We get so many people with similar questions about Newfypoo puppies that we decided to try and answer them for you right here! This page is all about your puppy! From size to personality traits to behavior. Please take a few moments to read up about your Newfypoo!
Size and Personality
Most people who want a Newfypoo, want a big and somewhat mellow dog who doesn't shed or drool. They basically want a Newfy without all the hair and slobber.
Newfypoos generally get to be somewhere between 70 and 110 pounds. Some can obviously grow larger, but this is the typical weight range. We don't see many that grow to be less than that. The smallest they would end up being would be around 65 pounds (the average size of one of our poodles). We have not seen this very often at all. The majority of our puppies either meet or exceed the average weight. We actually have a Newfypoo out there that is over 140 pounds (pictured above). However, he has litter mates that are only 60 to 80 pounds. We can't predict how much your puppy will weigh in the 8 weeks that we have them here at the Zoo. Some puppies from larger litters, start out smaller and then, once they go home, end up a completely normal size. We always like to let everyone know not to worry, they end up just fine, even if they get a slow start. We try our best to rotate puppies while mom is nursing so everyone gets to eat as much as possible, but it's just not possible to watch them 24 hours a day.
Now, if you are looking for a smaller Newfypoo, we do offer Mini's! You get everything you want in a Newfypoo, but in a smaller version! Mini's come from breeding a Newfoundland to a Mini Poodle opposed to a Standard Poodle. Mini's generally get to be somewhere between 35 and 50 pounds.
We also breed F1B Newfypoos, which is a Newfypoo bred back to a Newfoundland. F1Bs are more likely to shed and drool, but do tend to look a lot more Newfy than our Standard and Mini's. When we began to breed F1Bs, we did expect them to be a little larger than our Standards, but as of now, we are not seeing a weight difference, so they too fall in the 70 to 110 pound range. (Note: We also breed F1Bs by breeding a Newfypoo back to a Poodle which makes them completely non shedding!!)
I'd also like to add that unlike a pure bred dog, males are not necessarily the larger of the 2 genders in this breed. It all depends on which parent (or relative) each puppy takes after.
On to personalities...
Not many people contact us saying that they want a Newfypoo with a Poodle personality. Poodles are definitely known to be much more energetic. Newfys, not so much. They are kind of polar opposites on the level of energy scale :-) So what do you get for a personality when you cross these two different breeds? You get the PERFECT breed! You get a dog that wants to run and play because they are half Poodle, but then after a while, the Newfy in them kicks in and it's time to take a nap!
When it comes to your Newfypoo being around people or other animals, we always encourage it! They are a very social breed and get along well with humans of all ages as well as other animals. Got a cat? Great! Goats? Wonderful! We have Newfypoo families who have all kinds of other pets! Puppies from Newfypoo Zoo are socialized at a very young age. Because they are raised indoors, in our very own home, from birth, they are exposed to people and other dogs. From the time they outgrow their whelping box, they are running around at the Zoo and getting to know us, all of our visitors and our other dogs (and sometimes other puppies too!).
For the average person, the idea of having parasites is a pretty scary thought, but in the world of 8 week old puppies, it's really not uncommon. Similar to a toddler bringing everything home from preschool, puppies are going to pick up parasites from any number of sources i.e... from other dogs to the yard to things being tracked into the house by visitors or even their own mothers. Thankfully, the vast majority of parasites aren't serious and are easily treated. However, also like little ones in preschool, puppies pass things from one to another and back again so as long as they're in a group setting, parasites can be difficult to completely eliminate. We always recommend that new puppy parents take a stool sample with them for their puppies first vet visit. Please, understand that we do everything in our power to send home healthy puppies including but not limited to a full litter stool sample exam as well as a veterinarian health check and vaccinations, but even the great lengths that we go to arn't foolproof. It's always good to get your puppy off on the right foot once you get them home by having them checked again. If, by some chance, your vet does find a parasite, we will be happy to reimburse the cost of the medicine that your vet prescribes and we will continue to cover any parasite related costs until we are all comfortable that that issue has been resolved. Please note, the only two parasites we have ever had problems with are Coccidia and Giardia (very common for most breeders). Please inform your vet of these two parasites if your puppy has loose stool. These two parasites can be hard to find. We can not be responsible for other testing if we are not aware of it.
We here at Newfypoo Zoo have stood behind each and every puppy we have sent home since 2012. Every situation is different we guarantee we will make sure our puppies are healthy and our families are happy. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict any puppy/dogs future. We do however do our very best to send you home with a healthy, vet checked, well socialized puppy. If you have any issue with your puppy, please, please, please contact us. We cannot fix what we don't know!
The waiting list goes hand in hand with the question "Where do I start?" The waiting list is where a great many of you will start. Choosing a new fur baby for your home and family will lead many of you through a large amount of time and research and once you've made the decision about what you are looking for, you're often times willing to do whatever you need to do to get that perfect new family member... even if that means waiting for the right one.
Let me take a minute to point out to you that if you're on a cellular device, you may need to switch into "WEB" version in order to see the waiting list. You have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the mobile/web selection.
