As the name may already have given away, the Newfypoo (also known by the name of Newdle or Newfiedoo) is a cross between a Poodle and a Newfoundland. These are big dogs with larger than life personality and a massive heart to match. Positively brimming with affection and playfulness, this gentle and intelligent breed is the ideal family pet.
While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact time and place of origin of the Newfypoo, it can be understood to have been intentionally bred in the United States sometime in the last twenty years. There is a possibility that this pup may have been present through natural breeding processes before that. The Newfypoo has a hypoallergenic coat with a friendly nature, which may have been the goal when intentionally crossing the two parent breeds. There is no set of standard traits for this pup, and one Newfypoo may vary greatly when compared to another of the same breed. However, breeders are working on setting some of these standards to achieve a sustainable kind of Newfypoo.
When it comes to the Newfypoo, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pup as loving and affectionate as this. The dogs have huge hearts and love their owners very dearly. They are kind and gentle and are great options if you have children and want a safe and friendly family dog. These pups are known to win over everyone they meet and melt the hearts of even the most stern dog-haters (yes, there are people like that out there!). They will be happy to make new friends, getting along well with humans, as well as dogs and other animals. However, you can rely on the Newfypoo to fulfill any watchdog duties since they are protective dogs and are usually wary of strangers at first. They’ll alert you if there are any intruders, with their large size keeping most threats at bay. Despite this, they are the loveliest and most docile pets around their owners and the people that they trust. If you wish to get a better idea of the kind of personality your Newfypoo will grow into, it is best to spend some time around the Poodle and Newfoundland parents. The temperaments of the parent dogs is usually a good indicator of the kind of temperament your dog will grow up to have.
When it comes to size, this one’s a big pup, standing at around 22 to 30 inches tall and weighing anywhere between 75 to 150 pounds.
While the Newfypoo, due to its mixed-breed nature, is less likely to develop genetic illnesses when compared to the purebred parents, it is important to stay vigilant. There are certain hereditary illnesses that your Newfypoo may be predisposed to. However, it is not necessary that the dog will develop any of these issues later on. To be on the safe side, always ensure the breeder you are getting your Newfypoo puppy from shares health clearance certificates of both parent dogs. It is important not to buy from a breeder that crosses dogs younger than 2 years old since that is when most genetic illnesses start to surface. Make sure you schedule regular veterinary visits, ideally once a month, so that any issues that your dog may be developing can be caught early on and dealt with promptly. Some illnesses that your Newfypoo may be predisposed to include progressive retinal atrophy, cherry eye, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and thyroid issues. Also, keep a sharp lookout for any symptoms of heart disease since Newfypoos are likely to develop issues such as subvalvular aortic stenosis. Despite these threats, the Newfypoo enjoys relatively good health.
The Newfypoo is a high-energy dog and needs ample exercise because of this. They need an outlet for all of their pent-up energy and so make great companions on long walks and hikes (however, the Newfypoo is not suited to long runs). These dogs love the water and will enjoy going for a swim every now and then. Make sure their need for exercise and mental stimulation is being met. Otherwise, these pups may become destructive. They are suited for homes that have access to open spaces such as yards and parks and don’t do well in small apartments due to their large size and need for exercise. The Newfypoo is an incredibly smart dog, making them easy to train. When teaching this pup tricks, not a lot of repetition is needed since they are quick to pick up on what you are trying to get them to do. Incorporate a lot of positive reinforcement and steer clear of harsh punishments. Begin socializing them from a young age to ensure your pup grows up to have a well-rounded personality and even-temperament around new people and in new situations. Make sure to adequately teach your dog how to walk on a leash since the Newfypoo’s large size may make it difficult.
Every Newfypoo is different, with their dietary needs depending on several factors such as age, size, and energy levels. In general, the Newfypoo has a big appetite and should be fed high-quality dry dog food. When designing a diet plan for your dog, it is best to speak to a veterinarian who can best suggest the amount and type of food your dog needs depending on their individual traits. Generally, the Newfypoo can be expected to consume anywhere between 4.5 to 6 cups of dog food divided into separate meals given several times in a day.
The Newfypoo has a low-shedding and low-dander coat thanks to its Poodle genes that makes it suitable for allergy sufferers. It is thick and curly, as well as water-repellant owing to its oily nature.
When it comes to grooming, the Newfypoo can be a difficult dog. Their oily and water-repellent coats are difficult to manage, especially since they are bound to get dirty due to the dog’s active nature. It is best to leave grooming to the professionals with this one. However, it is recommended you brush your dog’s coat a few times a week to ensure it stays soft and tangle-free. Keep a check on their ears to make sure they are free of dirt and debris. If you notice a foul odor, take your Newfypoo to the vet immediately, as this may be a sign of an ear infection.
A Newfypoo puppy will cost you anywhere between $500-$2000, depending on the traits of the puppy and whether you choose to buy from a breeder.
When it comes to dogs, it is always better to adopt than shop. Here’s a list of organizations that have Newfypoo rescues (among other breeds):