The Newfypoo is a large, powerful cross between the sweet-natured Newfoundland and the elegant Poodle. Its muscular body is covered with dense fur while its sagging lips and jaws make it drool. This hardworking dog is suited to work on both land and water and is known to be proficient in a variety of tasks such as watching, guarding, weight pulling, tricks, and obedience.
The Newfypoos are known to have a kind, friendly, even-tempered, docile, and loveable personality. Their playfulness and amiable nature along with their desire to please their family make them an ideal companion for kids as well as adults. These sociable dogs also mingle well with the other pets in the house.
Being vigilant and protective of their family, they make for great watchdogs. Their massive stature along with an imposing personality also helps in deterring intruders.
Even though your Newfypoo dog is not a long-distance runner, it will need daily walks, hikes, and a fair amount of playing time to remain physically and mentally fit. Like its Newfoundland parent, the Newfoundland Poodle mix dog was bred to work and has a love for swimming. Apart from normal play in a fenced yard, make sure that your Newfypoo puppy gets the chance to swim and work its muscles. Many owners prefer to seek help from professional groomers since grooming a Newfypoo could be a daunting task. Nevertheless, you need to brush its fluffy coat twice or thrice a week. Expect dirt, mud, burrs, and leaves stuck in its coat, which makes bathing necessary in every month or so. Make sure you brush its teeth regularly and keep its nails well trimmed. A Newfypoo is prone to health conditions including eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy and cherry eye, heart problems such as subvalvular aortic stenosis, issues with bones including patellar luxation, hip and elbow dysplasia, as well as thyroid gland disorders.
Leash training: It is necessary as it may be difficult to have control over your full-grown Newfypoo while walking which will weigh over 100lbs. Do not allow pulling on the leash or sudden pauses on a walk. Maintaining a swift pace while walking will keep your dog from stopping every few feet if it is on the trot.
Crate training: Teach your Newfypoo dog to enter the kennel on command. Start by saying a small word such as “Kennel” and place your pet in the crate. Leave some treats before locking the crate. Wait a few minutes before you release it and make sure that you praise your pet.
Tricks: Because of its smartness, teaching your Newfypoo to do a “high five” is fairly easy. Begin by ordering your pet to sit and reward it with some treats. Then, hold a tempting treat in a position slightly out of its reach. Say “high five” several times while tapping one of its feet. As it raises its foot, catch the treat with your other hand and shortly after making contact, give it the treat with lots of praises. Repeating the steps will teach your pet to raise its foot automatically on command.
An adult Newfypoo dog, being a heavy eater, will eat 4.5-6 cups of dry dog food on a regular basis.
Newfypoos’ strength and high lung capacity make it well suited to dog water sports.