Newfoundland dogs are sweet, loving, devoted companions known for their mellow personalities and gorgeous medium to long, thick coats. Relaxed and happiest when hanging out with the family, they’re known for being particularly devoted to children.
They were originally bred on the North Atlantic island of Newfoundland, where they were prized for their prowess in the water, strength on land, and gentle personalities. But what happens when you mix Newfoundlands with other popular breeds? Keep reading to learn more about 18 Newfoundland dog breed mixes.
The 18 Newfoundland Dog Breed Mixes
1. Newfoundland-Labrador Retriever Mix (New Labralound or Newfie Labs)
Mixing these two popular breeds together makes perfect sense since they have shared heritage and history. Both originate from St. John’s Dogs, which were mixes of native North American dogs and various breeds that worked alongside fishermen in the North Atlantic.
So, they possess several common characteristics, including water-resistant coats and webbed feet. New Labralounds can have the medium-to-long coats of Newfoundlands, short, dense ones like most Labrador Retrievers, or something unique and in between.
2. Newfoundland-Chow Chow Mix (Chow Newfie)
Chow Chows are beautiful medium-sized dogs and one of the oldest breeds in existence, as they’ve been around since at least the 3rd century BCE. Over the years, they’ve lived and worked alongside humans as hunting, drafting, and guard dogs. In the 18th century, Queen Victoria even had one as a pet. Since Newfoundlands and Chow Chows have dense, thick, medium-to-long coats, mixes of the two breeds are likely to have similar fur.
3. Newfoundland-Siberian Husky Mix (Newfie Husky or Newsky)
Newfoundland Siberian Husky mixes are often smaller than pure Newfoundlands. Huskies are considered medium-sized dogs, most weighing between 35 and 60 pounds. Newskies generally tip the scales at around 80 to 100 pounds.
Their double-coated fur tends to be medium-length and comes in black, brown, and gray. Some have spotted coats. While Newfoundlands generally have relatively modest physical activity needs, Huskies require more exercise to stay centered. Therefore, Newskies generally require about 1 hour of daily physical activity.
4. Newfoundland-American Staffordshire Terrier Mix (Newfie Pit Bull)
While Newfoundlands are known for their laid-back, gentle, family-friendly personalities, American Staffordshire Terriers often have a bit more energy! American Pit Bull Terriers are generally medium-sized dogs that weigh between 30 and 70 pounds.
They’re incredible canine athletes with sleek, taught, well-muscled bodies. American Staffordshire Terriers have fighting dog heritage, but they’re also known for becoming attached to family members. Because both breeds are deeply devoted to their human companions, Newfoundland-American Staffordshire Terrier mixes are likely to have similar personalities.
5. Newfoundland-German Shepherd Mix (New Shep)
German Shepherds are medium to large dogs; large males can reach up to 26 inches at the withers. New Sheps are usually quite large as well and can weigh as much as 150 pounds. They’re usually relatively easy to train, but some can be stubborn. Dogs with the best personality traits of both parents can be mellow, athletic, and smart. Even though some German Shepherds dislike getting wet, New Sheps often love swimming and playing in the water.
6. Newfoundland-Bernese Mountain Dog Mix (Bernefie)
Newfoundlands were bred to assist fishermen in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, and Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred to work in cold mountainous environments, so Bernefies are likely to have cold-weather coats. They often have gentle, devoted, loving personalities and are known for getting along well with children.
7. Newfoundland-Saint Bernard Mix (Saint Bernewfie)
Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards have life-saving skills, so mixes of the two are likely to exhibit similar traits. Newfoundlands have been rescuing people from rough seas for centuries, much like Saint Bernards have been finding lost hikers and doing avalanche recovery work in the Alps.
Newfoundlands were actually mixed with Saint Bernards around the early 1830s to create dogs with longer hair to make it easier for them to withstand cold temperatures during mountain rescues. The experiment didn’t work, and the dogs’ long coats turned out to be ice magnets. Newfoundland-Saint Bernard mixes can tip the scales at over 165 pounds.
8. Newfoundland-Golden Retriever Mix (Golden Newfie)
Golden Retrievers are incredibly popular dogs; they’re loyal, devoted, gentle, and athletic without being busy. Most Golden Newfies love the water, and both Golden Retrievers and Newfoundlands are true water dogs with webbed feet and dense, water-resistant coats. Golden Newfies are usually even-keeled family dogs who hit the sweet spot regarding activity levels and exercise needs. Most have black, red, gray, or brown fur, but they seldom have the light coloring of Golden Retrievers.
9. Newfoundland-Rottweiler Mix (Newfweiler or New Rottland)
Rottweilers are medium-to-large dogs with muscular bodies and sleek dark coats. They’re the descendants of powerful herding and guard dogs that marched alongside Roman soldiers as they moved across Europe. Over time, the breed came to be associated with the German town of Rottweil, where they were used as drafting and guard dogs.
Rottweilers often have a protective streak, but they’re also known for being exceptionally devoted to and gentle around loved ones. As mixed dogs usually end up with traits from both parents, some New Rottlands have gorgeous Rottweileresque colors and medium-length coats.
