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Latest News

July 20, 2015

Interested in applying for the Newf Tide Editor's position?
Email NewfTidepolicy@ncadogs.org to request a bid package starting July 6,2015. Completed bids must be returned in the requested format with appropriate work samples on or before August 6, 2015.
Want to know more? Please email us at NewfTidepolicy@ncadogs.org

June 14, 2015

NCA members: It is has come to our attention that there was an error in the printing of the NCA renewal forms for our US members. The printer inadvertently used last year’s file and mailing list. They have apologized profusely for the error. They are correcting this mistake and the proper renewal form will be sent in the next day or two. This does not affect our international members or the Canadian/Mexican members.

If you have already sent your renewal form, you do not need to do anything else and you may disregard the second mailing. If you have any questions, you may contact the Membership Chair.

We thank you for your understanding.

May 5, 2015

Membership Directory App now available for iPhone -

Check out the new app for NCA members. Search and find other members and clubs.

March 24, 2015

Attention - Working Exhibitors and Water Test Committees - changes have been approved to the NCA Water Test Regulations. The New Regulations are available online
The primary change is that in the Junior Division Basic Control. There will no longer be an exemption for dogs with a CD. The group stay exercise has been eliminated, and Controlled Walking and Recall Basic Control exercises will be performed off leash in the water front test area within 35 feet of the water’s edge as close to parallel to the water front as the site will allow.

February 16,2015

From the AKC: We are happy to announce thatour website has launched to the public

We encourage you to provide feedback and comments on the changes and additions that you would like to see. Our goal is to make AKC.org a helpful resource and tool for our entire audience. Please direct any feedback to: communications@akc.org.

We look forward to this exciting next step in the growth of the American Kennel Club, and we appreciate your support.

AKC Staff

February 1, 2015

At its December 18, 2014 meeting, the NCA Board appointed Steve Britton to fill the remainder of the vacated term due to Maredith Reggie’s passing.

At this same meeting in accordance with Article IV, Section 3 (c) of the Bylaws and by unanimous consent, the NCA Board declared the slate presented by the Nominating Committee – Lynne Anderson-Powell, Steve McAdams, Mary L. Price, Pat Randall, Pam Saunders and Donna Thibault - elected and to take office at the next Annual Meeting of the Board and directed the Recording Secretary to notify the NCA membership by postcard by February 1 that no balloting is required.

Mary Lou Cuddy
NCA Recording Secretary

January 29, 2015

AKC Celebrates Dogs to Air on Lifetime

Reminder! Mark your calendars or set your DVRs this weekend for the television premiere of AKC Celebrates Dogs. The two hour broadcast of dog-filled fun and competition will air on Lifetime on Saturday, January 31st at 9AM EST/PST and re-air on LRW at 2PM EST/PST.

The broadcast will include many of the competitions and showcases that took place in Orlando, Florida on December 13 and 14, 2014. Highlights include the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC/NADD Diving Dogs Competition, the Junior Showmanship Finals and of course, Best in Show honors at the 2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship!

Partnering with Lifetime allows us to deliver a show that will share our passion for dogs and many of AKC's sports with American dog lovers. Lifetime, a premier female-focused entertainment destination, will bring AKC Celebrates Dogs to 96 million households across the country.

AKC Celebrates Dogs
Saturday, January 31st
Lifetime: 9AM EST/PST


December 28, 2014

Join NCA Charities in working towards a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland.

Thanks to the generosity of long time supporters Clyde & Cathy Dunphy, Andy & Jean Zinsmeyer and the Newfoundland Club of Seattle, your online gifts to NCA Charities this week will be matched up to $2000 in total giving!

Your gift means TWICE as many Newfoundlands helped through rescue, and TWICE as much funding for Health research.

Won't you help Newfoundlands in need today?

December 22, 2014

In 2012, the Steering Committee of the NCA conducted a survey of the membership. Some of the questions asked centered around what members felt were the most important functions of the club, and how the club should allocate resources.

When asked to rank the importance of various activities of the NCA, both "Preserve and protect the Newfoundland breed" and "Work to improve the health of Newfoundland dogs" were rated "most important" by 91% of the members and overall got 7.4 and 7.7 out of ten respectively for resource allocation. A majority of the members, 74%, felt that the NCA does not spend enough on Health and Longevity with it capturing 8%** of the current annual budget. (**This figure does not represent spending for NCA Health Challenge Research Studies which are funded through your donations to the NCA Charitable Trust)

The Steering Committee is interested in understanding what aspects of health are your highest priority. This survey is open to NCA members and non-members alike; it is not an anonymous survey, nor is it scientific. The goal is to obtain first-hand information from Newfoundland owners.

Take The Survey

Thank You!

December 18, 2014

On December 16, the Senate passed HR 5771 which included a one-year extension of expired tax provisions.

This action reauthorizes the IRA charitable rollover through December 31, 2014.

Donors age 70 1/2 or older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity, such as the NCA Charitable Trust. Your transfer will be made free of federal income tax, and the gift qualifies as your 2014 required minimum distribution.

Consult your financial adviser to take advantage of this tax benefit! The NCA Charitable Trust is a community based, community funded public benefit corporation, Federal ID number 06-1500326.