Once you can see the waiting list, don't be scared!! It's really never as bad as it looks. Keep in mind that as many as 8-12 or even, on occasion, 15 names can be removed from that list with a single litter. Those people who wait the longest are those people who have very specific ideas about what they want. It makes sense, though. Breeding (mother nature) has a mind of it's own. There's no guarantee of what we will get other than the fact that we're almost positive its going to be puppies (just a joke lol) A decisive family who knows they want a specific color, gender, size, parent or birthdate range can expect to pass on a number of puppies that just don't fit their needs.
That being said, we ask for a $200.00 deposit to put your name on the waiting list. This deposit will hold your place in line until you decide that your new puppy has finally come along, even if that means that you pass on every other puppy for two months, two years or even longer. It's a non refundable deposit. That protects not only us from being overwhelmed by people who aren't seriously searching, but also protects you and the puppies from having people who are not serious, hold us up from making connections between our puppies and forever homes. Once on the list, when your turn comes around, you will have 5 days from the birth announcement of the new litter to decide if you would like to select a puppy from that litter or pass and wait for the next. We ask for your second deposit ($400) to confirm that you will be taking a puppy from that litter. The actual picking of the individual puppies doesn't take place the open house for the litter and then the pick goes in order of the list. The balance of the cost is due either in cash at the time of pick up or one week earlier if you would like to pay via check by mail or Paypal. Then it's just another 4 weeks until your baby comes home and your waiting is over.
We feed our puppies and adults Diamond Naturals All Life Stages Dog food. Another great brand we suggest is Fromm. We often get asked how much and how often to feed a puppy. We do not do individual feeding. Once our puppies move on to puppy food, we feed them as a litter in a large dish, twice a day. Typically a puppy should be fed twice a day. 1 1/2 cups each morning (please feed more if your puppy seems hungry) and 1 1/2 cups at night. We suggest feeding a couple hours before bedtime and also putting up the water a few hours before bedtime (otherwise, water should always be available to your puppy). If you choose not to feed your puppy the same food we have him/her on, all you need to do is mix your choice brand of food with ours for at least 5 days (adding less of our food periodically) to prevent soft stool. We will send you home a sample bag of Diamond Naturals All Life Stages Dog food.
Contacts - (MOST) of Our crew
Owner - Stephanie Oliver - Please contact by phone if you have any questions/concerns. (419) 654-4534
Please contact Kim if you can not reach Stephanie - (734) 819-2708
What does my puppy come home with and need before I bring them home ..
This is a question that we get asked a lot. We know our families want to make sure they have everything they need for their puppy before they bring him or her home. We put together a small puppy pack that includes all vet records, a sample of food that should last them a few days (long enough for you to make it to the store without risking puppy starvation or to transition your puppy to your choice of food), a "mommy and me" blanket or pillow that we've rubbed on "mama" to capture her scent, and a couple of toys to get them started.
What they will need from you is a basic plan about sleeping arrangements, feeding and potty training schedules (nothing needs to be written in stone, but a regular schedule helps a new baby to adjust) and a lot of love. Everything else is a bonus. We recommend that you take your puppy with you to shop for a collar and leash if at all possible to ensure a good size, but be aware that pet stores can be one of those places puppies pick things up and 8 week old puppies are not 100% vaccinated. It's important that you don't put them down or into a cart in or near the store until they've had all three sets of vaccines and a rabies shot. We recommend a collapsible crate (the kind with a partitioning wall to adjust the interior size). Although it certainly isn't required, these are a great help if you decide to crate train and in time it becomes a safe space for them, like having their own room. If they are introduced correctly, a crate can be positive addition to your puppy's life. Like children, puppies tend to thrive when given structure and routine.
Biggest puppy VS runt in the litter .. (means nothing)
98% of our emails have this quote in it " We want the biggest, most Newfy looking puppy in the litter". We work everyday to make all puppies big and beautiful by pairing them up properly :). We have seen the runts outgrow the whole litter and we have seen the biggest puppies in the litter turn out the smallest, time and time again. Please do not pick your puppy based on size. A lot of the bigger puppies do photograph better because they are easier for me to hold.
Adoption Fees, Deposit, Pricing and Pay Pal
There is a page on this site called Pricing/Paypal that you can check out, but for those of you who just want a quick summary to give you an idea of costs, We wanted to add this section here. A full deposit is $600.00. Out of that $600, $200.00 is required to hold your place on the waiting list and then the remaining $400 is due within 5 days of a litter being born in order to confirm your pick in that litter. If you would like to pass on a litter, then of course that $400 isn't necessary to be paid. It's only when you have found your litter.
The final payment for the puppy is due at the time of pick up IF PAYING WITH CASH. We accept money order, cashiers check, personal check, PayPal or Venmo options at least one week before pick up.
