Newfypoos are a large designer breed of dog that was developed by mixing a Poodle with a Newfoundland Dog. They are often described as friendly, loyal dogs that love playtime about as much as relaxing.
They have more than one name too. So when I say “Newfypoo,” I’m also referring to the dogs listed below, because these are simply other names he’s known by:
Do they shed much? There’s no official breed standard for the Newfypoo, so how much they shed really depends on the individual dog. That said, the general consensus is that Newfypoos are low-to-moderate shedders. So they tend to shed more than Poodle, but less than a Newfoundland.
Read on to learn more about the Newfypoo, how much hair they shed, and what they’re like to groom, so you know what to expect before adopting!
Newfypoos are large designer dogs, which is a term commonly used to describe a dog that is mixed between two purebred dogs. In this case, Newfypoos are crossed with the Poodle and Newfoundland Dog.
Poodles are highly intelligent, athletic dogs that come in either standard, miniature, or toy sizes. They shed very little hair and their coat is considered to be hypoallergenic (less likely to trigger allergies). However, they’re quite high maintenance when it comes to brushing and grooming.
Newfoundland Dogs are (very) large working dogs that are often described as “gentle giants” given that they have such a calm, loving nature. They have thick double coats that are ideal for the cold climate of Canada where they originated, and for their work as water rescue dogs.
They shed a lot of fur though. In fact, they’re one of the heaviest shedding breeds on the planet. Especially during seasons like spring and fall.
Many heaving shedding dogs are mixed with Poodles for this reason, because Poodles are as close to “non-shedding” as it gets. So this is an excellent way to “have your cake and eat it too” by owning the low shedding version of your favorite dog!
To give you some examples, here’s some other heavy shedders that’ve been “doodled”…
- Saint Bernard + Poodle = Saint Berdoodle
- Labrador + Poodle = Labradoodle
- Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle = Bernedoodle
Like the Newfypoo, most of these dog breeds aren’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), which means they don’t have their own official breed standard like a pure breed of dog. That doesn’t make them any less awesome, but it does make it difficult to make conclusive statements about their coat, how much they shed, and what’s needed to maintain their coat.
However, we can draw some fairly accurate conclusions about these things based on their parents and based on the general consensus. So let’s dig into how much they shed and what they’re like to groom, so that you have a better idea on what to expect.
Newfypoos are generally considered low shedding dogs.
It does depend on the individual dog though and, for the most part, whether their coat is more like that of a Poodle or a Newfoundland.
Because on the one hand, Poodles are very low shedders. While on the other, Newfoundland Dogs are one of the heaviest shedders in dogdom. So how much your Newfypoo sheds really depends on how closely their coat resembles either one of these breeds.
Safe to say, however, that most Newfypoos are going to shed more than a Poodle, but less than a Newfoundland. Either way, molting is normal among most healthy dogs. And there’s no such thing as a completely non-shedding dog since all dogs drop at least some hair from time to time.
When do they shed most?
As with most dogs, Newfypoos tend to shed more heavily during seasons like spring and fall. This is known as seasonal shedding and the reason they do this is simply because they are adapting their coat to the changing seasons. For example, most dogs will shed their thicker winter coat in spring or early summer as this is not needed during the warmer months.
Are Newfypoos hypoallergenic?
The term “hypoallergenic” is thrown around fairly loosely in dogdom, but the truth is there are no fully hypoallergenic dogs. It’s just that some dogs are less likely to cause problems for people with pet allergies than others, which is typically those with coats that produce less dander and that shed less.
Learn more: What is a Hypoallergenic Dog?
In any case, just how suitable a Newfypoo is for someone with allergies is going to be a bit hit and miss. Put simply, some Newfiedoos are going to be more hypoallergenic than others. It really depends on the individual dog and how sensitive the person is to dog allergies.
