For many years, the NCA, by policy, has supported the concept of posting health test results—both positive and negative—in an open database. Now the NCA will provide special recognition to those members who do so in the hope that it will inspire and motivate more people to do it.
The designation of TOD (Health Tested Open Database) is for any dog, living or dead, for which the test results for hips, elbows, cystinuria, and heart (evaluated by a board-certified cardiologist) have been posted in an openly accessible database.
An additional designation—TODD—will be awarded to any dog that meets the above criteria AND has submitted its DNA to the AKC DNA Repository.
Please remember that this award is given to dogs for which the tests’ results are posted, not given just to dogs who clear or pass all of these tests.
You must apply for this award to receive it. If your dogs are eligible, please contact the TOD/TODD Committee with the appropriate information (dog’s name, AKC number, OFA number, dates of health tests). If your cystinuria and cardiology results have not been posted to the OFA database, and you are now submitting them to the NCA database, please provide documentation of those tests/evaluations as well as others, including thyroid, CERF, patellas, and other.
Don’t forget to tell us if your dog has DNA submitted as well so that you can earn the TODD!
And even if you don’t have all four of the tests completed and don’t qualify for the TOD, please post the results from the tests you have administered in the NCA database, including any of the tests mentioned above. The more information we have on our dogs, the better. Copies of test results for dogs NOT qualifying for the TOD should be sent directly to Dan Carr, Chair of the Technical Resources Committee, please email for hard copy mailing instructions.
Join in helping the breed and in committing to open disclosure of health results.
Drawing by Harrison Weir (1824-1906)
The anecdote I am now about to give is from the pen of the Rev. J.E. Atkinson, a good and scientific naturalist:
"Walking with a favorite Newfoundland dog of great size, one frosty day, I observed the animal's repeated disappointment on putting his head down, with the intention to drink, at sundry ice-covered pools. After one of these disappointments, I broke the ice with my foot, for my thirsty companion's behoof. The next time it seemed good to the dog to try and drink, instead of waiting for me to break the ice as before, he set his own huge paw forcibly on the ice, and, with a little effort, obtained water for himself."
From: Rev. R.O. Morris, B.A. Dogs and Their Doings. N.Y., Harper & Bros, 1872, p. 16f.
(reprinted from NewfTide 1976)
The Newfoundland Club of America considers the following tests as necessary for all Newfoundlands: Hips
(x-ray), Elbows (x-ray), Cystinuria (DNA or parentage) and Hearts (cardiologist). Please be sure and discuss the status of these tests with your responsible breeder. Additional tests include CERF (eyes) Thyroid (blood tests) and Patellas. DNA Banking is also strongly encouraged