Grooming Demand Rating


 Full Grooming Interval

 4 to 6 Weeks

 Maintenance Interval

Twice Weekly Minimum


Slicker brush, metal combs, pin brush, thinning shears, scissors, matt rake, clippers and blades.
Very matted strip #7 or #5


Stomach #10



Regular brushing and combing at least twice weekly is essential in order to remove substantial wooly hair shed from the dense undercoat, and not only the longer outer guard coat which protects the undercoat. The density of the hair coat can be misleading to novice groomers or owners of this breed; it is very dense. Match this with the size of this breed, and you have a large grooming task.

It helps to remove as much of the undercoat shed as possible before the bath, yet you can expect more after the bath once the forced air from the dryer separates the coat and allows you to clearly see down to the skin. Wide combs and matt rakes are almost inevitably used unless the owner has taken premium care of the coat. Start with the rake, then to the slicker brush and then comb. It's best to start with one area and complete it and then move to the next area.

Scissor long hairs that hang over the anus. You can use thinning shears to reduce areas of the coat that seem to be more clumped than other areas, usually the rear area on this breed. You can also do the same along the back to neaten the appearance.


Many groomers given a matted Newfoundland take the time to offer the owner some instruction on how to properly brush and comb their dog. Most owners brush only the top most layer of coat and never remove undercoat and then wonder how the dog became so matted since they did brush and brush, but didn't understand the concept of the undercoat shed and how to remove it.

"I have a 2 year bitch named "Hjerteknusern Esther Williams" and just by chance I decided to give her a bath with the new Shampoo from Groomer's Edge; The Grimeinator. The coat got so shiny and silky that the judge commented it on the show. We received CAC and got BOS. We were beaten by her brother "Hjerteknusern Excellent Circus" a big, brown Newfoundland. He got CAC and BOB. He is living here and are using the same shampoo as his sister: The Grimeinator from Double K Industries. Still 2 weeks later, her coat is so shiny that we get very positive comments from people we meet during our daily walks. Recommended from us here in Norway." Submitted by Lasse Henriksen with Esther the Newfie.

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Breed Standard Information

American Kennel Club - Breed Information

Newfoundland Club of America, Inc.

Newfoundland Club of Canada

The Newfoundland Dog

Continental Kennel Club

Grooming Information

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Continental Kennel Club - Newfoundland

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