Are Newfypoo Hypoallergenic?

helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on September 28, 2020

Newfypoo are a cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle.

By combining these two dog breeds, there’s a good chance that you’ll have a relatively big hybrid breed that will be friendly and playful.

The Newfypoo can vary in appearance depending on whether they take after their Newfoundland or Poodle parent.

You may have researched the Newfypoo in search of a hypoallergenic dog given this designer dog is usually low shedding.

Having said that, the American Kennel Club write that there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic in spite of claims that breeders make.

There’s no guarantees that a Newfypoo will inherit certain desired traits from the Newfoundland and the Poodle parent.

In this article, we’ll take a look at whether the Newfypoo are hypoallergenic, whether they shed and the grooming requirements for the cross breed.

Editor's note: The content on this website is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as veterinary, medical or professional advice. There's no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog in spite of claims that breeders might make. It’s always best to speak with your vet or your doctor before deciding to get a dog if you suspect you may have allergies to pets.

What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?

The word hypoallergenic was first coined by the cosmetic industry in the 1950s to denote a product that was less likely to trigger a person’s allergies.

Cosmetic companies would describe a product as hypoallergenic to underline that it was less likely to cause an allergic reaction but there was no absolute guarantee that a flare up wouldn’t occur.

In order to get a clear understanding of hypoallergenic, let’s take a look at the WebMD definition of the word on their website.

If you see “hypoallergenic” on makeup or a skin care label, it means that that maker claims its product causes fewer allergic reactions than other ones. That doesn’t necessarily mean it is allergy-proof or gentler for your skin. The U.S. government doesn’t have standards that products must meet in order to put “hypoallergenic” on the label.

While hypoallergenic was used alongside beauty and cosmetic products, you’ll often see various dog breeds such as Poodle described as hypoallergenic.

What Are Hypoallergenic Dogs?

There’s been a surge of interest in hypoallergenic dog breeds in the 21st century. Some dog lovers desperate to get a canine companion in spite of allergies to pets will keenly research hypoallergenic dog breeds. Alternatively, some dog owners may prefer the convienence of owning a low-shedding dog that won’t leave balls of fur around your home.

Although breeders will often claim that their dog is 100% hypoallergenic, it’s important to be wary of such bullish claims. The American Kennel Club write that there’s no such thing as a 100%, completely hypoallergenic dogs.

Having said that, the respected organisation add that there are some breeds which are more hypoallergenic than other dogs or have hypoallergenic qualities. Here’s what the AKC write on their website:

While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. These dogs have a predictable, non-shedding coat which produces less dander.

The AKC name a number of dog breeds that they consider to be hypoallergenic to a relatively high degree. The Poodle is one of the breeds listed.

Given there are nearly 90 million dog owners in the USA but three in every 10 people have an allergy to pets, we can assume that there are some dog lovers with dog allergies who have managed to find a hypoallergenic pet.

Let’s take a look at what causes allergies to dogs.

What Causes An Allergy To Dogs?

There are number of different factors to consider when looking at why some people are allergic to dogs. Usually pet hair tends to be the biggest culprit where dog allergies are concerned.

However, don’t rush out and buy a hypoallergenic breed without first doing your research. After all, there are other potential triggers that can cause a flare up and make life uncomfortable.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America write on their website:

People with dog allergies may be more sensitive to some breeds of dogs than others. Some people may be allergic to all dogs. People may think certain breeds of dogs are “hypoallergenic,” but a truly non-allergic dog or cat does not exist.

While you may think pet hair is the number one culprit where dog allergies are concerned, you may be surprised to learn that pet dander is usually the number one trigger.

If you haven’t heard of pet dander before this article, here’s how the American Lung Association define pet dander on their website.

Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers.

Some breeds like the Mexican Hairless Dog produce little dander that can be simply cleaned off their skin. Poodles are also known for producing minimal dander and the little dander secreted is retained within the tight curls of their coat.

While pet dander and hair are usually the biggest factors to consider, there are other considerations such as salvia and urine as well as outside influences such as pollen brought in on your dog’s coat.

What Are The Symptoms?

This article doesn’t constitute medical or professional advice. We recommend dog lovers with potential allergies to speak to their doctor to learn more about causes and symptoms.

Having said, we researched Mayo Clinic to see what the respected medical website listed as the potential symptoms of pet allergies.

• Sneezing
• Runny nose
• Itchy, red or watery eyes
• Nasal congestion
• Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
• Postnasal drip
• Cough
• Facial pressure and pain
• Frequent awakening
• Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
• In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose

Are Newfypoos Hypoallergenic?

