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Newfypoos 101: An Introduction

Updated on January 11, 2021

What Are Newfypoos?

Newfypoos are a relatively new breed of dog. They can be best described as a bundle of energy tucked into a big, happy heart. They are happy, friendly, and fairly healthy dogs that love the outdoors and pleasing their owners and families.
The Newfypoo, sometimes known as a Newfydoodle or Newdle, is a crossbreed of a Newfoundland and the Standard Poodle.

This dog breed is affectionate, kind, intelligent, and playful – all the characteristics of a wonderful family dog. One of their most charming qualities is their love and appreciation for children of all ages. One of their parent breeds, Newfoundlands, are known for their gentle demeanor and are commonly known as "nanny dogs". While they are traditionally great with children, they are also good in families that have an elderly or disabled member. However, they require a lot of maintenanceand these individuals should not be the primary or only caregiver.

Newfypoos aren't very adaptable dogs and like to stay close to their roots. They need a lot of open space and activity to remain happy and healthy. Their heavy coat means they can't stay in warmer weather for a longer, but they fair well in cooler climates. Newfypoos also have a natural love of water and love to be outdoors. They should lead a fairly active lifestyle and love to go on adventures with owners and their families. This breed is a wonderful choice if you and your family like to hike, camp, or fish -- just make sure to follow your local leash laws!

They don't make the best dogs for newer pet owners -- Newfypoos require a lot of maintenance and care.

History of the Newfypoo

There isn’t a lot to know about the history of the Newfypoo because they are such a new breed. Their lineage, however, has a much longer history. Traditionally, both Poodles and Newfoundlands were used as work dogs -- but for very different occupations.

Newfoundlands originated from, as one might imagine, Newfoundland. These gentle giants had a variety of careers in their early years, from transporting lumber and supplies to helping fishermen and even hunters drag in their catch. Their eagerness to please, affectionate nature, and athletic body shape made them an excellent class of working dogs -- something they retain today. They are genetically related to breeds like the Irish cocker spaniel and Labrador Retriever with similar temperaments and abilities. They were quickly known for their eagerness to please and cheerful personality. When they eventually immigrated to the United States and Europe, they were picked up and commonly used as “nanny dogs” by Victorians.
Newfoundlands are still commonly used in smaller passenger ships not only for their irresistible charm and personality, but for their effectiveness in rescue endeavors.

Their sweet and gentle temperament is one of the most important and recognizable personality traits. The Newfypoo is currently not recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, Poodles have a more modern reputation as high society dogs owned by the wealthy. They were originally bred as bird dogs by the French.

What is Owning a Newfypoo Like?

Owning a Newfypoo can be fun and rewarding. They are friendly and intelligent dogs who take to obedience and trick training quickly. The Newfypoo is a good choice for active and outdoorsy families. Both Newfoundlands and Poodles have been historically used for water work and will enjoy frequent visits to lakes and beaches. Newfypoos don’t fair well in colder weather due to their thick coat and penchant for the outdoors. While they may be able to live in warmer climates, this could require the owner to have more extensive grooming in shorter, less traditional cuts.

Grooming can vary from litter to litter, as many Newfypoo breeders have first-generation puppies. Newfoundlands typically require frequent brushing to keep the shed level down, whereas a Standard Poodle can develop mats very quickly.

Newfypoo Breed Information

Most Newfypoos are a first-generation dog breed, which means they are a direct mix of one Newfoundland parent and one Poodle parent. This can often reduce the risk of health problems because of their genetic variations, but it can make their exact traits less predictable.

These variations typically vary in things like size and hair texture. For example, some Newfypoos may have a softer coat like their Newfoundland roots, while others may have more hypoallergenic traits like their Poodle parent. Newfypoos might resemble the sweet lumbering giant gait of their Newfoundland heritage or the elegant and graceful stride of the Standard Poodle.

First-generation hybrid or crossbred dogs are largely unrecognized by organizations like the American Kennel Club, although notably they are recognized by both the International Designer Canine Registry and the Dog Registry of America, Inc.

Are Newfypoos Good Apartment Dogs?

The Newfypoo is an active, sporty, large dog that isn't generally suited to apartment life or big city living. While these gentle giants can be easily trained, they do not make the best apartment dogs unless you have regular access to a public courtyard and are able to take them outside for several hours a day.

While Newfypoos are naturally gentle and nurturing, big dogs have the potential for even bigger messes. Of course, Newfypoos can be trained to have good house manners, but accidents will happen and even the calmest of dogs will get excited and bump into a table or two. This can cause problems in apartments where stains, scratches, and other damage to the property can result in fines or fees to the renter.
These dogs do well in families both small and large. While they can be happy with a single owner, the physical requirements of a Newfypoo and their active nature make them the happiest in home life. It can also be very difficult for this breed of dog to be left alone for long periods of time.

Newfypoos by their nature love water; both Poodles and Newfoundlands have been traditionally trained for water work. The nature of apartment living can make it difficult to regularly take your Newfypoo outside and on trips. While not aggressive, Newfypoos are protective and strong dogs. There is a lot of hustle and bustle to living in an apartment, and your dog is not as likely to understand your noisy neighbors or their unfamiliar faces as you are.

Are Newfypoos Hard to Train?

Newfypoos have a unique lineage that makes them especially easy to train. Poodles are an intelligent and hard-working breed that have a long history as show and trick dogs. Newfoundlands are suited to a variety of careers that make them crave mental stimulation and human interaction.

While they are generally easy to train, early training is especially important with this breed. Both parent breeds of this dog grow large and excitable, so proper and effective early training is essential to prevent behavioral issues later on.

Positive behavior training should be the center of any dog training plan, but taking this approach is especially important for a Newfypoo.

What Colors Do Newfypoos Come In?

Newfypoos come in a variety of colors to match those of their parent breeds. Black, white, brown, and cream are commons. They can also more rarely come in color combinations, with the chest, head, and belly different than the rest of the body. They may also be speckled, which is common in Newfoundlands.

Newfypoo Health Issues

Like most large dog breeds, Newfypoos can be prone to elbow and hip dysplasia and other bone conditions. Another common issue that Newfypoos can experience are eye-related ailments.

If buying from a breeder, you should ask for the health history of both parents to get a more complete picture of the puppy’s potential health issues. Remember that exercise, diet, and lifestyle also play important roles in a dog’s health.
Newfypoos like an average of 10 to 14 years. Like a lot of larger dogs, they can experience health problems that cause them to live a shorter life.

How Big Do Newfypoos Get?

Because Newfypoos can carry traits from both their Newfoundland and Standard Poodle parents, their size and weight can vary. You can more accurately predict the body shape and size if you can see their parents and their pedigrees, if applicable. That being said, the best estimate for a Newfypoo is about 100-130 pounds.

Fun Facts About Newfypoos

  1. Some Newfypoos have webbed feet.
  2. There are many famous Newfoundlands, being the favorite of many an aristocrat, politician, or celebrity. A unnamed Newfoundland was credited for saving Napoloean Bonaparte. A Newfoundland named "Nana" is even featured in Peter Pan!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2021 Dani Merrier

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