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When it comes to your puppy/dogs coat, you have to go with what works best for your situation. Newfypoo coats are pretty high maintenance. They need to be brushed daily to avoid mats which can be painful. If you choose to keep your Newfypoo's coat long, we always suggest getting a rake that gets the undercoat as well as the top coat. You can find these rakes at any pet store. The one we like in particular looks like the photo above. While many, but not all Newfypoos do not shed much, when they are a puppy, you will most likely see hair from their puppy coat. This rake is great for that! If you don't have the time for brushing every day, we always suggest keeping them trimmed. Many of our families choose to keep their Newfypoo in a "puppy cut", where there is still fur and they are not shaved, but cut down low enough to be manageable. Also, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, mats can happen. If you notice a mat, you can try and brush it out, but if that's just not working, you'll want to cut it out with scissors to avoid it getting any bigger. As we mentioned above, mats can be very painful. If you have ever fallen asleep with gum in your mouth and woke up with it in your hair, you may know the feeling!
If you choose to bathe your Newfypoo at home, it can be quite a job! We like to use the sink when they are small, which is great, but it doesn't last long (unless you have a really big sink!) We get asked a lot about what we use to bathe our puppies and dogs. Honestly, our favorite product for a bath is Dawn dish soap! It works really well at getting the dirt out of their fur. Puppies are forever running and playing and sometimes don't see that big puddle in front of them or notice when there's a nice patch of mud in the grass, (or maybe like many puppies, they see it and don't care) so we're often left with a dirty little mess of fur and cuteness! Dawn cuts grease on your dishes as well as dirt on your Newfypoo! :-)
Puppy Behavior - PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN!!
Please understand in order to get a well manners, laid back Newfypoo as a family member, you MUST first get through the puppy stage (10 weeks up to 2 years) !!! It's NOT easy! Please read below as this is our biggest complaint.
Good morning, Stephanie! We had a problem with Molly biting, so much so my inner thighs were black and blue. She would go after my kids too, but it wasn't in a vicious way, just playful, but she's big so it's exacerbated. But we had great success with an e-collar. She is a great dog now that my 7 and 10 year old love!
Just wanted to pass that along. I'm sure you hate to see a family that has probably waited a long time for a puppy have to give it up.
For all those struggling with this, as many have said in the past it does stop. In our very first training class with Liberty everyone had the same complaints of their puppies biting and jumping and the trainer told us some tips that have been mentioned but said in the end we would not even remember this stage nearly as much later on. It is true, and while I still remember her nipping, having a loving, sweet dog now completely outweighs the very tough first 8 months to a year. It does take training but most importantly time and if you give them that it does get better. I know it seems like it will never end but it does. Suddenly at around a year she became a lot more mature and stopped. And as hard as puppy raising was we are doing it all over again and getting a second puppy from Stephanie because we know they turn out to be amazing dogs :)
I understand the issue with the children but not a kinder breed mix ever. The nipping will stop. I simply say no teeth when he uses his when playing and he stops. As far as nipping outside of playing... I would say that isn't anything I ever experienced. It's a puppy thing. It will stop and it's a boundary easily taught for playtime. I just stop playing with him if he is determined.
Harrison Kelner Other current or future Newdle owners - unfortunately this is something that happens with bigger intelligent dogs. They are testing boundaries and rough play is instinctual for them. I know Lyn and I would chat back and forth constantly trading tips and ideas while Burry and Wrig were babies.
Best advice I can give you is to be consistent and develop a routine. I promise it stops. It seems like it never will but Burry and Wrig both stopped after 6 months. Burry just passed his therapy dog exam and Wrig is a giant sweetheart. Burry even flies with me now!
I used to carry a knotted up wool sock in my back pocket while at home. If burry jumped or nipped at me, I'd get ahold of his collar, make him sit and then after a 3 count give him the sock to redirect his play. Punishing or disciplining dogs this smart will get you nowhere. You have to show them that the behaviors you like are better and more fun.
Keep treats in your pocket at all times. If your pup does something you like, make sure to reward them immediately and throw a damn party. If they do something you don't like, take the attention and stimulation away. Make them sit and take away eye contact, don't talk to them and use a monotone voice if you must. These dogs are so intelligent that they have to want to listen. Show them good behaviors are more fun by being excited when they happen. I literally used to sound like a crazy person.
Last thing I'd recommend is making sure they have plenty to chew on. Burry is a master chewer. If you give them healthy outlets, they'll leave your limbs off the menu! I would recommend a kong with one end plugged with peanut butter and then filled and frozen with chicken stock. I'd give that to Burry as a pup and it would entertain him for hours. Giving them a healthy acceptable alternative whenever they start displaying an undesirable behavior wins every time. If you're consistent and excited whenever they make the right choice, you'll be amazed how fast they can catch on.
Burry is now a giant fluffy teddy bear who is sweet, well mannered and (in my opinion) the best dog ever. I'm sure Lyn would say the same about Wrig.
Harrison Kelner Happy to help - there's a ton of great people connected with the Zoo, so don't be shy! I am always happy to help talk it out and give some tips. I'm sure Lyn is too.
Lyn Batia Harrison I couldn't agree more :) you nailed it!!! They are very smart dogs and will test you constantly in the first 6 to 8 months but it is so worth it. Wrigley did pass his evaluation, we have 3 classes left and he will be a therapy dog :)