.
You can pair it up with affirmative words. They’ll enjoy the physical activities involved in the training and the mental exercises it provides.
Final Thoughts: Is a Newfypoo the Right Dog for You?
With proper training, you can be confident that the Newfypoo dog is well-suited to be a loving and loyal addition to your family.
The rising popularity of the breed shows that they are devoted companions and good watchdogs.
Just keep in mind that the Newfoundland Poodle mix requires a lot of grooming work. As a dirt and dust magnet, it will also be hard to maintain a neat home when they’re around.
But, if you have the patience or resources, then the Newfypoo dog is a great pup to own. Several new owners discovered the challenge of grooming the breed but wouldn’t change it for the world.
Are you prepared to welcome this mix into your home? Let us know your thoughts about the Newfoundland Poodle mix in the comments below!