Swiss Newfie

Home > Dog Breeds > Swiss Newfie
90-115 lbs
23-27"
Unknown
Greater Swiss Mountain
Newfoundland

The Swiss Newfie is a very large hybrid dog, the intentional combination of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the oldest and largest of the Sennenhund dogs that developed in the mountains of Switzerland, and the Newfoundland, an imposing looking gentle giant that seems more at home in the water than they are on land. The Swiss Newfie only requires a moderate amount of exercise for their size and is usually content to stretch their legs for around an hour each day, however, some Swiss Newfies may require a large chunk of time devoted to grooming each day, particularly those who inherit the profuse, fluffy coat of their Newfoundland parent breed. While these dogs can be a bit boisterous throughout their lengthy adolescence they are typically dependable and affectionate companions who are very sensitive to their families emotions. 

Purpose
Companion, Drafting, Rescue and Therapy Dog, Water Retriever
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Newfoundland

Swiss Newfie Health

Average Size
Height: 25-29 inches Weight: 120-145 lbs
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 90-115 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Ectropion
  • Cherry Eye
  • Cataracts
  • Pemphigus
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Urolithiasis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Panosteitis
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)
  • Thyroid Panel

Swiss Newfie Breed History

The Swiss Newfie is a deliberate crossbreed known as a designer dog, in this case, a cross between two extremely large but good-natured canines, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, a guardian of sheep that also specialized in drafting and carting, and the Newfoundland, a massive water dog with a mysterious past. The Greater Swiss Mountain dog is the oldest and largest of the breeds founded in mountains of Switzerland. These dogs, known as Sennenhund dogs, were the descendants of dogs that travelled through Switzerland with ancient conquerors such as the Romans and the Phoenicians. These dogs developed into four distinct breeds of guarding, herding, and carting dogs including the Appenzeller, the Entlebucher, the Bernese, and, of course, the Greater Swiss, although all four have sport similar black and tan coloration, usually with a white face and chest, and white feet. The Greater Swiss, in particular, became a favorite of butchers in the area, becoming particularly valued for their ability to safely transport carts of fresh produce and fresh milk to their destinations. Newfoundland dogs were developed in the coastal towns of northern Canada, most notably in the fishing village of St. John's, where they were known as Greater St John’s dogs. While most theories indicate that the Newfoundland dogs are a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff, there are no records of Tibetan Mastiffs in the area, and no known native dogs in the area. Whatever this breed’s ancestry may have been, it became a very large dog that was perfectly designed to lend a helping hand to fishermen in the cold, harsh environment of the Newfoundland area, and by the end of the 1700s, the Newfoundland breed had become commonplace along those shores. 

Swiss Newfie Breed Appearance

The Swiss Newfie is a well-muscled and heavily-boned canine that is slightly longer than they are tall, and while some females may weigh slightly less than a hundred pounds when they are fully grown, very few males will. Both of the parent breeds have broad flat skulls and large, blunt muzzles that are well-balanced with the head, and this is passed down to the Swiss Newfie, although the Newfoundland tends to have a slightly broader head and more pendulous lips than the Swiss Mountain Dog. Their brown eyes are usually very dark and almond shaped with a soft and gentle expression and their triangular ears are set close to the edge of the skull, laying nearly flat to the sides of the head. Those that more closely resemble the body style of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog may be somewhat leaner than those that take after the Newfoundland, but the difference is typically slight. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Pied
Gray
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Swiss Newfie Breed Maintenance

The time and effort that is required for grooming this hybrid will depend quite a bit on which coat the individual Swiss Newfie inherits. Both coats require fairly frequent bathing, usually a bath every month or two, but those with the longer, fluffy coat of the Newfoundland will require a great deal more brushing than those that inherit the short, smooth coat of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The coat of the Newfoundland requires extensive brushing on a daily basis in order to prevent mats and tangles from forming and to remove any dirt and debris that has gotten enmeshed in their profuse amounts of fur while the moderate shedding created by the short coat of the Greater Swiss can usually be controlled with just two or three brief brushing sessions a week. 

Brushes for Swiss Newfie
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Swiss Newfie Temperament

The Swiss Newfie is the combination of two breeds of canine that are generally very companionable and easy going towards people, and they tend to need quite a bit of companionship for a large dog. They are typically very tolerant of children, but they are a powerful canine that can be a little too boisterous in their interactions with toddlers and young children and should be closely supervised. While these dogs are affectionate and trusting with their families, socialization may be needed to ensure that they remain confident and polite with strangers as well. Well socialized and trained, these dogs should make excellent therapy or emotional support animals, however, as they are particularly sensitive to the emotions of the people around them . Socialization with other dogs is also wise for this crossbreed as both parent breeds are known to occasionally be wary towards other dogs and some males are also aggressive towards other males, particularly if they are not provided with appropriate training. While the Newfoundland may contribute a bit of a stubborn streak and the Greater Swiss Mountain dog contributes a lengthy adolescence, this combination should be otherwise fairly easy to train, and training should start early to ensure a well behaved and well-controlled adult dog.  

Swiss Newfie Activity Requirements

While this dog isn’t likely to need a great deal of vigorous exercise, they do need to stretch their long legs at least a few times a day and the addition of strength training in the form of specially weighted backpacks or drafting carts designed for dogs will help them to maintain strength and muscle tone. The Swiss Newfie is also likely to be particularly drawn to swimming and water sports due to their Newfoundland heritage, activities which can prove particularly beneficial for large dogs that are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia as it provides non-weight bearing exercise to the joints and muscles. A home with a yard that is safely enclosed really is a must in order to provide the environment best suited to the Swiss Newfie.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Swiss Newfie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

Swiss Newfie Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 79 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 61 lbs
12 Months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 112 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 87 lbs
18 Months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 119 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 92 lbs

Swiss Newfie Owner Experiences

Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!