We know it seems madness almost to consider the cons of owning any dog, let alone a Newfypoo, but when making any decision or purchase, you need to ensure that it’s the right one for you.
After all, the last thing you want to do is select your dog, bring it to its forever home and find out you are in over your head or unable to provide your dog with all the love and attention it deserves. We all want what’s best for dogs, and here at Our Cavapoo, we take it very seriously!
You need a dog that suits your lifestyle, and likewise, a dog needs a home that is a safe space for them to grow and be themselves! So today, we are here to find out if owning a Newfypoo is for you! We have all the pros and cons listed to help make your decision today.
Keep reading to find out if a Newfypoo is a dog for you!
What is a Newfypoo?
For those who have wandered here clueless, or just need a little refresh, let’s have a quick recap of what a Newfypoo is! A Newfypoo is a cross between Newfoundland and a Poodle. We know there’s one heck of a size difference there, isn’t there? But these dogs have been mixed to give you the Newfypoo, a large, curly bundle of love and joy!
Mixed with the breeds is the Newfoundland’s large size, it’s good-natured quality, and the intelligence and multi-talents of a Poodle. The result? You have a fuzzy, cuddly friend that works well as a hunting companion, therapy dog, or even performer!
And not that looks matter; we are yet to come across a Newfypoo that isn’t stunning! These large dogs are beautiful, and trust us, after a quick Google, you too will be in love! But are they the dogs for you? That’s what we are here to find out, so let’s get into it!
Pros of owning a Newfypoo
Let’s start with the positives, shall we? Aside from the obvious pro that a Newfypoo is a dog and any dog is a plus, there are tons of pros that make these dogs the perfect choice as your new companion. We will be going into plenty of detail to help you decide, too, so don’t worry, you are in safe hands.
Newfypoos are the perfect addition to your family! These dogs are incredibly social and love being a part of a family or pack. They tend to fit in well with their owners and enjoy the socializing that comes with being part of a big family.
That said, they work just as well with small families too or those who live alone. You won’t need to worry about your dog’s behavior if your family changes or grows; they are just happy to be around people. These social dogs will enjoy anyone’s company, especially if they give them belly rubs and lots of fussing!
Fantastic with children
As we just said, Newfypoos work well with families or large groups of people. They also are excellent dogs for those with children! These happy and playful dogs enjoy being around children, especially if they are part of an active family.
If you have a rescue dog or a Newfypoo with any anxieties, it’s best to introduce them to children gradually. You don’t want to overwhelm your dog or leave anyone with an unpleasant experience so take it slow! You should be able to tell from your dog’s behavior if a situation is too much for them, allowing you to adjust where necessary.
Newfypoos have a quiet temperament, too, that makes them wonderful additions to your family with children! It can mean that initially, Newfypoo puppies can be quite shy, but they will love your family! The quiet temperament makes them an excellent addition to any home. They just want to love your family and be loved.
Fantastic watch dogs
Another excellent reason to have a Newfypoo is that they make excellent watchdogs! It’s part of their instincts to protect, and Newfypoos take this very seriously! You can expect your Newfypoo to protect you and your property exceptionally well!
While that might mean they spend some time barking at delivery drivers or mailpeople, you can rest easy knowing that you and your family are safe while you sleep.
Eager to please
As a general rule, Newfypoos love to please their owners. These loyal dogs are keen to please and shower their owners with love and affection. There are some exceptions to this, of course, and you will find that if you rescue a Nefwypoo, you might need to re-socialize them and gradually introduce them to people.
As puppies, these dogs can be shy and will need lots of socialization to ensure they don’t develop any social anxieties as they grow. Lots of specialization with positive praise will do wonders and ensure your dog develops well. As your Newfypoo is so eager to please, you can expect this to be an easy task!
On the whole, these friendly dogs will enjoy playtime and positive praise from their owners. They enjoy being incredibly active, so they are the perfect additions to active families or couples. You’ll find your dog will want to be near you and see you happy, which just makes us love these dogs even more!
Easy to train
Both the Newfoundland and Poodle are incredibly intelligent dogs, and we don’t lose this intelligence when the dogs are mixed. Their intelligence and eagerness to please make these dogs incredibly easy to train.
