Owning a Newfypoo pros and cons
There are cons and pros associated with owning a Newfypoo dog (Newfoundland and Poodle Mix) that potential owners need to be aware of before making the final decision. Newfypoos were developed by crossing a Standard Poodle with a Newfoundland dog. Poodles are known for their low shedding coat that produces less allergens than many other dog breeds. In addition, Poodles are very smart and easily trainable. All of these positive qualities make Poodle Mixes very popular among pet owners. People who like Newfoundland dogs but want a dog that doesn't shed as much may be curious to learn about a Newfypoo dog since this hybrid combines many good qualities from both breeds - the Poodle and Newfoundland.
If you are thinking about getting a Newfypoo puppy, consider your living situation. Although Newfoundland pups are small in size and absolutely adorable, they grow into big dogs that would not be comfortable living in a small space such as a city apartment. Big dogs need big space to be comfortable and for someone who lives in a cramped city environment this dog may not be the right choice of pet. Newfypoo dogs do best in a large home where there's a large fenced yard available for the dog to enjoy during the day and get some mental and physical exercises that are important for this strong and active dog. The con to owning a Newfypoo is that a potential owner needs to be able to have a home large enough where the dog would be comfortable which may be an issue for people who live in the city.
Newfypoo dogs also require plenty of attention during the day. For people who work outside home it may be a challenge to provide the Newfoundland Poodle mix dog with the amount of exercise such as walking during the day. Keeping the dog alone at home all day long, especially a dog that is sociable and has lots of energy that needs to be spent is a recipe for dog behavior problems to start appearing. A Newfypoo dog that is missing his walks and staying bored will look for ways to stay busy and entertained during the day - that's where your new leather shoes or lovely couch or rug will come into play. Expect to find your home slightly rearranged and maybe chewed up in different places if you leave your Newfypoo all by himself (or by herself) during the day. Newfypoos need to be around their owners, staying busy mentally and physically to stay happy and to keep up the good behavior. If you work all day and want a dog that will wait for you at home during the day - Newfypoo may not be the right dog for that lifestyle.
Another challenge that Newfypoo dog owners face is the grooming requirements of this high-maintenance dog. Even though your Newfoundland and Poodle mix dog may not shed as much as a purebred Newfoundland dog, daily brushing and occasional trimming will be necessary to keep the dog's coat well cared for. Neglecting these grooming rituals will lead to a matted coat that may be more difficult to manage and the dog will also experience discomfort as the mats will eventually pull on the skin and may cause hot spots or inflamed areas where the skin is irritated. Poodle mixes often require extra work when it comes to grooming and potential owners need to be prepared for that. If you are considering learning how to groom the dog at home, you will save a small fortune because dog grooming appointments to a professional dog groomer can be expensive, which is a con to owning a dog breed that is high maintenance such as the Newfypoo.
Do Newfypoo dogs drool? Unfortunately most Newfypoo dogs produce a considerable amount of drooling that may require extra work on the owner's part which is a con to owning a Newfoundland and Poodle cross dog.
Although Newfypoo dogs are very intelligent, training a young puppy is always a time consuming process and for novice dog owners training a young and active puppy can be a challenge. It is important to start obedience training early on so that when your Newfypoo is full grown, you can have full control of the large pet. One of the cons to owning a Newfypoo dog is that not everyone can dedicate a lot of time to caring, potty training, training a puppy basic commands and socializing a young Newfypoo dog. In many ways getting a puppy is like having a new child in the family. The puppy requires a lot of your attention, especially during the first months at your home. Potential owners need to be prepared to clean up any accidents that are bound to happen and to spend a lot of time helping the new family dog learn the rules of the household and raise a well behaved and happy pet. For families with young kids at home taking on a big responsibility like getting a Newfypoo pup may be overwhelming as the child and the puppy will compete for your attention, and this is not a good situation for anyone involved. That is why for many families it makes sense to wait for kids to get to the more independent age (about 10 years old) so that adding a pet to the household will be a wonderful experience for each member of the family. Also, having a Newfypoo at home means having an adult family member present at home most of the time. Leaving this dog alone frequently is a recipe for behavior problems to start developing as the dog will look for creative ways to stay busy while you are not home.
A large Newfypoo dog produces a lot of poop every day and you as an owner will have to clean it up, which is a con. Start potty training early and train your dog to use a potty area in your yard as his toilet if you want to avoid having your whole yard used as one giant toilet for your big dog. It is very important to start potty training as soon as you bring the puppy home and have all the potty training tools you need already prepared in advance that may include treats to reward good behavior, dog poop pick up bags, trash can nearby where you can dispose of the poop and some dog wipes that may help to keep your pet clean after he or she completes the toilet business. This is something every Newfypoo owner will have to be prepared for before getting the dog.
Pros of owning a Newfypoo
Newfoundland Poodle mix dogs are intelligent dogs that respond well to training
Newfypoos shed significantly less than purebred Newfoundland dogs
Many Newfypoo dogs are protective and make good watchdogs
Newfypoos make good family dogs for active families that have lots of space for the large dog to enjoy
Cons of owning a Newfypoo
Newfypoo dogs are not suitable for living in cities or in apartments - these big dogs need a spacious fenced yard where they can exercise during the day in addition to daily walks
Newfypoo dogs are difficult to travel with due to their big size
Newfypoo dogs require frequent brushing and grooming that may be time consuming
There are some serious health conditions that may affect a Newfypoo dog
Newfypoos are not suitable for people who have limited time to spend with the dog - Newfoundland Poodle mix is not the right dog for full-time working people.
Newfypoo health problems
Newfypoos have several health conditions that they are prone to. As many dog owners know, Newfypoos tend to suffer more health conditions due to their weak joints among other problems. This is one of the reasons why Newfoundland Poodle mix dogs have a shorter lifespan compared to many other dogs.
Some of the health conditions that may affect Newfoundland and Poodle mix dog include the following
Canine hip dysplasia which is a condition that affects the dog's hip joint by developing abnormally. The dog is likely to have arthritis as the dog grows older, a condition that brings pain and discomfort to the dog as he walks. In severe cases, the condition may lead to total lameness, and in many cases, surgery is the only way out of this condition. Can you as an owner help to avoid this condition? While hip dysplasia is an inherited disorder, Newfoundland Poodle mix dog owners should not subject the young puppy to high impact exercises that may include lots of jumping in order to help the dog's bones and ligaments to properly grow. Walking and swimming are great ways to keep your Newfypoo dog in good physical shape without potentially causing damage to the dog's bones. Keeping your Newfypoo dog in healthy weight throughout the dog's life is also important because obese dogs are more likely to develop issues with their joints due to additional pressure that extra weight puts on the joints.
Bloat is another condition that can be life-threatening if not addressed immediately by the vet. It's a condition whereby gas is trapped inside the dog's stomach and cannot be passed out. It could come as a result of feeding the dog too much food all at once. How can you help your pet avoid bloat? Many veterinarians recommend using slow feeding dog plates that slow down the dog's eating process, thus minimizing the chance of developing bloat.
Signs of bloat that the owner may notice include an enlarged dogs' abdomen and that the dog is finding it difficult to settle. The quicker the dog is taken to the veterinarian the higher the survival chances.
Heart diseases such as Atrial Septal Defect, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and Aortic Stenosis are all heart diseases that are prevalent in Newfypoos. Any breeding animal should be screened so as they may not get passed on to the future generations.
Other health conditions that affect Newfoundland Poodle cross dogs include
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