Applicant ponies must conform to the following standards in order to be registered as a Newfoundland Pony by the Newfoundland Pony Society:
- Demonstrates and/or documents ancestry to the Newfoundland Pony, acceptable to the Society;
- Has a good temperament, is docile and easy to work with;
- Is a good winter animal, being all around hardy;
- Is sure-footed;
- Has a structure that can vary from fine-boned types to larger stocky types;
- Has a height that can vary from 11.0 to 14.2 hands;
- Has a coat colour of bay, black, brown, chestnut, dun, grey, roan and white . Piebalds and skewbalds (pintos) are not acceptable;
- Has a heavy coat which sometimes changes colour and character seasonally;
- Has a thick mane and tail;
- Has a low set of tail;
- Has feathered fetlocks with hair extending below fetlock points;
- Has flint hard hooves;
- Typically have dark limb points. White or light colour on limbs is acceptable;
- Is free of defects which might endanger the ability to live a normal, healthy life.
These standards may vary in the event that a more detailed survey of the breed carried out at a later date shows evidence of any discrepancy.