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Latest News

March 31, 2016

Notice Of 2016 Annual Membership Meeting

In accordance with Article II, Section 1 of the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. Bylaws, the annual membership meeting of the club will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, beginning at 8:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza Providence – Warwick (Airport), 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886. The specific meeting room location will be posted at the Crowne Plaza Providence – Warwick Hotel.

You may present a topic for discussion at the annual membership meeting by contacting the NCA Recording Secretary no later than midnight, April 15th, 2016.

March 6, 2016

Newfoundland Club of America 2016 Board of Directors Election Tellers’ Report February 16, 2016

Total Number of Votes Cast
Number of votes needed for election (plurality): 457

Mary Lou Cuddy received: 562 Roger Frey received: 519 Pam Rubio received: 497 Sue Marino received: 483 Steven Britton received: 482 John Cornell received: 457

Rita Van Brandeghen, Charles Ialungo, John Van Brandeghen, Kathy Whitney

February 19, 2016

C-BARQ Breed Temperament Study

Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of our breed.

If you feel strongly that this is the case, then please help support us by investing a small amount of your time in collecting temperament data.

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November 27, 2015

Did you see Winslow strut his stuff in the Best In Show Ring at the National Dog Show? Looking to add a Newfoundland to Your Life? Have questions about the Breed? