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NewfyPoos are a mixed breed the cross of a Poodle and a Newfoundland. He is a large to giant dog with a life span of 8 to 12 years. He is known also as a Newdle, Newfiepoo, Newfypoodle, Newfydoodle, Newfoundlandpoo and Newfoundlandoodle! He has talents in various areas such as weight pulling, guarding and obedience. He is a loveable and sensitive dog and makes a great family pet.
|Here is the NewfyPoo at a Glance|
|Average height||22 to 30 inches|
|Average weight||70 to 130 pounds|
|Coat type||Wavy, long, dense, thick|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||No can suffer from separation anxiety|
|Barking||Rare to Occasional|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Not really|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good|
|Trainability||Easy to train|
|Exercise Needs||Slightly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Quite high|
|Major Health Concerns||Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, heart problems, kidney problems|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, skin problems, knee problems|
|Life Span||8 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$500 to $1600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $600|
Where does the NewfyPoo come from?
The NewfyPoo is a designer dog, one of many new dogs deliberately created in the last two to three decades. Some have a purpose or a reason behind their breeding, and many are created by poor breeders just to make money. Always look into the breeder you are thinking of buying from, visit the kennels and take a good look at their dogs. When you are dealing with mixed breeds there is no way to guarantee or predict the kind of personality or looks it will have. They can vary even in the same litter. To get an idea of the NewfyPoo we can look at the parent breeds.
The Newfoundland comes from the province in Canada that it has been named after. He was bred there to work with fishermen but actual details about his origins are not very clear. One thought is that he comes from the American Black Wolf and the Tibetan Mastiff. Another is that dogs were left there by Vikings and eventually bred with wolves. Finally it might be a mix of European dogs who came across to Canada in the 1400 to 1500s. We know that they were named in 1775 by a George Cartwright but the breed then almost died out due to new tax laws. Thankfully the dog was saved though, he came to England in 1860 and registered in America in 1879.
He is a sweet dog, eager to please, intelligent and therefore easy to train. He retains his strong work ethic and is great with children. He loves to be with the family and cannot be left alone for long periods. He needs space to be happy and does drool a lot!
The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.
They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.
The NewfyPoo is a playful, social and joyful dog who is very easy to love. He is intelligent and calm when not playing. He is alert and makes a good watchdog. This means he can be wary of strangers. He is very loving and loyal and is a very sweet natured dog. He is sensitive and cannot be left along for long periods of time. He can suffer from separation anxiety.
What does the NewfyPoo look like
He is a large to giant dog weighing 70 to 130 pounds and measuring 22 to 30 inches tall. He has a squared head, a tail that is long or cropped and a well proportioned strong body. His eyes are deep and almond shaped and his muzzle is like a Newfoundland’s. His coat is dense and thick, wavy, long and water repellent. Common colors are blue, black, gray, brown, cream, silver, apricot, white and red.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the NewfyPoo need to be?
He is a slightly active dog, he does not need as much exercise or have as much energy as some larger dogs. But he still needs to get out regularly for a daily walk or run and would be best with access to a yard to play in. Occasional trips to a dog park and some play time with you are also great ways to get him active. Be sure to buy toys and play games that give him some mental stimulation as well as physical.
Does he train quickly?
He is intelligent and inclined to listen to commands and eager to please. These traits make a dog a lot easier to train. He will in fact possibly train quicker than many other dogs as he will learn something with less repetition needed. Positive training is key though, being sensitive he will not do well with harsh methods. Avoid scolding, physical punishments and so on. Praise him, reward him and encourage him, be firm, be consistent and you will have success. Make sure you start socialization and training as early as possible. Occasionally a NewfyPoo can inherit some stubbornness from his parents but just be confident.
Living with a NewfyPoo
How much grooming is needed?
He is considered a hypoallergenic dog but that needs to be checked with a visit to the puppy before purchase. He is low shedding so is less work to clean up after than dogs that do shed more. He should still be brushed daily and you may need to trim the hair around his eyes now and then and clean his beard! Bathe just when he really needs it with a dog shampoo. Brush his teeth at least three times a week and check his ears once a week for infection. Wipe them clean using a damp cotton ball or cloth or using a dog ear cleaning solution. His nails will need clipping if they get too long, you can choose to learn how to do this or have a groomer or vet do it for you.
What is he like with children and other animals?
He is great with children especially with early socialization as well as with other dogs and pets. He loves to play with other dogs in fact. Make sure children know how to play safely and kindly with him and you may need to supervise small children in case he accidentally knocks them with his size.
It is hard to say whether he will be a barker or not as that can vary from one NewfyPoo to another. They do tend to be more vocal when anxious or when playing. He is alert and will bark to alert you of an intruder. He would also act to protect you are the family if needed. He should be fed 4 to 5 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day. It should be done over at least two meals. He does better in colder climates than very warm ones.
Dogs can get ill, there is little you can do to prevent that apart from buy from a trustworthy breeder who has shown you health clearances to lower the odds. The health problems the parents can be prone to can be passed on to any offspring, so for a NewfyPoo that includes Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, heart problems, kidney problems, joint dysplasia, skin problems and knee problems.
Costs involved in owning a NewfyPoo
A puppy of this mixed breed will cost between $500 and $1600. Some breeders will include some things with that price and some will not. If not included you will also have to pay for blood tests, chipping, shots, neutering, deworming, a crate, a collar and leash and some other small basics at the least. These will cost between $450 to $500. Costs for annual basic needs such as food, treats, toys, shots, vet check ups, flea prevention, training, license and pet health insurance come to between $995 to $1200.
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The NewfyPoo is a great dog for families and people who have allergies who want a loveable, smart and friendly larger dog. He is easy to train, needs less physical activity than some larger dogs so would be happy in a home where owners were only moderately active and will be loving in return.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the NewfyPoo come from?
- What does the NewfyPoo look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a NewfyPoo
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a NewfyPoo