- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Large
- Average Lifespan: 8-12 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Newfypoo Dog Breed Information
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The Newfypoo is a designer dog breed that originated in the United States and is a cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle. As with many crosses with Poodles, the goal is the get all of the great traits of both breeds plus a low-shedding coat. This is not always guaranteed with a cross-breed because the puppies can take on any combination of traits from one or both parents.
Regardless of their coat, a Newfypoo tends to have a friendly and loving disposition that makes a great family pet. Although the Newfypoo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations like the International Designer Canine Registry, International Canine Association, and more.
Although the Newfypoo grows up to be a big dog, they are notoriously gentle giants. They have a kind, loving, and friendly disposition with a playful, energetic personality. They are loyal and affectionate.
Newfypoos also tend to be even-tempered and patient. They get along well with just about everyone including children, other dogs, and other pets. They also often take on the role of family protector and make good watchdogs.
The Newfypoo is a moderately adaptable dog breed. Because of their large size, they do not tend to be a good fit for apartment living. They are better suited to larger homes and will love running around a yard.
Because these big dogs tend to be fluffy, they tend to do better in moderate and cooler climates. As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat. They also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time because they bond closely with their families.
Since the Newfypoo is a mixed-breed, they can inherit the potential health issues common to one, both, or neither of their parent breeds. For this designer dog breed, potential health issues to be aware of include patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, thyroid problems, bone problems, a heart condition called subvalvular aortic stenosis, and eye conditions like progressive retinal atrophy and cherry eye.
Responsible breeders will screen their stock to avoid passing potential issues on to puppies. So, don’t be afraid to bring it up with the breeder and ask about the genetic history of the parents. You can also ask to see any relevant health clearances or test results.
Both of the parent breeds of the Newfypoo are highly intelligent, eager to please, and highly trainable. The same should be true for the Newfypoo. They tend to pick up on things quickly and tend to be a good fit for dog owners of all experience levels.
They respond best to positive training methods focused on reward and praise. Because these dogs grow to be so large, it’s important to start training and socialization as early as possible. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to spend some time on leash training, so your Newfypoo won’t drag you around once they’re fully-grown.
Because a mixed-breed can take on any combination of characteristics from the parents, your Newfypoo could end up with a Newfoundland coat, a Poodle coat, or some combination of both of them. As such, you need to be prepared for coat care regardless of coat type.
Should your Newfypoo have a Newfoundland coat, they will shed moderately year-round with heavier shedding sessions twice a year. Brushing weekly or a few times a week is usually sufficient, but it may be a good idea to move to daily brushing during heavier shedding sessions. Bathing is on an as-needed basis.
Should your Newfypoo inherit the Poodle coat, they will be low-shedding, but not low-maintenance. In order to remove tangles and prevent mats, you’ll need to brush every day. Professional grooming needs to happen every 4-6 weeks.
On top of coat care, you will also need to care for your Newfypoo’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails monthly is usually sufficient to keep them from growing too long. Checking ears weekly and carefully cleaning them as needed can help prevent ear infections. Using an enzyme toothpaste or brushing your dog’s teeth every day can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
It’s a good idea to get your Newfypoo used to having their paws, ears, and mouth handled as a puppy. Keeping it a positive experience and getting them used to it early on makes basic grooming and maintenance much easier as your puppy grows into a large dog.
The Newfypoo has a moderate activity level. They do need daily vigorous activity to stay happy and healthy, but they take time to relax as well. Daily walks plus some playtime and extra activity are usually sufficient for this dog.
Their large frame and joints do not make them a good fit for long-distance running, but your Newfypoo may enjoy running around with you briefly, going on hikes, taking trips to the dog park, and more. These dogs also tend to take naturally to water, so don’t be afraid to try out swimming with your dog.
A fully-grown Newfypoo usually stands 22-30 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 70-150 pounds.
A Newfypoo generally lives 8-12 years.
Although Newfypoo is the most popular name for this designer dog breed, they are also sometimes called a Newdle, Newfydoodle, Newfoundlandoodle, Newfoundlandpoo, Poofoundland, or simply a Newfoundland Poodle Mix.