To make a year-end gift to support The NCA Charitable Trust you can go to -


Thank You for your support!


December 1, 2014 -

Allow me to introduce myself...Janice Anderson, newly appointed Chairman of the Newfoundland Club of America Legislative Liaison Committee. The Legislative Liaison Committee is the link between the NCA and the American Kennel Club (AKC) for issues involving local, state and national legislation, which have the potential to impact our breed and our enjoyment of our breed in any way and serves as the liaison between the NCA and the American Dog Owners Association(ADOA).1 As a committee, we are the purveyors of information to the AKC, the ADOA and NCA club members. The NCA Legislative Committee currently consists of 4 members. We are a small group, with a lot of area to cover, and we need your help.

The Animal Rights (AR) Movement intends to eliminate animals from our lives, forever changing the way we live. And legislation is their current weapon of choice. Continuously attacking, pushing their agenda with onerous and restrictive legislation which is corroborated by HSUS President, Wayne Pacelle, "We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”2 Whether it is legislation in Pasadena, CA. seeking Mandatory Spay/Neuter (MSN) of dogs and cats, a cage ban for farm animals in Massachusetts, or the elimination of hunting in these United States, we are all in this together. We must fight for our very existence as breeders, as pet and animal owners, as farmers, ranchers, hunters, scientists and entertainers. AR groups are looking for a means to an end... of life as we know it.

I have three requests:

• Consider joining this committee.

• That every regional club considers joining the Federation of Dogs Clubs that serves your state. Federations are

composed of member clubs and individuals throughout the fancy, devoted to the promotion and welfare of

pure-bred dogs, including education, responsible ownership, monitoring legislative activities and much more.

• That every regional club consider appointing a Legislative Liaison, an individual or individuals that will keep apprised of animal related issues and potential legislation within the club area, at the local, regional and state level. The liaison would relay this information to their regional club and the NCA Legislative Liaison Committee in a timely fashion. The key to defeating legislation that will impact our lives and the lives of our animals is timeliness. If enough pressure is borne on legislators against a particular measure, then that measure may not come to fruition or can be defeated. If, on the other hand, legislation comes to bear in any community, and is not challenged, the results can be devastating. Everyone must be aware, be diligent, and get involved in your community and our community within the NCA. We are only as strong as our weakest link. That weak link is apathy. If you don’t care, then who will? United We Stand, Divided We Fall. Please join us.


Janice Anderson

1 NCA AKC Legislative Liaison, Duties and Responsibilities. http://www.ncanewfs.org/committees/pages/Legliason.html
2 Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP Humane Society of the US (HSUS), formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, Full Cry Magazine, Oct 1, 1990.

November 30, 2014 - From the 2015 National Chair -


I know that everyone is chomping at the bit for information about the 2015 NCA National Specialty.  Due to some recent developments at the host hotel which have only come to light in the past few week or so, there may have to be some adjustments to the information packet.  As soon as we work out some bugs, we will get the information packet to you.  I am confident that I will be able to work this out quickly with the hotel in order to make our show the experience that our exhibitors and spectators, vendors and committee expect from a New England national!

Thanks so much for your patience!  
Donna Thibault
2015 National Specialty Chair


November 25, 2014

Wanted: persons interested in the role of Newf Tide Editor

Please Email newftidepolicy@newfdogclub.org

November 20, 2014

Newf Tide: 1st Quarter 2015 Deadline: JANUARY 2, 2015

All hard copy submission with non-digital photos are to be sent to:
Beth Sell
2605 West Lake Road
Cazenovia NY 13036-9816

Send All electronic submissions to:

If you submitted an item for the 4th Quarter issue and have not been contacted, please send an email to editor@ncadogs.org with description of your submission.

Thank you for your help,
Newf Tide Policy Committee,
Aura Dean, Patti Emmerling, Nancy Gasser, Beth Sell, Julie Poulin Siefert and Jeannette Voss











by Roger Powell


reprinted from Newf Tide 1999

What is the origin of our wonderful dogs? Are they the last survivors of Leif Erikson's ill-fated colony on Vinland? Are they members of a unique breed derived from black wolves in North America? Was the breed developed by the First Nation Peoples who lived on the island we now call Newfoundland? Information new since I last wrote on this topic 15 years ago, provides clues to the origin of dogs and to the origin of our breed, specifically. To relieve your curiosity, the answers to the questions are: We do not know. No. And No. Stay tuned, however, for details.
Recent analyses of DNA verify that dogs are domesticated wolves and are not derived from coyotes or jackals or any other known canid. Exactly which wolves were the forbearers of most dogs is not known presently; no population of wolves from which we have genetic data matches the predicted original genetic background for the ancestor of most domestic dogs. Dogs do appear, however, to have been domesticated twice, and a few breeds from Asia appear to have been interbred with wolves more recently than other breeds. Olsen's and Olsen's conclusion from 20-odd years ago that the Chinese wolf was the progenitor of domestic dogs found in North American before European settlement has not been supported by research on DNA. The exact wolf progenitor for most domestic dogs, including Newfoundlands, is not known.





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