Alfie the Newfypoo (Photo: @alfie.the.newfypoo / Instagram)

Alfie the Newfypoo (Photo: @alfie.the.newfypoo / Instagram)

The Newfypoo are considered a mixed breed that can have hypoallergenic qualities. They’re a cross between a Poodle and a Newfoundland. The Poodle is usually branded as a hypoallergenic breed that doesn’t shed much. The Newfoundland is a moderate shedder. So there’s still a chance you could end up with a Newfypoo that sheds to varying degrees.

Alfie the Newfypoo provided us with an insight into whether the designer breed is hypoallergenic.

Newfypoos can be hypoallergenic as many of them don’t shed, but it does depend upon how much Poodle content them have. Alfie is shedding at the moment, we believe because he is losing his puppy coat, although hasn’t until recently.

Do Newfypoos Shed A Lot?

Newfypoo are usually dogs that don’t shed a lot but there are no guarantees that your designer dog won’t shed a little hair. Most Newfypoo owners that we spoke to believe there dogs are low shedders. However, if some Newfypoo take after their Newfoundland parent with regards to their dog hair and shedding patterns, they could shed a moderate amount. Your Newfypoo could also shed their puppy coat before developing a low-shedding adult coat.

Here’s what Tricia had to say about her experience with her Newfypoo, Dolly.

I’m not sure, Dolly doesn’t malt really but as I mentioned she does get brushed a lot. At around 7-9 months we would find lots of fur tumble weed rolling about the house, I think this was her shedding her puppy coat.

Newfypoo Care And Grooming

Even if you have a Newfypoo that doesn’t shed a lot if at all, you’ll have to commit to a regular grooming schedule. The Newfoundand Poodle cross will require brushing at least three or four times a week to maintain the health and quality of their coat.

Some Newfypoo will require a haircut every two or three months. This may require a trip to a professional groomer if Newfypoo owners don’t feel comfortable doing the job themselves.

Tricia gave us an insight into her grooming schedule with Dolly.

They do need regular grooming, I brush Dolly everyday, it takes about 5-10 minutes but even then they can still get matts. Before lockdown I got Dolly professionally groomed about ever 6-8 weeks. She was due to be cut just as lockdown kicked off. As much as I tried to keep on top of it I lost the battle in the end. I was so relieved when I got her booked in to be cut. I was paying £70 in a major pet store but now I have found a local lady who is amazing and only charges £45. I don’t think they require any more care than other long haired breeds though.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Poodle with some raw dog food (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Poodle with some raw dog food (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The American Kennel Club and the British Kennel Club offer a number of different breeds that have hypoallergenic qualities.

The AKC list 19 different varieties of dogs on their website.

• Affenpinchser
• Afghan Hound
• American Hairless Terrier
• Barbet
• Bedlington Terrier
• Bichon Frise
• Bolognese
• Chinese Crested
• Coton de Tulear
• Giant Schnauzer
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Kerry Blue Terrier
• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Maltese
• Peruvian Inca Orchid
• Poodle
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
• Schnauzer
• Xoloitzcuintli

The Kennel Club list 31 hypoallergenic dog breeds:

• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Spanish Water Dog
• Bouvier des Flandres
• Giant Schnauzer
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Russian Black Terrier
• Hungarian Puli
• Komondor
• Bichon Frise
• Bolognese
• Chinese Crested
• Coton de Tulear
• Havanese
• Maltese
• Yorkshire Terrier
• Lhasa Apso
• Intermediate Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Mexican Hairless
• Standard Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Schnauzer
• Standard Poodle
• Toy Poodle
• Miniature Poodle
• Shih Tzu
• Tibetan Terrier
• Bedlington Terrier
• Dandie Dinmont Terrier
• Glen of Imaal Terrier
• Sealyham Terrier
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Anything Else To Consider?

If you suspect you may suffer from allergies to dogs, you should contact your doctor and speak to a vet before you decide to adopt a puppy, even if they’re a so-called hypoallergenic breed.

It’s a good idea to also speak to current Newfypoo owners to learn more about the quirks of the cross breed.

In Conclusion

Dolly the Newfypoo (Photo: @dolly_the_newfypoo / Instagram)

Dolly the Newfypoo (Photo: @dolly_the_newfypoo / Instagram)

We’ve reached the end of our article on Newfypoo and whether they’re hypoallergenic.

There’s a relatively good chance a Newfypoo will be hypoallergenic, especially if they take after their Poodle parent.

However, there are no guarantees that a Newfypoo will be highly hypoallergenic, so be wary of claims made by breeders.

While your Newfypoo is unlikely to shed a lot, they will require regular grooming and trips to a professional groomer.