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How Much Does a Newfoundland Cost? (2021 Price Guide)

The Newfoundland is a giant dog, but its enormous size is nothing to be afraid of. They are among the friendliest, sweetest dogs you will find. Affectionate, loyal, and loving are all words used to describe these gentle giants. Newfoundlands are known for loving people and other pets.

Their size also means they are known for being a pricey pet. Not only must they have a significant amount of food, the Newfoundland needs regular grooming and is also prone to some health concerns that require extra veterinary care.

Continue reading to learn what you can expect to spend if you want to add a Newfoundland to your family.

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Bringing Home a New Newfoundland: One-Time Costs

Bringing home a new pet comes with expenses. The initial costs of preparing for and acquiring a Newfoundland are high, but some of these costs are one-time expenses. Some things you will need to pay for when you own a Newfoundland are food, a leash, vet costs, toys, grooming supplies, and other things. This guide will help you understand what you need before you bring your new dog home.

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Free

It is not too likely that you’ll find someone giving away a Newfoundland for free. If you do, you’ll want to be careful. It is possible the dog has been stolen or there is something wrong with it. In the rare situation that there is nothing untoward about the pet being given away for free, you will save money by acquiring the dog at no cost.

Adoption

  • $300 – $400

There are several Newfoundland rescue organizations in the United States. It is also possible you might find a Newfoundland at a shelter. The average adoption cost will vary depending on the organization, location, and age of the dog. Puppies are usually more expensive than adults.

Breeder

  • $500 – $2,500

Newfoundlands can be tough to breed as females are prone to pregnancy difficulties. This is one factor that contributes to the high price of a Newfoundland puppy from a breeder. The price will also depend on their coat color, parents, and breeder. It is important to do your research before selecting a breeder. This ensures you are getting a healthy puppy that was bred responsibly.

Initial Setup and Supplies

  • $840 – $1,700

Before you bring your new dog home, there are some things you will need to have ready for them. Some of the things on this list are one-time costs, while others will be recurring costs that you will need to budget for throughout your dog’s life. You must plan for the care your Newfoundland will need as they are a rather expensive breed to own.

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List of Newfoundland Care Supplies and Costs

ID & License $12 – $36
Spay/Neuter $110 – $200
Puppy Shots $110 – $165
Initial Vet Visit $45 – $55
Microchip $45 – $50
Teeth Cleaning $100 – $300
Crate $80 – $170
Nail Clippers $8 – $12
Brush $10 – $30
Leash / Harness $25 – $50
Puppy Obedience Training $200 – $500
Toys $50 – $75
Bed $30 – $50
Food and Water Bowls $15

How Much Does a Newfoundland Cost Per Month?

  • $270 – $540 per month

Along with the initial cost of bringing your Newfoundland home, you also need to consider the monthly costs of owning a giant dog. Newfoundlands have a higher-than-average cost of care due to their potential for health problems, grooming needs, and big appetites.

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Health Care

  • $230 – $515 per month

The average monthly cost of owning a Newfoundland can vary quite a bit. The one cost that won’t change much is food. The other expenses, such as grooming, vet care, and pet insurance will depend on your dog’s health and your preferences.

Food

  • $100 – $120 per month

Have we mentioned that Newfoundlands are big dogs? Their large size means they need a lot of high-quality food to stay healthy. On average, an adult Newfoundland will eat 4-5 cups of food per day. It is important not to overfeed your dog as Newfoundlands are prone to weight gain.

Grooming

  • $20 – $100 per month

Newfoundlands should be brushed several times per week and bathed at least once every 6 weeks. Some Newfoundland owners can handle grooming their dogs on their own. Others opt for a professional groomer. Your dog will also need regular nail clipping, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing.

Medications and Vet Visits

  • $20 – $150 per month

Newfoundlands are, unfortunately, prone to serious health conditions that impact the heart, eyes, hips, and elbows. You may have to have your vet check your dog regularly for these problems. Therefore, the Newfoundland may need to have more frequent check-ups than the average dog. Your vet may also recommend that your dog take daily supplements, such as taurine, as a preventative measure. As a result, it is difficult to predict the monthly cost of veterinary care.

Pet Insurance

  • $90 – $135 per month

Insurance costs are influenced by several factors, including location, the type of pet, and the age of the pet. Younger Newfoundlands have lower monthly insurance rates than older dogs. However, the cost of pet insurance might be worthwhile if you own dogs that are prone to serious health problems like Newfoundlands.

Environment Maintenance

  • $30 – $35 per month

The Newfoundland loves to spend time with its family. Because of this, the cost to maintain its environment is relatively low compared to some of the other costs on this list. The primary needs are waste bags and chew toys. You may also want to consider having an old towel just for your Newfoundland to use after muddy walks or swim sessions.

Environmentally friendly waste bags $5/month
Chew toys $20 – $25/month
Towels $5/month

Entertainment

  • $10 – $30 per month

Your Newfoundland is likely to be a chewer if it gets bored. To prevent chewing and to save your furniture, you’ll want to keep your dog entertained. They are a very intelligent breed that likes learning and challenges. You can give them puzzle toys and your Newfoundland will be delighted!

Another good entertainment option is a subscription box. These are available in a wide variety of formats and include different toys each month to keep your dog engaged and entertained.

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Total Monthly Cost of a Newfoundland

  • $270 – $540 per month

As you can see, it is not cheap to own a Newfoundland. They need a lot of food and have higher than average veterinary costs. You’ll need to make sure you have set aside enough money to cover the monthly costs as well as any additional costs that pop up.

Additional Costs to Factor In

Another cost to consider before you get a Newfoundland is training. It is highly recommended that you bring your puppy to obedience training or schedule other training sessions for an adopted older dog. Newfoundlands are very gentle and affectionate, but they are often unaware of their size. Training can help overcome issues your dog may have with jumping up or knocking over smaller pets and humans.

Newfoundlands are also prone to chewing when bored. If you do not give them enough to do, they might resort to chewing on your furniture. The best way to avoid this additional cost is to make sure you are keeping them entertained.

Pet sitters will also be necessary if you plan to travel and leave your Newfoundland behind.

Lastly, Newfoundlands are prone to major health issues. You should save for the additional medical care your dog may need as it ages.

Having a Newfoundland On a Budget

While Newfoundlands are an expensive breed to own, it is possible to own one on a budget. However, it will require careful planning, saving, and work on your part. There are also low-cost spay and neuter clinics.

Some veterinarians will offer discounted packages for puppy vaccines if you get all of your puppy’s vaccines from their practice. Taking advantage of savings like these will allow you to set aside some money for future care.

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Saving Money on Newfoundland Care

Some of the easiest ways to save money on your Newfoundland’s care include grooming them yourselves, keeping their teeth and ears clean, and making sure they maintain a healthy weight. Regular walks and swims will keep your Newfoundland in good physical condition which can help prevent some of the diseases they are prone to.

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Conclusion

Newfoundlands are wonderful, loving, affectionate family pets. All of this love comes with a cost, however. If you have always wanted to own one of these gentle giants, you should be prepared to spend a lot of money both to acquire the dog and properly care for it. Newfoundlands need a lot of food, regular grooming, veterinary care, and training. If you are willing to make the financial commitment, you will be rewarded with a great four-legged pal.

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