How Much Does a Newfoundland Dog Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

Originally bred in the dominion of Newfoundland, these dogs, known as a Newfie, are known for their gigantic size and calm demeanor.  Known to weigh up to more than 150 pounds, a common Newfoundland dog can measure as long as 30 inches high, making them known as a very calm giant dog.

The cost of a Newfoundland dog is going to depend on the breeder, the size of the dog, its age, quality, heritage and what’s included in the initial adoption fee.

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How much do Newfoundland puppies cost?

On average, Newfoundland puppies that are younger than six months can sell anywhere from $725 to as much as $1,900; however, it is not uncommon to find an AKC purebred dog for more than $2,000.

According to NextDayPets.com, more than 100 breeders have this particular breed with prices that range anywhere from $725 to $1,500.

Bob Mackreth says the average Newfoundland dog can cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 from a decent breeder.

A few members on Reddit.com claimed they paid anywhere from $650 to as much as $2,000 for their dog.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include a health certificate and a guarantee that will protect your investment for up to 90 days.  Also, the breeder should include,  up-to-date vaccinations, a travel crate if shipped and a health exam from a reputable vet.

What are the extra costs?

Due to the size of this dog, these dogs can eat two to three times more than the average dog.  Owners of this dog claim that it can cost more than $1,000 a year to keep this dog healthy just with dog food.  Don’t forget other recurring expenses with any dogs such as vaccinations, heartworm medication, flea repellant, food, accessories and routine/surprise vet visits.

Grooming is highly required for this particular breed, and it is ideal to set aside $75 to $150 per month for professional grooming services.

Purchasing a dog out of state can incur additional travel expenses.  Shipping a dog through an airline can cost $150 to $300 or more.

Puppy training, as with any other breed, is highly encouraged.  Obedience classes, depending on who you choose, can start at $85 per class and go up from there.

Tips to know:

As for its temperament, its known to be gentle, affectionate, devoted and very protective of its family.  Like most dogs, it will slobber and create quite the mess when drinking.   While its size can look intimidating, its deep bark may scare off would-be strangers, but most of the time, they are a little too friendly around those they do not know.

Its coat is known to be dense, greasy and will be medium length in size.  Commonly colors can either black or a mix of black and white.

The average lifespan is anywhere from 10 to 12 years.

Females will be about 100 to 130 pounds, while males will weigh slightly more, capping out at about 150 to 160 pounds.

A common nickname that is heard for this breed is “gentle giant.”

While the dog tends to shed heavily, it’s best that it’s brushed at least once to twice a week.  If possible, a professional grooming each and every month won’t hurt either.

If fencing in your yard, be sure to have a fence length that is at least six feet tall.

These dogs need exercise, but it can be lazy at times.  It may be best to encourage them to play from time to time and take them for a walk at least once a day.

Puppies are known to chew things.  BobMackreth.com, the website we mentioned earlier, said be prepared to see pillows, books, boots and just about anything else the puppy can get their teeth on chewed to pieces.  But as time goes on, and the dog is trained properly, this chewing habit should subside.

This breed is highly susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia and SAS, a heart valve defect.   They can also suffer from lip fold infections, eyelid disorders and arthritis.

Since this is considered to be a giant dog, certified health tests are highly recommended by breeders.

Newfoundland dogs won’t be able to handle the heat well, so it’s best to keep them in a cooler climate.

Common mixes found on the market can include the Newfoundland Chow, Newfoundland German Shepard, Newfoundland Malamute, Newfoundland Golden Retriever and Newfoundland Lab.

How can I save money?

Check out a local rescue group or adoption agency to see if they have older dogs available for adoption.  This is a great way to offer an older dog a home for a lot less than purchasing from a private breeder.  Most rescue groups, if you were to find a dog, would only cost about $150 for a placement fee.


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    my dog is loveable and she loves kids she the best thing me and my family could ever have.

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