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Newfypoo: The Ultimate Guide To The Giant Poodle Newfoundland Mix

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The Newfypoo is a mixed breed dog that is a cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle. This breed has gained popularity in recent years due to its adorable looks and friendly personality. Newfypoos are known to be intelligent and easy to train, making them great family pets.

One of the defining characteristics of the Newfypoo is its size. These dogs can grow up to be quite large, weighing anywhere from 70 to 150 pounds. Their size may bear consequences to their joints, making joint supplements and mineral-dense diets essential. 

 Despite their size, Newfypoos are gentle giants and are great with children and other pets. They’re also known for their loyalty and affection towards their owners. We’ve consulted experts like George Hoppendale in his Manual for Newfypoos for a complete guide on this breed.

Newfydoodles are part of the large to giant-sized doodle varieties, along with others like Giant Schnoodles, Bernedoodles, Great Pyredoodles, and Saint Berdoodles. Due to their size, Newfypoos need plenty of exercise and space to roam around. They are a giant designer or emerging breed, like North American Mastiff, that have special needs to accommodate their size.

They also require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and free from tangles. Check out this stunning black Newfypoodle

Origins of the Newfypoo

Doodle dogs, including the Newfypoo, are a relatively new breed that originated in the United States in the 1990s. They were bred to be allergy-friendly and to have the intelligence and athleticism of the Poodle and the loyalty and strength of the Newfoundland. 

The goal was to create a dog that would make a great companion for people with allergies or those who wanted a dog that was easy to train and had a good temperament. Mini Labradoodles were the first Doodles created, and the doodle craze has only gotten more intense.

Other Newfypoo names include: 

  • Poofoundland
  • Newdle
  • Newfoundlandpoo
  • Newfoundlandoodle
  • Newfiedoo
  • Newfypoo

Origins of the Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland dog breed originated in Newfoundland, Canada, where they were used as working dogs for fishermen. They came complete with webbed feet for swimming efficiency and the strength to save a drowning man.

 They were known for their loyalty, sweet nature, and ability to swim in cold waters. They were also used for hauling heavy loads and as rescue dogs. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886.

Origins of the Standard Poodle

The Standard Poodle originated in Germany in the 15th century, where they were used as retrieving dogs. These dogs were also known for their intelligence, athleticism, and allergy-friendly coat.

They were also used as circus dogs because of their ability to perform tricks. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887. Today, you get smaller variations of the Poodle, like the Miniature and Toy versions that may help create a mini Newfypoo. You can even find very tiny teacup poodles.

Physical Characteristics of a Newfypoo

What does the Newfypoo look like?

The Newfypoo is a large to giant, fluffy dog that inherits its appearance from both the Newfoundland and Poodle breeds. They usually have a sturdy, muscular build with a deep chest, broad shoulders, and a strong back. 

Their overall body shape may resemble that of a Newfoundland, but their face looks like a Poodle. However, some Newfiedoodles maintain that Mastiff-like face, with an extended forehead and somewhat shortened muzzle. 

Newfiepoos often have expressive eyes that can be brown or hazel in color. Their ears are usually floppy and hang close to the head.

Colors and Coat 

They have a thick, curly coat that can come in various colors, including black, white, brown, and gray. Their fur is allergy-friendly, making them a great choice for people with allergies. 

Common Poofoundland colors include:

  • Black
  • Brown (Chocolate)
  • White
  • Black and white (landseer)
  • Cream
  • Apricot
  • Silver
  • Parti-color

Check out this uniquely and rare merle Newdoodle. Merle is not a color in the Newfoundland or Poodle, so it is likely that a Newfypoo breeder used another dog breed, like the Great Dane or Catahoula Leopard Dog to introduce merle coloring.

How big does the Poofoundland get?

The Newfypoo is a large dog weighing anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds (27 to 45 kg) and standing between 22 and 30 inches(55 to 71 cm) tall. They are known for their gentle nature and make great family pets. Despite their size, they are surprisingly agile and can be trained to do various tasks, including water rescue.

It is possible to get a mini Newfypoo by back breeding a Newfypoo to a much smaller miniature Poodle.

Newfypoo Temperament, Intelligence, and Trainability

The mellow Newfoundland Poodle mixes are known to be outgoing, social, eager to please but not shy, intelligent, and overall very sweet dogs. They live for spending time with loved ones and their special hoomans, both on land and in water. Remember, these dogs really thrive when they have access to water they can swim in.

In general, these are exceptionally sweet family dogs. 

Newfypoos are also known for their trainability. They respond well to positive reinforcement and are quick to learn new commands. They are highly trainable and can be taught various tricks and behaviors. However, it is important to note that they can be stubborn at times, so consistency and patience are key when training a Newfypoo.

Newfypoo Health and Care

Common Health Issues

Newfypoos are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain health issues: 

  • Heart issues like dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart): Studies show that Newfoundlands are the fifth most likely breed to die from heart disease and may pass this susceptibility to Newfiedoodles.
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia where the joints and socket section don’t connect fully.
  • Arthritis because of their large size.
  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid issues
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), where the stomach twists on itself, leading to blockage and potential organ damage.
  • Addison’s Disease occurs when the adrenal glands don’t make enough of certain hormones.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease: This is a blood clotting disorder that can result in excessive bleeding.
  • Ear Infections: The floppy ears of Newfypoos can make them more susceptible to ear infections, especially if not properly cleaned and dried.
  • Patellar Luxation: The kneecap can occasionally become dislocated, causing lameness and discomfort.
  • Cancer

How to Groom a Newfydoodle

Poofoundlands have a thick, curly coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling. 

