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What Is a Velcro Newfie?

A “Velcro dog” is a dog that never leaves your side, as if he is stuck to you. This is a trait that is seen quite often in Newfies

If you’re new to the Newfie family, you may have heard of the term “Velcro Newfie”. 

This term is usually used to describe a clingy dog that follows you everywhere.

The Newfoundland is considered the ultimate Velcro dog.

With every step you take, your Newfie is close to follow. 

But a Velcro Newfie can also be a Newfie that constantly has objects stuck in their hair. 

So let’s take a look at each type of Velcro Newfie so you can determine what type you have.

Velcro Newfie

Velcro Newfie A

A Velcro Newfie is kind of like your on steriods and it should be no surprise because Newfoundlands are always happiest when they’re by their owner’s side. 

This is why this giant breed is not a good choice for people who live a busy lifestyle and have to leave their dog at home alone a lot. 

A Newfie is your wingman for everything you do, including going to the bathroom and making dinner. 

Their attentive devotion to people plus their natural extinct to work closely with humans takes their clingy personality to a whole other level.

The only time that a Newfie doesn’t seem to be attached to their owner’s hip is when there’s snow on the ground. 

Classic Signs Of a Velcro Newfie A

There are several signs that your Newfie may be exhibiting clingy behaviour but these are some of the more common ones:

  • Follows you around the house
  • Paws, barks, or breathes hot air in your face.
  • Has some level of eparation anxiety
  • Begs physical contact

Follows you around

Newfies who are Velcro Newfies will follow their owners everywhere they go, even to the bathroom and especially to the kitchen.

Many of them will follow you so close that they’ll step on the back of your shoe or slipper causing you to either fall flat on your face or at the very least, stub your toe. 

clingy Newfie

Paws, barks or breathes hot air in your face

Full-time Velcro newfies spend a lot of their free time seeking your attention. 

Some have their very own attention-seeking style but many of them will throw their massive paw at you demanding some love.

Others might sit directly in front of you and bark while softer Newfies will take a less hostile approach and forcefully breathe hot air in your face. 

dog breathing hot air in face

Separation anxiety

Since Newfies are so devoted to their family, some will exhibit separation anxiety when their owner leaves them alone. 

With some Newfoundlands, it doesn’t matter if you’re gone for 5 minutes or 60 minutes, they don’t like you leaving their sight. 

Sometimes this separation anxiety can be minor like staring out the window until you return but others may bark, howl, whine or even become destructive. 

Physical contact

While Newfies might not want to snuggle under the blanket with you, they are big leaners so if you have a free leg to spare, they will take it. 

Velcro dog

Velcro Newfie B

With their double coat that includes a dense undercoat and a long water-resistant coarse outercoat, Newfoundlands cannot only withstand cold temperatures better than many other breeds but they also can constantlyuse that coat like Velcro to pick up debris from inside and outside. 

leaf magnet

While the type of debris can vary greatly, some of the more common debris that gets stuck in a Newfoundland’s coat as they shuffle through are:

  • leaves
  • dirt
  • burrs
  • sticks
  • mud
  • flowers
  • grass clippings
  • snow
  • gravel
  • mulch

Fall is prime time for Velcro Newfies in the B class to shine and you’re not alone if you have just as many leaves inside as you do outside. 

Are Velcro Newfies A Bad Thing?

Personally, almost all of my Newfies have been professional Velcro dogs except Leroy. 

Sherman and Odin are/were superstar sweet clingers and Thunder and Lou are/were more of a demanding/jealous clingers. 

All of them are professional B Velcro Newfies. 

However, in my experience and in all seriousness, the older a Newfie gets, the more clingy they can become which can lead to more serious separation anxiety issues. 

If you have a Newfie that has separation anxiety that comes with bad behaviors, it’s best to reach out to your veterinarian or dog trainer for guidance. 

I like having Velcro Newfies and wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Let us know what your superstar Velcro Newfie’s powers are below!




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Connie Plaschko

Tuesday 21st of November 2023

Ohhhh Jen, I love your emails and website... You are a wonderful Newfie Mom! We have 2 Velcro Newfies both are A and B Velcro types. My baby Girl, Shelby (yep after an expensive car) is my Velcro, she will follow me everywhere, and gardens with me. She also shares the mad skills of having everything stick to her... Everywhere... She is also my slime dog, I take a hand towel with me everywhere. She just gets her slobber bib full of water when she drinks. And then there is Surly (After the beer, yes!) he is our rescue from a breeder who "donated" him to a organization that train newfs as an emotional/PTSD dog. Unfortunately, Surly was a part of a bonded pair, and they sold his sister. he was too mentally/emotionally damaged to even come into the building at the rescue. We brought Shelby with us to the meet and greet. Surly came directly up to my hubby and adopted US! Surly's human is John 95 % of the time. Surly is truly Velcro type "B". ANYTHING comes in on him, from leaves and pine needles, to little crawly bugs (my least favorite thing.) Surly is a very independent Newf, at times when I call him in, or want to groom him, I swear he will give me a look and a middle toe saying.... well you know... Jen, your videos and writing are so encouraging and educational! I just wanted to thank you as I have followed you throughout our 8 year relationships with our 4 legged kids, Shelby and Surly.

I hope your holidays are filled with love and blessings. Connie

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