Approved Food List

Raw Diet: Whole Prey

  • Wild caught raw fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, trout, salmon, smelt, or sardines [whole and uncleaned].

Ideally you should feed small fishes of a pound or less. Usual consumption is 1½ to 2 pounds per day. You can also buy the fish ground up and serve it that way. The fish can be eaten frozen or thawed.

Raw Diet: Commercial

  • Red Dog Blue Kat – herring or salmon formulas
  • Most commercial oily fish based raw formulas similar to the above

Canned Dog Food Diets

  • Blue Wilderness – Trout & Chicken Grill
  • Boreal – Wild Pacific Salmon

Homemade Diet: Fish & Bread

When feeding two meals per day, each meal consists of the following:

  • minimum of two fish units and
  • minimum of one bread unit and
  • two or more raw egg yolks
Fish Can Size One Fish Unit
Regular sardines (e.g. Brunswick Sardines in spring water) 106 g (3¾ oz) 1 can
S&F Portuguese Sardines in water 120 g (4½ oz) 1 can
Sockeye salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/3 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/2 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 418 g (14¾ oz) 1/4 can
Jack Mackerel from Chile or Peru 425 g (15 oz) 1/4 can
Bread Calories Per Slice One Bread Unit
Pumpernickel bread (fermented bread) 100-130 calories 1 slice
Sourdough bread (fermented bread) 50-60 calories 2 slices
Whole grain bread 110-130 calories 1 slice

If fermented bread is not available, then a high calorie (110-130 calories/slice) whole grain bread may be used but is generally not as digestible.

Homemade Diet: Salmon Mixture

Combine ingredients and mix well.

1½ cans (213 g) pink salmon with liquid or 1 can (213 g) sockeye salmon with liquid
2 raw egg yolks or 2 large or extra large lightly cooked eggs
2 to 4 cups bread crumbs, preferably Panko bread crumbs

Recipe yields one of two daily servings for an adult Newf.

When made in batches, the mixture can be formed into meatballs or patties and refrigerated (up to two days) or frozen (up to two months).

Combination Diet: Fish/Kibble/Oil

Fish/Kibble/Oil Diet consists of the following:

  • Orijen Six Fish or Acana Pacifica and
  • minimum of four fish units per day and
  • sockeye salmon oil (one 1000 mg capsule per 20 lbs body weight)
Fish Can Size One Fish Unit
Regular sardines (e.g. Brunswick Sardines in spring water) 106 g (3¾ oz) 1 can
S&F Portuguese Sardines in water 120 g (4½ oz) 1 can
Sockeye salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/3 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/2 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 418 g (14¾ oz) 1/4 can
Jack Mackerel from Chile or Peru 425 g (15 oz) 1/4 can

Combination Diet: Raw/Kibble

Raw/Kibble Diet consists of whole Prey Raw Diet or Commercial Raw Diet for one meal and Orijen Six Fish or Acana Pacifica kibble as the other daily meal.

Combination Diet: Kibble/Canned Fish

Kibble/Canned Fish Diet consists of the following:

  • Orijen Six Fish or Acana Pacifica and
  • minimum of two fish units per day
Fish Can Size One Fish Unit
Regular sardines (e.g. Brunswick Sardines in spring water) 106 g (3¾ oz) 1 can
S&F Portuguese Sardines in water 120 g (4½ oz) 1 can
Sockeye salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/3 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/2 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 418 g (14¾ oz) 1/4 can
Jack Mackerel from Chile or Peru 425 g (15 oz) 1/4 can

Combination Diet: Canned Dog Food/Canned Fish

Canned Dog Food/Canned Fish Diet consists of the following:

  • one can Blue Wilderness Trout & Chicken Grill or one can of Boreal Wild Pacific Salmon and
  • minimum of two fish units per day
Fish Can Size One Fish Unit
Regular sardines (e.g. Brunswick Sardines in spring water) 106 g (3¾ oz) 1 can
S&F Portuguese Sardines in water 120 g (4½ oz) 1 can
Sockeye salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/3 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 213 g (7½ oz) 1/2 can
Wild caught pink pacific salmon 418 g (14¾ oz) 1/4 can
Jack Mackerel from Chile or Peru 425 g (15 oz) 1/4 can

Combination Diet: Kibble/Supplements

Kibble/Supplements Diet consists of the following:

  • Orijen Six Fish or Acana Pacifica and
  • sockeye salmon oil or krill oil and
  • raw egg yolks or a taurine suuplement

Supplements

If you choose to supplement a pup under five months, please check with the breeder first.

Sockeye Salmon Oil

Sockeye salmon oil is given for prevention of cancer, for prevention/easing of arthritis, and for extra omega-3. The usual dosage for sockeye salmon oil is 1000 mg for every 20 lbs of body weight; this can be increased to up to 1000 mg of sockeye salmon oil for every 10 lbs of body weight as long as gastric upset does not result.

Weight Usual Dosage Maximum Dosage
40-49 lbs 2000 mg 4000 mg
50-59 lbs 2000 mg 5000 mg
60-69 lbs 3000 mg 6000 mg
70-79 lbs 3000 mg 7000 mg
80-89 lbs 4000 mg 8000 mg
90-99 lbs 4000 mg 9000 mg
100-109 lbs 5000 mg 10000 mg
110-119 lbs 5000 mg 11000 mg
120-129 lbs 6000 mg 12000 mg
130-139 lbs 6000 mg 13000 mg
140-149 lbs 7000 mg 14000 mg
150-159 lbs 7000 mg 15000 mg
160-169 lbs 8000 mg 16000 mg
170-179 lbs 8000 mg 17000 mg

Krill Oil

Krill oil is an alternative to sockeye salmon oil for Newfs that have a digestive sensitivity to high doses of sockeye salmon oil. An adult Newf should get 1000 mg to 2000 mg daily of krill oil.

Turmeric

Turmeric is given for prevention of cancer, for prevention/easing of arthritis, and as a liver protectant. A high quality turmeric capsule encapsulated in olive oil like that made by New Chapter should be used. Dosage should be two, four or six capsules per day. Alternatively a turmeric paste for dogs can be used; recipes can be found on the internet or you can use a turmeric tea such as the one made by Celebration Herbals.

General Notes

Normally a Newf would be fed twice a day but some prefer once a day and others may like a small and large meal daily. For example, with the homemade diet, you might only feed fish for the morning meal and all four eggs, the bread units and remaining fish units in the evening.

Canned fish should be fed with the liquid. Canned fish usually has the final cooking in the can and most of the nutrients that are cooked out of the flesh go into the liquid.

For pups under five months of age, they should normally remain on the diet they were weaned on. If you choose to supplement a pup under five months, please check with the breeder first.

As a taste enhancer, a raw egg can be mixed in or top dressed on kibble.

For senior Newfoundlands (eight years and over) a kibble free diet (to prevent bloat) is strongly recommended along with supplementation with sockeye salmon oil and turmeric.

After each meal your Newf should be given a large dog biscuit or Denta-Stix for good oral health.

Feeding foods other than those listed on the A or B lists above, with the exception of normal dog treats such as dog biscuits or the odd table scrap, or minor amounts of taste enhancers, to a Hannibal Newf will normally void both the soundness and the longevity guarantees. Receipts or best by stamps or other proof of feed used may be requested if claiming on either one of these guarantees. The temperament guarantee is not affected by food fed. If there should be a problem with the recommended foods or you have an alternate preference, please consult Peter for other acceptable options.

Sample Homemade Daily Diets

The following examples are not meant to be definitive as metabolism and other factors such as level of exercise and ambient temperature all play a part in the dietary needs of a dog.

Sample Diet for 120-140 lb Adult Newfoundland

Fed morning and evening

  • 1 can (213 g) pink salmon (2 fish units, 280–320 calories)
  • 3 slices of pumpernickel (3 bread units, 300-390 calories)
  • 2 raw egg yolks (100 calories)
  • 3 sockeye salmon oil capsules (30 calories)
  • 1 mug of turmeric tea
  • large dog biscuit for teeth and gums (115 calories)
Sample Diet for 100-120 lb Senior Newfoundland (10 years and over)

Fed morning and evening

  • 1 can (300 g) sockeye salmon (3 fish units, 320 calories)
  • 4–6 slices of sourdough (2-3 bread units, 240–320 calories)
  • 2 raw egg yolks (100 calories)
  • 1 turmeric capsule
  • medium DentaStix

Updated:  August 3, 2016