10. Newfoundland-Poodle Mix (Newfiepoo or Newfypoo)
Newfoundland-Poodle mixes are often quite large, as standard Poodles can reach heights of over 15 inches at the withers and weigh anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds.
Newfiepoos generally weigh between 90 and 150 pounds.
They’re often a bit mellower than some other Poodle mixes, thanks to their patient Newfoundland heritage. But they also tend to be far more active than Newfoundlands, often resulting in large, very active dogs. Most are smart, sociable, and friendly.
11. Newfoundland-Border Collie Mix (Border Newfie)
Border Collies are among the smartest and most athletic dogs on the planet. Because they’re so intelligent and have such high energy levels, Border Collies are often considered a bit high-maintenance, as they can easily get themselves into trouble when not getting enough exercise or mental stimulation.
And while purebred Border Collies typically top out at around 55 pounds, Borden Newfies can weigh up to 100 pounds. Many, but not all, have beautiful dark fur that sometimes features white highlights on their tummies.
12. Newfoundland-Great Dane Mix (Newfie Dane)
Newfoundland-Great Dane mixes have parents who come close to the top on lists of the largest dog breeds. Great Danes are truly giant dogs, and they’re even bigger than Newfoundlands!!
Large males can easily reach 32 inches at the shoulders and weigh more than 175 pounds. Newfie Danes are likely to be massive, but they’re typically gentle dogs and devoted companions.
13. Newfoundland-Australians Shepherd Mix (Aussie Newfie)
Australian Shepherds have quite a history. They’ve done everything from herd cattle to perform tricks in rodeos! They were originally herding dogs brought to Australia by European immigrants. Years later, descendants of those dogs accompanied Australian immigrants to the west coast of the United States, where they quickly became popular for their herding skills.
Most Australian Shepherds have high energy levels. Aussie Newfies can have the intense energy of Australian Shepherds, the laid-back personalities of Newfoundlands, or they can end up with activity levels somewhere in between.
14. Newfoundland-Great Pyrenees Mix (Newfie Pyrenees)
Great Pyrenees dogs have impressive herding skills, and they’re originally from the area between France and Spain, where they were bred to help shepherds keep track of and defend their flocks. They are intelligent and observant, but most are willing to chill out with their owners on the couch.
Newfoundlands tend to be a bit mellower than the Great Pyrenees; many are independent and need alone time. Newfie Pyrenees dogs may take on the temperament of either parent, and they are usually large pups since the Great Pyrenees can weigh anywhere from 85 to 100 pounds.
15. Newfoundland-Komondor Mix (Komondor Newfie)
Komondors are beautiful, shaggy working dogs bred to herd sheep in Hungary. Their stunning white, ropy hair allows them to blend in effortlessly with their sheep. Komondor Newfies often have dark hair with white highlights on their paws, legs, tummies, and tips of their tails.
But Komondors require extensive grooming, as do Newfoundlands, so any mix of the two is likely to require some serious work, which might take time, given the size of these dogs. Large male Komondors can grow to over 27 inches at the shoulders and weigh up to 100 pounds.
16. Newfoundland-Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Mix (Swiss Newfie)
Greater Swiss Mountain dogs are enormous animals. The males range in height from 25 ½ to 28 ½ inches and can weigh up to 140 pounds. Swiss Newfies are bound to be huge as well. And given the moderate activity needs of their parents, Swiss Newfies are unlikely to require tons of exercise to stay happy and healthy.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs typically have short, dense double coats. Swiss Newfies can have short coats, fur more like their Newfoundland parent, or a fun combination of the two.
17. Newfoundland-German Wirehaired Pointer Mix
German Wirehaired Pointers are medium-sized dogs with dense bristly coats. They were bred as hunting companions and are full of energy and enthusiasm. Most also have a healthy prey drive and can be easily tempted into chasing.
Because German Wirehaired Pointers have different personalities than Newfoundlands, it can be difficult to predict how mixes of the two will turn out. Newfoundland-German Wirehaired Pointer mixes will likely enjoy swimming, as both parents are quite at home in the water.
18. Newfoundland-Irish Wolfhound Mix (Irish Newfie)
Irish Newfies are likely to be extremely large dogs, as Irish Wolfhounds can grow to 32 inches at the shoulders and weigh anywhere from 105 to 155 pounds. And Irish Wolfhounds are some of the tallest dogs in the world.
Irish Newfie puppies can have the mellow, laid-back temperament of Newfoundlands or be inclined to chase critters like Irish Wolfhounds. Irish Newfies with Irish Wolfhound-like builds and temperaments may require more physical activity to stay happy and healthy.
Newfoundlands make wonderful companions if you’re looking for a large, friendly dog. They’re even-tempered, laid back, and have relatively modest exercise needs. Over the years, they’ve been mated with just about every breed imaginable. While it’s often hard to know how any particular dog with two different parents will ultimately turn out, traits shared by both are likely to turn up in their offspring.
If you have your heart set on welcoming a new companion into your family, keep in mind that it can sometimes take some time to find breeders working with pedigree mixes, and they often cost more than purebred dogs when they’re in high demand.
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