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Who We Are

The Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) was founded in 1930 for the advancement of the Newfoundland Dog. The objectives of the club are:

  • to encourage and promote the quality of pure-bred Newfoundland dogs and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;

  • to encourage the organization of independent regional and local Newfoundland Specialty Clubs in those locations where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club and the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc.;

  • to urge members and breeders to accept the standard for the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard for excellence by which Newfoundland dogs shall be judged;

  • to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike conduct at dog shows, obedience trials, and other events under the rules of the American Kennel Club;

  • to conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience trials, and other events under the rules of the American Kennel Club;

  • to promote the special qualities of the breed by sponsoring working dog activities under the rules of the Newfoundland lub of America;

  • to urge all members to abide by the Newfoundland Club of America Ethics Guide as a guideline for responsible Newfoundland ownership.

  • To bring fanciers of the breed together in friendly counsel.

The NCA and Regional Clubs actively support canine health research and provide rescue adoption assistance for Newfoundlands.

How is the NCA organized?

Regional Clubs

The NCA is the sanctioned parent breed club for the Newfoundland and is a member of the American Kennel Club. The NCA has many Regional Newfoundland clubs that create a network of support to Newfoundland dog owners. Members include breeders, owners and fanciers who are committed to protecting the Newfoundland. Regional clubs offer meetings, matches, Draft and Water Tests, NCA Regional Specialties, and educational programs.


Various educational efforts of the NCA, including the publication of Newf Tide (an award-winning quarterly magazine), cover every aspect of Newfoundland ownership. The NCA also publishes various pamphlets on the Newfoundland such as the Newf & You, a Breeder’s List, and various manuals and publications for water and draft work.

Showcase Events

National Specialties showcase the Newfoundland breed in Conformation, Obedience, and Working Abilities. Held on a yearly basis, the National travels around the country hosted by a regional club. A National has, by far, the largest entry of Newfoundland dogs, typically over 500.

Regional Specialities are smaller than a "National" and are hosted by regional clubs, normally on an annual or biennial basis.

Working events, such as Draft or Water Tests, demonstrate the Newfoundland's natural abilities as a working dog and are conducted by most regional clubs on a periodic basis.


Upon completion of the necessary requirements, the NCA offers the following titles:

  • DD Draft Dog, successful completion of a Draft Test

  • TDD Team Draft Dog, successful completion of a Draft Test when a team of two or more dogs are used throughout the Draft Test

  • WD Water Dog, successful completion of Junior Water Test Exercises

  • WRD Water Rescue Dog, successful completion of the Senior Water Test Exercises

  • WRDX Water Rescue Dog Excellent, successful completion of the Water Rescue Dog Excellent Exercises

  • VN Versitile Newfoundland, for completion of an AKC conformation championship, AKC obedience title, NCA DD (Draft Dog) and NCA WRD (Water Rescue Dog)

  • ROM (Register of Merit) for meeting the requirement of a specific number of AKC Championship/AKC Obedience or NCA Working titled offspring

  • TOD (Health Tested Open Database) 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. 

  • TOD-D will be awarded to any dog that meets the above criteria AND has submitted its DNA to the AKC DNA Repository.

Annual Awards may be given the following:

  • The Top Winning Newfoundland Dog and Bitch

  • The Top Producing Newfoundland Dog and Bitch

  • The Top Obedience Newfoundland

  • The Top Junior Handler

  • The Oldest Living Newfoundland

  • NCA Award for Good Sportsmanship

  • Isabel Kurth Award for Service to the NCA and the breed


The NCA establishes committees to carry out its work. Some examples of NCA committees are: Breeders List, Financial, General Education, Health and Longevity, Historical, Judges Education, Nominating, Obedience, Regional Clubs, Working Dog and Versitile Newfoundland

NCA Membership Process

New members can apply online via the Membership Portal The applicant is responsible for obtaining two sponsors’ signatures and providing them with the sponsors’ form to complete and send to the Membership Chair.  It is highly recommended that the applicant ensure that the two sponsors have been NCA members for three or more years, are not from the same household and have known the applicant for at least a year.  It is suggested that the breeders of the applicant’s dogs, local Newfoundland owners and local regional Newfoundland clubs be utilized to make the necessary contacts.  Contacts can also be made at local dog shows and possibly at all-breed kennel clubs.

Please contact the Membership Chair with questions or concerns.

History of the NCA

The Newfoundland Club of America maintains an extensive collection with the archive at the American Kennel Club. There is an exhibit and guide to the collection online. Research Inquiries should be directed to the AKC Archives.




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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)


"Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity."

Napoleon Bonaparte, upon being saved by a Newfoundland after slipping on his ship and falling overboard. He did not know how to swim, and was kept above water by the dog until he could be rescued.



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