You might run into some difficulties if you have a rescue dog with any anxieties or issues, but on the whole, you can expect a smooth training process. To train a Newfypoo, you will need lots of positive praise and some small treats to motivate them.
These family-friendly dogs can be trained with your children if need be! These dogs love children and respond well to them in most situations. Most owners state that their Newfypoos were easy to train, especially when it came to ‘sit’ and recall off the lead.
Cons of owning a Newfypoo
We know it seems wrong to be listing the cons of a dog, but we need to consider all sides in the interest of a fair argument. And the reality is, a Newfypoo won’t be for everyone, and it’s better to find out now than after when you are sharing your house with one, isn’t it?
Let’s look at some of the reasons why a Newfypoo might not be the best choice for you.
As we mentioned earlier, Newfypoos are incredibly social dogs. They want to be involved in everything, making them fantastic dogs for an active family. The downside is that these dogs can suffer from separation anxiety. They do not enjoy being left on their own for any period of time.
If possible, you should take your dog with you when you leave the house. There are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants and cafes you can attend! Given the quiet and friendly nature, you are unlikely to encounter any issues when taking your dogs out.
Having a dog that doesn’t like being alone doesn’t suit everyone’s lifestyles, and you should consider this carefully before deciding whether to get a Newfypoo or not.
To find out more about how to cope with a dog who struggles with separation anxiety, read our blog on how to train your Cavapoo to be left alone as the same principles apply.
They take a while to groom
Yes, they might have lovely thick curly locks, but Newfypoos take ages to groom! And we mean ages!
These dogs weigh roughly 100 pounds and can get up to 28-inches tall, meaning there is a lot of fur that needs to be groomed! Their fur needs to be regularly maintained too, to avoid matting, which can be uncomfortable for Newfypoos.
Not only will you need to set aside ample time to groom these dogs regularly, but you can also expect higher groomer bills compared to smaller dogs.
It’s going to take any groomer longer to groom a Newfypoo than, say, a teacup Yorkie, meaning they are likely to charge more. It’s worth considering the time of grooming and the cost of a professional groomer when deciding whether you should own a Newfypoo or not.
The Newfoundland aspect of a Newfypoo is a natural hunter, meaning at some point, those hunting instincts are going to kick in! While that means you probably won’t need to worry about evicting spiders in the colder months, it can make these dogs hard to contain.
Once those natural instincts kick in, there is very little you can do, and often you find yourself struggling to keep your dog under control. Even the best-trained dogs will have natural instincts hard to train out, but you mustn’t let that put you off.
You can get around this with lots of training when your Newfypoo is small, but it’s worth being aware that these hunting instincts can be problematic for some owners. Lots of toys and positive praise provide fantastic distractions and keep your Newfypoo busy!
They need a lot of space!
As we have mentioned, these are large dogs. And if there’s one thing large dogs need, it’s space. And Newfypoo is no exception! These dogs are huge and will need lots of room, not just to play and run but also to be comfortable!
As we mentioned earlier, these dogs can grow up to 28-inches tall and weigh roughly 100 pounds, giving you a lot of dog to find space for.
Not only will they need space to run and play, but space for their bed/crate and all the toys you will no doubt end up buying! It’s worth assessing your current property and space to see whether you have room for this large dog.
It’s their large size that means they aren’t suited to apartments or small houses. Ideally, you want a large house with spacious rooms and ample garden space for your Newfypoo to be happy and thrive.
Some Newfypoos are kept in smaller properties and are happy, but we think these dogs are better suited to homes where they have the space to roam. Consider your home and the space you have carefully before making your final decision about owning a Newfypoo.
And just like that, we have come to the end of our Newfypoo journey together. Don’t look so sad, it was fun at the time, wasn’t it? As you can see, Newfypoos are fantastic dogs that strive to bring happiness and love to your homes.
While these large dogs do take up a lot of space and need a lot of grooming and attention, these loyal and lovable dogs are sure to be a welcome addition to your home!
Providing you have ample space for these dogs to grow and run, we say go for it! Grab yourself a Newfypoo today!