Golden Retriever-Newfoundland Mix Traits & Facts

Both Golden Retrievers and Newfoundlands are known for their sweet disposition and affinity for all types of people. This mix is not uncommon. This breed is a working dog that can pull heavy loads or swim through water.

Given the intelligence and obedience of both parent breeds, the Golden Retriever-Newfoundland Mix takes to training quickly. This gentle giant is a good candidate for positive reinforcement and socialization. The crossbreed needs to be active and gets exercise every day. You might consider long walks, weight pulling, and swimming. This breed is happy and healthy even though it loves being indoors.

Considering both parent breeds are large dogs, inexperienced handlers can run into problems with the Newfoundland weighing as much as 150 pounds. No matter how strong you are, a Golden Retriever-Newfoundland that wants to drag you absolutely can. A trained handler is essential who starts obedience and leash training at a young age.

All in all, this dog is a wonderful mix of two breeds that make it a great companion for the whole family.

Golden Retriever-Newfoundland Mix

Breed History

It is almost impossible to trace any hybrid breed. It is important to examine the origins of any Newfie-Golden breed to learn more about their history.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever’s history begins with Scotland’s Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks in the 1800s. So much is known about this breed today because of how meticulous Marjoribanks was about documenting his breeding dogs.

Marjoribanks grew up in the upper classes and had a passion to breed dogs, which was once considered a hobby of the wealthy and elite.

In 1865, Marjoribanks was taking a walk with his son when he saw a dog named Nous on the street. The unusual color of Nous was gold, which was not common at the time. Black dogs were superior and were usually discarded.

Marjoribanks acquired Nous as a pet and bred him to the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel three more years later. Belle, his mate, and Nous produced a water-loving retriever that can hunt on both land and water. This first litter, born in 1868, was the first Golden Retrievers to exist.

Marjoribanks kept breeding Goldens until he died, and the last litter was in 1890. His legacy was not over, as Golden Retrievers remained one of the most loved dog breeds.

Newfoundland

This dog was bred to work well with fishers and rescue victims of drowning.

Although their lineage is not known, it is believed that they are descendants of black retrievers and the Great Pyrenees.

An English botanist named Sir Joseph Banks adopted many Newfies in the 1700s. There was even a Newfie named Seaman on the Lewis and Clark expedition. By the 1800s, Newfoundlands had become very popular in England and eventually made their way to the United States. In 1879, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed.

Temperament

While the disposition of each mixed breed is different, there are certain aspects of their personality that you can count upon. First, this breed is loyal. Goldens are great with children and have the affectionate nickname Nanny Dog. Although this crossbreed is patient with children, it is important to show them how to properly interact with their dog.

This breed is friendly and protective of its family. You may hear a low growl from these dogs when they sense that someone is around. With proper socialization, these dogs will learn to recognize when it’s time for play and be open to strangers.

This mix is not aggressive but can be dangerous if it gets too big. This mix was bred to carry heavy loads so it won’t be afraid of putting its weight around. Set boundaries early and establish proper leash etiquette so that you don’t get hurt because of the dog’s size.

These intelligent dogs respond well to positive reinforcement. However, patience is a must. Training must begin immediately, just like any other dog. As early as eight weeks old, basic commands like sit, stay and down, come, leave, or walk on leash can all be taught. Dog obedience training is a great mental exercise and should never be overlooked.

Both parent breeds were bred to swim so your Golden Newfie will likely take to swimming naturally. Introduce your dog to water slowly before he is four months old. Swimming is a good thing. Soon your dog will enjoy swimming laps in the pool. This is a low-impact, great way to exercise your Golden Newfie.

This sweet, gentle, and trustworthy dog makes a great family companion.

Size & Appearance

One thing is certain: this dog is big. Newfoundlands can get up to 150 pounds, and Golden Retrievers can weigh in at 80 pounds, so prepare for a heavy dog. Their heads are broad and large with a dark nose and brown eyes. Their eyes are expressive and slightly droopy. Their ears are large and floppy and their tails are long and feathery. The Golden Newfie’s body, which is strong and muscular, has solid forequarters with webbed paws.

Coat & Colors

Of course, the Golden Retriever-Newfoundland mix has a large and fluffy coat that comes in a wide variety of colors, from black to grey to brown or any combination of Golden Retriever and Newfoundland colors. Their feathery tail is a good duster and can clear tables. This is what you should expect from a tall dog.

