Few breeds are as renowned as the Newfoundland and the Poodle regarding their spectacular swimming and hunting capabilities. Imagine the possibilities when the two are crossed!
The adorably named Newfypoo is the offspring of a Newfoundland and Poodle cross. These dogs are intelligent, loving, and friendly to all. Make no mistake, though, these giants can be courageous defenders of the family when the need arises.
Keep reading to learn more about this designer dog breed, its parent breeds, and the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Newfoundland, Newfypoo, and Poodle Comparison Table
|Height||26-28 inches||20-28 inches||Over 15 inches|
|Weight||100-150 pounds||70-150 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||9-10 years||8-12 years||10-18 years|
Black and tan
White and black
|Coat Type||Double coat with medium length||Curly with medium length||Curly with long length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Average shedding||No shedding||No shedding|
|Trainability||Average trainability||Pretty easy to train||Very easy to train|
|Exercise||Average exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Very open to strangers||Very open to strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Very good with other dogs||Pretty good with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Lots of drooling||Average drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Pretty high mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Barks only to alert||Less barking||More barking|
Sometimes described as small bears, Newfoundlands are unique among giant dog breeds. This is because of their webbed feet that can be observed even at a young age.
This makes Newfoundlands exceptional swimmers and explains why they were prized shipboard dogs for Canadian fishermen.
Their work doesn’t just stop at water rescues, though, the breed has been known for its contribution to history and humankind throughout history.
It was a Newfoundland called Seaman that saved the lives during Lewis and Clark’s 8,000-mile expedition across the North American wilds by running off a buffalo that had strayed from the herd.
Although the breed’s popularity has been steadily declining over the years (according to the American Kennel Club’s [AKC] surveys), Newfoundland’s history shall be forever immortalized through monuments and popular attractions.
One example lies at Newstead Abbey, where one specimen is entombed in a grave larger than its owner, the famous poet Lord Byron.
Poodles have been used for centuries as rifling and waterfowl-retrieving dogs. Originally bred in Germany, the breed’s popularity has only exploded across the globe, especially in recent years.
The main feature that attracts many people is the hypoallergenic nature of the breed’s coat. Still, the Poodle is highly adaptable, intelligent, and compact enough to be suitable for all intents and purposes.
Although the breed is perhaps best known as a “prissy” show dog, Poodles are full of energy and gracefully athletic. Not only that, but they are one of the few dog breeds whose coats will naturally become corded if left to their own devices.
The dreadlocks-like appearance appeals to some people, but a coat in this state has a unique set of problems that cannot be solved by conventional means, meaning it requires extra care to ensure the health and happiness of a corded Poodle.
One of the biggest issues with letting a Poodle coat become corded is that it takes a very long time to thoroughly dry, which can lead to mold and other pests taking residence within the hair.
This renders their waterfowl-retrieving nature almost entirely moot because of the dangers to their health should they get wet in the process.
The Newfypoo is a large (or even giant) dog with an even larger love for life. The mixed breed is relatively laid-back compared to its Poodle parent thanks to the Newfoundland’s genetics but finds other ways to take after their hypoallergenic parent.
Will My Newfypoo Have Webbed Feet?
It’s unclear if the average Newfypoo will have the webbed feet that make the Newfoundland such a strong swimmer. It largely depends on which of the two parents the Newfypoo takes after most, so it can vary on a case-by-case basis.
That being said, it should be easy to identify if your Newfypoo has webbed feet or not from a quick examination.
Even if your Newfypoo doesn’t have webbed feet, it is likely to have a high affinity for water-based activities and still be a strong swimmer, thanks to innate instincts.
How Much Does A Newfypoo Drool?
The table above states that the Newfypoo will have an average amount of drooling but, as with all mixed breeds, it can change depending on which parent your dog takes after more.
If your Newfypoo has more of a Poodle-like muzzle, it may not drool as much as another Newfypoo with oversized chops or “flews” of a Newfoundland.
How Big Will My Mature Newfypoo Be?
The values listed in the table can give you a general idea of how big your Newfypoo will be when it is full-grown, but it assumes the parent Newfoundland is averagely sized and the Poodle is a Standard Poodle.
In reality, your Newfypoo could be smaller than the indicated range if the Poodle parent happens to be a Miniature or Toy-sized Poodle. This isn’t typically the case, but it is possible. Your Newypoo could also be a fair bit taller and heavier if the Newfoundland parent is on the larger side.
Are Newfypoos Good Family Dogs?
Yes. Even though it is a relatively new mixed breed, the Newfoundland’s patient and gentle nature shine through the vast majority of Newfypoo temperaments.
Even though it will try its best to do no harm, small children should still be supervised with a grown Newfypoo so that no accidents happen because of the dog’s large size.
The hybrid dog breed is also quite social and loving, so they do well with lots of attention from multiple family members. They should get along swimmingly with other dogs and pets with proper socialization.
Are Newfypoos Hypoallergenic?
Unfortunately, there is not yet a single dog breed that is completely allergen-free. It depends on whether or not the dog inherits the low allergen coat of its Poodle parent.
Chances are that the Newfypoo will have a dense, wavy coat that sheds very little, if at all. This means you can expect less hair and dander, but allergens that come from drool may still be present.
The Newfypoo is a loyal, intelligent dog that values and protects its family from external threats. Very few things bring a Newfypoo as much joy as spending some quality time with its owners or a good swim now and then.
While they are affectionate, receptive to training, and good family dogs, Newfypoos may still be a little too much to handle for the first-time dog owner.