Newfoundlands are a strong and powerful working dog.
Their large size is often both an attraction and a deterrent to those not familiar with the breed.
While size is desirable in the breed it should never be at the expense of the health of the dog.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a magic crystal ball that could tell us exactly how much our Newfies were going to weigh when they were full-grown?
That would solve so many questions!
How Much Do Newfoundlands Weigh?
Adult female Newfies weigh about 100-120 pounds.
It’s important to mention that this is just a basic guide and a dog’s body structure should also be taken into consideration.
A Newfie with a smaller frame should weigh less than a Newfie with a bigger frame.
It’s perfectly fine for an adult male Newfie to be healthy and weigh under 120 pounds.
Odin has a much smaller frame than Sherman and Leroy did.
He was 117 pounds and that’s a good weight for his frame.
Any bigger and he’s at risk for being overweight and this can put more strain on his joints.
The average height of a full-grown adult male is 28 inches at the shoulder.
For a female, it is 26 inches at the shoulder.
If your Newfie is a few inches shorter than that their weight should reflect it.
How Much Do Newfoundland Puppies Weigh?
An 8-10 week-old puppy will weigh about 15-20 pounds.
On average. Newfie puppies normally gain about 10 pounds per month so a 6-month old puppy will weigh about 60 pounds.
A one-year-old male puppy on average weighs about 100-130 pounds give or take a few.
(This is a wide range, yes, but if I put 130 pounds, it’s not realistic to the Newfies we are seeing today)
I’ve seen a lot of people get nervous when their Newfie reaches 12 months and they haven’t hit the 100-pound mark.
It’s ok, they’ll get here.
If they are healthy and eating fine there is no reason to rush it.
How Big Does A Newfoundland Dog Get?
It’s hard to judge how much your Newfies will weigh when they are fully grown.
You should take into consideration the weight of the dam and sire to give you a ballpark figure.
Many people are attracted to the Newfoundland breed because of their massive size however, very few healthy Newfoundlands are going to weigh 200 pounds.
That should not be a goal weight for any owners to get their Newfoundlands to.
A Newfoundland is a working dog and should be lean.
You should be able to feel the evidence that they have ribs even through their thick coat.
A 200 pound Newfoundland should be taller than 28 inches at the shoulders also.
A 200-pound male Newfoundland that is 27 inches is overweight.
When Do Newfoundland Dogs Stop Growing?
Newfoundlands stop growing between 2 and 3 years of age.
Some may even continue to grow up until 4 years of age.
Normally, Newfoundlands grow up and then they fill out so at 1 year of age your Newfie may reach their full height but will continue to bulk up for the next year or longer.
I feel that Sherman stopped growing at around 2 1/2 but Leroy was a late bloomer and wasn’t done growing until closer to 4 years of age.
With Odin, his estimated age was 2 1/2 when we adopted him and I feel like he did grow a little bit over the first 6 months that we had him.
Newfies will stop growing but they will not stop gaining weight if they are overfed and not getting appropriate exercise.
How To Weigh Your Newfoundland
Since Newfies are big it’s not as easy to weigh them as it is little dogs.
In most cases, a regular bathroom scale isn’t going to work and you’ll need something a little bigger and sturdier.
The best way to weigh your Newfoundland is at your veterinarian’s clinic.
You can do this at scheduled check-ups or, at most vet clinics, you can stop in and weigh your dog.
Some pet stores such as Petco will also have dog scales available in their stores.
You can also purchase pet scales online to have in your home.
Since Newfoundlands can easily become overweight, it’s a good idea to weigh your Newfoundland regularly so you can maintain that weight throughout their life.
An Overweight Newfie Is An Unhealthy Newfie
A healthy Newfie is going to be lean.
They are going to be robust and they should easily be able to do the jobs that they were bred to do.
They may look a little round to the naked eye but if you put your hands on a big fluffy Newfie you should be able to feel their body’s contour.
Yes, Newfies have contour.
I always like to assess their body condition when I give a bath.
This allows me to really see their shape.
An adult Newfie should also have more muscle than fat.
Over the last 10 years, I feel that we are seeing a lot of Newfies on the smaller side but people are still focused on the higher average weight.
This is leading to a lot of overweight Newfies which is leading to a lot more health issues.
As a community of people who love our breed and want to see it continue to thrive, we need to focus less on the number and more on health.
I see a lot of people asking how much food to feed a Newfoundland but not a lot of people adjusting the amount that they feed on a daily basis based on what the Newfie is getting in extras.
The recommended amount of cups of food to be fed to your dog is based on them only getting that food for the day.
It does not take into consideration the 15 treats they got, the peanut butter in the Kong, the chips they got from begging, or the lack of calories that they didn’t burn because they didn’t get out and exercise due to the weather.
I’ve recently been adjusting Odin’s food depending on how much extra stuff and exercise he gets for that day so he is not getting the same amount of dog food every day.