Exercise Requirements & Living Requirements

These large dogs need a bigger home with a yard to run around in. Golden Retrievers have high energy levels, while Newfoundlands are moderate energy. Your dog should be at least one of these.

Your Golden Newfie must get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to stay healthy and happy, regardless of their energy level. Plan for at least 30-60 minutes of walking per day. Your dog will benefit from as many exercise options as possible. You can sign your dog up to do weight-pulling or have him carry your children around in a cart.

Unhealthy exercise can lead to destructive behavior in the home. Give your dog more exercise if you notice that he is acting out. If your dog is still acting out despite being physically stimulated, you may need to consider mental stimulation.

Working with a dog’s brain is more tiring than his body. Some great options for mental exercise include structured obedience sessions, puzzle feeders, puzzle toys, or a game of hide and seek. Mental workouts are great for dogs’ cognitive development, especially when they are young. This type of play helps dogs stay sharp even when they are older.

Training

Get started training your dog as soon as he gets home. It is important to establish a routine for any dog, no matter their age. Your dog will soon learn the rules and when certain activities are allowed.

Establish potty, walk, and feeding routines from day one. Your new dog will be able to adjust by having these activities occur at the same time every day. This is particularly important for puppies learning to use the potty and other rules of their house.

This mix is very eager to please so use lots of positive reinforcement. This can be in the form treats, toys or vocalizations, depending on the dog. No matter what reward you choose to give your dog, you should praise him immediately he does something you like. You can start slowly and work your way up.

Dogs will do whatever you ask them to, but if they move too fast, they can get lost and end up getting confused. Break down every task into simple steps. Leash training involves letting your dog sniff the leash, attaching the leash to their collar, walking around with the collar on, gently picking up the leash and then praising them. It’s time to simplify your cue if your dog doesn’t understand it.

Additionally, keep training sessions short. Training sessions should not exceed five minutes, especially with puppies. If you push your dog beyond their limits, it can lead to a frustrated owner and dog. You’ll both want more and your next training session will be even more productive.

Begin socializing your Golden Newfie right away. Socialization involves taking your dog to new environments. Your Golden Newfie will be able to adapt to different situations and become a confident dog that is comfortable in all kinds of environments.

It is best to stop bad behavior before it happens. You can do your best to prevent your dog from having phobias, accidents, or letting them chew on things you don’t like. Do not be passive.

Health

Hip Dysplasia

This skeletal condition is common in giant and large breed dogs. Your Golden Newfie is a combination of both. Hip dysplasia is a condition where the ball and socket of a dog’s hip don’t form properly. This causes them to grind together rather than working smoothly. This can be extremely painful for dogs.

Hip dysplasia tends to be congenital. This problem is less likely if you do your research before purchasing a Golden Newfie. Obesity, which Goldens are more likely to have, can also lead to joint problems such as hip dysplasia. Don’t give your dog treats, and make sure they eat a balanced diet.

Signs of this condition include difficulty walking and lameness. Hip dysplasia is diagnosed using x-rays. Treatment usually requires expensive surgery. This painful condition can be prevented by doing everything possible.

Subaortic Stenosis

This is a common congenital defect in the heart that can be found in both Golden Retrievers as well as Newfoundlands. This is caused when abnormal tissue under the aortic valve blocks the heart. The heart has to work harder than usual, and the heart starts to thicken.

Subaortic Stenosis symptoms include weakness, lethargy and fainting after exercise. Dogs with mild cases of the disease may not experience any symptoms. Diagnostics require an echocardiogram.

Depending on the severity of subaorticstenosis, medications, exercise and/or surgery may be used.

Von Willebrand Disease

This is a bleeding disorder that affects dogs. It’s caused by a lack of proteins necessary to stick platelets together. Von Willebrand Disease (VWD), although most dogs do not show any outward symptoms, may cause spontaneous bleeding in the nose or vagina. Another sign is inability to stop bleeding following invasive surgery.

Your vet can perform a test to determine if your dog has VWD.

Entropion

Dogs with entropion have their eyelids folded inwards. Because the cornea is scratched by the hair, this can be very painful for dogs. This can cause eye infections and corneal ulcers.

If your dog is squinting, or if his eyes are visible to be troubled, immediately take him to the veterinarian. You will be able to determine if your dog is suffering from entropion, or any other eye condition.

