Boy, if I had a dollar for every time that I was asked that question I would be a $100 richer.
The cost of a Newfoundland is something that is talked about a lot in the Newfie community but it’s not talked about in-depth, perhaps because no one really knows the answer.
Many people who are searching for a Newfoundland for the first time are often looking for a price range of what they should be paying for a puppy and not how much that puppy is going to cost them over 10-12 years.
I get it. I did the same thing.
I don’t like to give people a number when they ask how much I paid for Sherman and Leroy because I think that it can be a little misleading.
It’s not that they were too expensive or that I got a deal for the amount of money that I paid for them, it’s just that the money that I gave to the breeder for my brown fluff balls was just a start-up cost or, if you prefer, the first investment.
If you need to have a number to go off for a first-time investment I would say that on average it’s between $1,200 to $3,000 to purchase a Newfoundland from a responsible breeder these days.
Of course, there are always exceptions and that price could be higher or lower.
I’ve seen a Newfie puppy in a pet store being sold for $3,500, so make sure to keep in mind that just because the price is higher doesn’t mean you’re getting a Newfoundland from a reputable breeder.
If you have done all your research on finding a responsible breeder, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but if you’re rushing into it because you want a Newfoundland puppy right now, you might be getting ripped off.
What should that initial cost include: (may vary)
- A well-bred puppy.
- Health testing-cardiology, eye disorders,
- Complete physical exam by a veterinarian
- Puppy vaccines and de-worming given by a veterinarian
- Health records
- Health certificate
- Possible start-up of health insurance
- Lifelong relationship with the breeder
What you should NEVER be paying more for:
Now, that’s the first investment. Let’s move on to the lifetime investments. For most of these, there isn’t a set cost because of so many variables that come into play but it will give you an idea of what expenses you face down the road.
This will widely depend on what type of food your feeding, kibble, raw, home cooked. Keep in mind that if you go the kibble route you’ll be spending about the same whether you go with a higher quality kibble or lower quality.
With a high-quality kibble, you’ll be feeding less because of its high quality and there’s a good chance you’ll have fewer health issues. We always recommend going this route.
Don’t forget about treats too. Maybe $80-100 per month for 1 dog. I spend about $200 per month for Sherman and Leroy but Leroy is on prescription food and requires a totally different diet. Don’t forget about bowls and make sure that there are several of them.
This will depend on how involved you’re going to get with grooming. Are you going to do it all yourself? Are you going to use a groomer?
The initial start-up for grooming yourself can be hefty and can include a lot of different tools. Rakes, combs, brushes, grooming table, dog dryer, shampoo, conditioner, grooming spray, detanglers, mat splitters.
Some of these things you don’t have to get right away but you should at least have a rake, comb, and brush. We recommended that if you’re going to be doing all the grooming yourself that you attend a grooming seminar with your regional Newfoundland club and get your puppy used to all the tools as soon as you can.
If you’re going to be using a groomer that price can vary depending on the region. On average I’ve heard that people spend $100-$200 every 6 weeks or so.
This varies widely on the dog and preferences. Some dogs will be destroyers of toys, some will only like a specific type of toys.
Hard, soft, stuffed, un-stuffed, chewer, non-chewer. We’ll put leashes and collars in this section too. Perhaps a harness for draft work and a life vest for swimming. We could also add in the cost if a cart and any swimming accessories if you’re going to do a lot of water work.
Remember, your Newfie may or may not be an angel for the first few years of life.
They go through different stages and some of these can be destructive.
Chewing furniture, chewing walls, eating your plants, knocking a very expensive lamp off your table with their happy tail.
Whacking your wine off the end table onto the carpet which is one of the reasons why you ripping your carpet out and replacing it with some type of wipeable flooring but then when they become seniors you’ll be buying non-slip rugs and carpet squares to go over that wipeable flooring in hopes that they won’t fall and blow out a knee.
Your yard will most likely become a mud pit so you’ll spend countless hours trying to replant grass, buy straw, lay a concrete patio.
You’ll need to find a vacuum or several that can hold up to Newfie hair and dander. You might buy an expensive one and it lasts for a few years or you buy a cheap one every other month.
Magic Erasers. You’ll want to but stock in these because you’ll be using them all the time to wipe the slobber off your walls. Don’t forget about carpet stain removal, pooper scoopers, floor wipes, and paper towels.
You’re Newf is going to be smart and maybe stubborn. You’ll need to invest time and money into their training so that you can cut down on costs from the destruction section.
Remember, a bored Newf is a curious Newf, a curious Newf is a counter surfer or a master of destruction. Crate training may be something you’re interested in so you’ll have to invest in different sizes of crates as the puppy grows.
I can only wish that you have a healthy Newfie that will never have any major health issues but the ugly truth is that at some point your Newf will.
Most common health issues seen in Newfoundlands are joint issues including hips, knees and elbows, allergies that include skin issues and ear issues.
Bloat, a serious medical condition that is seen in giant breed dogs with deep chests.
Heart issues including Subaortic Stenosis and Cardiomyopathy . Arthritis that will affect most senior Newfoundlands at some point. All of these issues can easily get you into the thousands of dollar range.
Not to mention regular care costs such as altering (neuter/spay) tacking the stomach if you choose, vaccines, heartworm, and flea/tick medications.
OFA should be done on Newfoundlands also to check their hips and elbows after the age of 2. This cost is on the owner and can vary from clinic to clinic.
Don’t forget your medical expenses here. You may suffer from the occasional bloody nose, broken toe or black eye, all on accident and out of love of course.
Due to the high cost of medical expenses that can come with having a Newfoundland we always recommended pet insurance.
Many pet insurances will cover the cost of medications, prescription food, therapy and of course medical emergencies. If you’re looking for pet insurance for your Newfoundland we highly recommended using Consumer’s Advocate 10 Best Pet Insurances of 2018 Guide.
Getting pet insurance early can help save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
It’s important to keep mind that when you’re searching for a Newfoundland puppy, the purchase price may be a large up-front cost but it is nothing compared to the lifetime cost of having a Newfoundland. I haven’t kept a running tally of the total cost of Sherman and Leroy, some of us are just better off not knowing.
And yes, they are worth every single penny.
To end, I don’t want you to not get a Newfoundland. I wish that everyone could experience the love of a Newfoundland at least once in their life, but I want you to be as prepared as you can be.
There’s a reason that rescue groups are overloaded with Newfoundlands right now.
PEOPLE CAN NOT AFFORD THEM.
If you were looking to adopt a Newfoundland that is currently in rescue please, perhaps because their owners couldn’t afford them, check out the Newfoundland Club of America’s Rescue Organization for a rescue near you.