  1. They should be brushed at least three to four times a week (if not daily) and more frequently during the molting (heavy shedding) season. 
  2. Regular bathing with a quality shampoo is also important to keep their coat clean and healthy
  3.  In addition to coat care, Newfypoos also require regular nail trims with dog clippers and ear cleaning with vet-approved wipes
  4. Keep their teeth clean by brushing them at least twice a week and alternating with a dog dental rinse.

Newdle Exercise Needs

Newfypoos are a large breed that requires daily exercise to stay healthy and happy. They need about 60 to 90 minutes of daily exercise. Monitor the sessions because their large size reduces stamina and increases joint issues risk. Avoid high impact activity like running and jumping and focus on low impact activity like long daily walks or regular short hikes.

These dogs benefit from occasional (or regular, if you can) swimming sessions. This is because they descend from two swimming breeds and are literally adapted to swimming with their webbed feet. However, monitor the swimming to avoid water intoxication

Dietary Needs

Newfypoos require a well-balanced diet that is appropriate for their size and activity level. They should be fed high-quality dog food (30 % protein) free from fillers and artificial preservatives. They also need diets specifically designed for giant breed puppies to help their bones grow properly. 

 It’s important to add joint-supporting nutrients to their diet to promote joint health. These include chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and joint supplements.

Training a Newfypoo

Training Tips

Newfypoos are intelligent and eager to please, making them relatively easy to train. However, they can be stubborn at times, so consistency and patience are key. Start training them as early as possible and use positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise. Socialization, obedience training, and crate training are the most important things to teach your dog.

Newfypoos can be sensitive, so avoid using punishment-based training methods. Instead, redirect unwanted behaviors and reward good behavior. Read our article on how to discipline (Not punish) your dog.

Adopting a Newfypoo

Choosing a Breeder

When looking to adopt a Newfypoo, it’s important to choose a reputable and ethical breeder. A good breeder will be knowledgeable about the breed and will be able to provide information about the dog’s health and temperament. They should also be willing to answer any questions you may have and allow you to visit their facilities.

Be warned that the boom in Doodle breeds has also led to a boom in unethical breeders trying to cash in on the craze. So be responsible before buying a Newfypoo puppy. Do not support barkyard breeders or puppy mills. Always explore adoption options before searching for Newfypoo breeders near you.

Adoption Process

The adoption process for a Newfypoo will vary depending on the breeder or rescue organization you choose. There are many rescue organizations that specialize in doodle type dogs, so we suggest contacting them first if you are looking for a dog. It’s also important to be prepared for the financial and time commitments that come with owning a Newfypoo. 

Do Newfypoos get along with children?

Newfypoos are known for their gentle and friendly nature, which makes them great family pets. They are typically good with children and other animals, although early socialization is important to ensure they are well-behaved around others. It’s important to supervise interactions between young children and dogs, regardless of the breed.

Newfydoodle Ideal Home 

  1. A home with a yard 
  2. Moderately active individuals 
  3. Maybe allergy-friendly 
  4. Home where someone is around most times 
  5. Adult supervision every time they’re around kids
  6. Multipet home 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Newfypoo puppies for sale cost?

The cost of a Newfypoo puppy can vary depending on the breeder, location, and other factors. On average, a Newfypoo puppy for sale can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000.

Are Newfypoos prone to drooling?

Newfypoos are a mix of Newfoundland and Poodle breeds, and while they may not drool as much as purebred Newfoundlands, they can still drool to some extent. However, proper grooming and regular dental care can help reduce drooling.

Are Newfypoos hypoallergenic?

Newfypoos are not considered to be hypoallergenic, as they still produce dander and shed. However, their curly, non-shedding coat can be more tolerable for people with allergies compared to other breeds.

Is a Newfypoo a suitable breed for families?

Newfypoos are known for their friendly and affectionate nature, making them a great choice for families. They are gentle with children and get along well with other pets. Because of their size, they can have expensive vet bills, so make sure to invest in pet insurance. 

Is the Newfypoo aggressive?

Newfypoos are not typically aggressive, but like any dog, they can become aggressive if not properly socialized or trained. Early socialization and training can help prevent any aggressive behavior.

Do Newfypoos tend to bark excessively?

Newfypoos are not known for excessive barking, but they may bark to alert their owners of strangers or other potential threats. Proper training can help control barking behavior.

Do Newfypoos shed?

Newfypoos can have a curly, low-shedding coat like their Poodle parent, which can make them a good choice for people with allergies. But many will still shed like the Newfoundland parent. Remember, regular grooming and brushing are still necessary to prevent matting and keep their coat healthy.

Final Thoughts

Newfypoos are great for families looking for a friendly and intelligent dog. They are gentle giants that love to be around people and are great with children. They are also very trainable and adaptable, making them a good fit for first-time dog owners. One thing to keep in mind is that Newfypoos require regular grooming because of their thick, curly fur. 


Tamsin De La Harpe


Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions.

Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

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