This is another hereditary condition. It is important to screen your dog’s parents. Sometimes, minor secondary surgery is required.

Nutrition

The exact nutritional needs of your Golden Newfie will depend on his parent breed, age, sex, and activity level. Below are the nutritional requirements for both Golden Retrievers (and Newfoundlands) – please use your best judgement.

Golden Retriever Diet

Golden Retrievers require a high-quality, protein-rich diet. This breed is susceptible to obesity so make sure to eat whole foods and avoid fatty treats.

Here is a basic guide to feeding your baby:

  • Two Months: 1 1/2 cups a day
  • Three Months: 2 cups a day
  • Four Months: 2 1/2 cups a day
  • Five To Six Months: 3 cups a day
  • Six To Seven Months + (male pups only): 3 1/2 to 4 cups a day (females should stay on 3 cups/day)

Feed him three times a day until your Golden turns six months.

Newfoundland Diet

Newfoundlands, just like Goldens require a high-quality diet.

Here’s a basic guide to feeding:

  • Two and a half months: 1/2 cup
  • Three and a half months: 3/4 cup
  • Five months: 1 cup
  • Seven months: 1 1/4 cups
  • Ten months: 2 cups
  • Twelve months: 2 1/4 cups

Feed him three times a day until your Newfie turns seven months.

Some Dog Food Suggestions

As mentioned previously, ensure that the food you choose is high-quality and protein-rich. Your dog’s food should not contain any artificial ingredients or fillers. These are some options:

  • The Farmer’s Dog fresh, human-grade recipes
  • American Journey Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Dry
  • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Grain-Free Dry
  • Ollie Healthy Turkey Feast Fresh Dog Food

Your Golden Newfie could be at risk of bloat if he eats too quickly. Buy a slow feeder if your dog is inhaling food. You can also exercise your pup’s mind by buying him a slow feeder.

Grooming

These coats are susceptible to matting, so daily grooming is essential. Regular nail trimming and teeth brushing are important for all dogs. Also, Golden Newfies are known for their floppy ears so it is important to check and clean the ears regularly.

Here’s a list of tools you will need:

  • Dematter
  • Comb
  • Deshedder
  • Nail clippers
  • Ear cleaner

Baths don’t need to be used very often. If your dog is looking or smelling gross, it’s time to take him to the tub. It may also be useful to take your Golden Retriever-Newfoundland Mix to a professional groomer. A professional groomer can trim your dog to reduce shedding and give him a great look. This is especially useful in hot summer months, when shedding can be rampant.

Breeders & Puppy Costs

A quick Google search does not yield any results for Golden Newfie breeders. This is normal for a specific mixed breed dog. Almost all intentionally bred Golden Newfies are not from ideal breeding conditions.

Puppy mills are known for breeding irresponsibly-bred dogs in unsanitary conditions. Dogs bred in puppy mills often have serious behavioral and physical problems that will follow them throughout their lives. This includes pets that are purchased in such conditions.

Rescues & Shelters

This is a rare rescue for Golden Newfies, as it’s a new crossbreed. It is better to look for rescues for parent breeds as they often take in mixed breeds.

Here’s a list of rescues for Golden Retrievers:

Alternately, you can also find some Newfoundland rescues here:

You can also visit the shelter to look for a hybrid. But, it is dangerous to pick a dog from the shelter at random. While this may sound great, a dog from a shelter may have severe behavioral issues and may not be able to make a good match for you. Shelters are often overwhelmed with dogs and don’t have the time or resources to properly evaluate each one.

A verified rescue organization stresses getting to know their dogs in order to place them in the right homes. It is important to provide the rescue with information about your preferences so they can match you with the right companion.

As Family Pets

Here’s what you can expect. They:

  • Love children.
  • Are protective of their family.
  • Require exercise daily.
  • Get along with other dogs or people.
  • Prefer large homes with a fenced-in yard and are not suited for apartments.
  • Need an experienced owner who can properly handle their large size.

Final Thoughts

All in all, Golden Newfies make a wonderful combination of two loving, gentle dogs. They are loyal and will do anything to please you. These dogs can get to be close to 150 pounds, so training them when they are small to manage their size is critical. These dogs are not suitable for novice dog owners.

These dogs require regular exercise and grooming as they shed a lot. Golden Newfies are good friends with all dogs, even other dogs. These dogs are extremely disoriented and make a great addition to any dog-owner’s household.

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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