So if you’re wanting the lowest possible shedding, non-allergenic dog, it probably makes more sense to go with a purebred Poodle or something like a Bichon Frise for example. But if you’re not concerned about dog allergies, or seeing a little bit of hair around the home, then the Newfypoo may be for you.
How do you stop the shedding?
Most dogs shed, and it’s perfectly natural for them to do so. They are simply replacing the old, dead hairs with new ones. So you can’t stop your dog from shedding completely, but you can reduce excessive shedding and learn how to manage it effectively.
If you’re noticing lots of shedding with your Newfypoo, the first thing to consider is how healthy he is. Because sometimes excessive shedding can be caused by stress or health issues arising from things like fleas, poor diet, allergies, hormonal imbalances… the list goes on. So if you’re concerned about the shedding, it may be worth contacting a qualified veterinarian.
The next thing to look at is his diet. There is no special dog food that can eliminate molting, but it may be worth speaking with your vet to select the best, highest quality dog food for your Newfypoo. Because this can help improve the condition of his coat, and can ultimately impact how much he sheds.
Once you have these things dialed in, managing the shedding mostly comes down to proper grooming. So in the next section, we’ll discuss this further.
Grooming Your Newfypoo
Newfypoos are fairly high maintenance with respect to grooming.
Most Newfypoos have long, thick, curly double coats that usually come in brown, red, gray, or black. A double coat simply means they have two layers of fur – an outer coat and an undercoat. And together, this coat helps protect them from cold and hot weather, and it’s fairly weather-resistant too, so it helps keep them dry.
That said, Newfypoos do take more after Poodles in that their coat isn’t the easiest to maintain. So you’ll need to brush him daily to maintain his coat and manage the shedding.
Brushing is one of the best ways to remove the bulk of the dead hairs before they drop off of his coat, and it also helps to massage his skin and promote a healthier, stronger coat. So it’s well worth factoring this into your daily routine.
How do you brush a Newfypoo?
It’s generally best to start by checking over the coat to find any mats and tangles, and gently removing these with your fingers and with the aid of a metal dog grooming comb. This is important because, given the length and texture of the coat, matting is common. And mats don’t just look unsightly, they can also become quite painful for the dog if left unchecked.
In any case, once you’ve removed any mats, thoroughly brush the coat with a slicker brush. Which is just a dog brush made up of fine wire bristles with rubber or plastic tips on the end.
Some also like to use an undercoat rake or deshedding tool, especially during shedding season, as these are designed to reach right down to the undercoat and remove as much of the dead fur as possible. But it’s up to you as to whether or not you feel this is worthwhile for your dog.
What about trimming or clipping?
Unless your vet specifically recommends doing so, it’s never a good idea to shave a double-coated dog down to the skin, because their undercoat protects them from cold and hot weather, along with things like sunburn. But many people do have them trimmed throughout the year to neaten up areas of the coat that are growing out of control, and some have them clipped to make brushing easier. Because shorter hair is often easier to maintain.
Bathing is another aspect of grooming that can not only help maintain his coat, but that removes a lot of the old fur. Generally speaking, bathing once every month or two should be enough, any more than this and you risk drying out his coat. It’s also worth using a good quality dog shampoo that doesn’t strip his coat of its natural oils too, because dry, irritated skin can cause higher than normal levels of shedding.
Aside from brushing and bathing, grooming mostly amounts to the simple things like regular nail trimming and cleaning his ears and teeth.
Newfypoos are a unique and beautiful breed of dog.
They have the size, strength and loyal nature of a Newfoundland, and the intelligence, athleticism and low shedding coat of a Poodle. So it’s hard not to love this dog!
It’s hard to say for sure how much each Newfypoo will molt though, or what sort of effort is needed to maintain their coat, because there’s no official breed standard. Generally speaking though, Newfypoos are low shedders with a fairly high maintenance coat.
So they’re ideal for people who want a lower shedding version of the Newfoundland. But if all you really want is a low molting, brush-and-go dog, there are more suitable alternatives.
Either way, I hope you found this helpful!