The Newfypoo is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved.
The Poodle is one of the oldest breeds developed specifically for hunting waterfowl. Most historians agree that the Poodle originated in Germany, but developed into their own breed in France. Many believe that the breed is the result of crosses between several European water dogs, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Hungarian, and Russian water dogs. Some say that the Miniature and Toy Poodles emerged shortly after the Standard, but many believe it wasn’t until the 1400s that breeders began intentionally creating smaller versions of the Poodle — first the Miniature, then the Toy — to delight the Parisian bourgeoise. Although the Standard was used for duck hunting, the smaller varieties had use as well – while many kept them as lapdogs, they were also talented truffle hunters. It’s not known for sure when Poodles arrived in the U.S., but the American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle in 1886. The Poodle Club of America was founded in 1896, but disbanded shortly thereafter. Poodle enthusiasts reestablished the club in 1931.
The Newfoundland is a large, powerful dog breed from — you guessed it — Newfoundland. Their first use was as a working dog to pull nets for fishermen along with hauling wood from the forest. While long beloved by many, the Newfoundland’s exact origins are unclear. The first theory as to their origins is that the Newfoundland originated as cross between the Tibetan Mastiff, another large and powerful breed, and the now-extinct American Black Wolf. Through the pairings of those two animals, the Newfoundland eventually evolved. Another proposed origin story is that Vikings left large, thickly-furred dogs behind when they visited the New World in 1000 A.D., and these dogs interbred and were eventually bred with wolves native to Eastern Canada. The third common theory is that the Newfoundland is the result of many European breeds cross bred around the 15th and 16th centuries, among them the Pyrenean Sheep Dogs, Mastiffs, and Portuguese Water Dogs (the most plausible theory to many). In 1860, the first Newfoundland was shown in England. The breed was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1879 and the first American Newfoundland champion was titled in 1883.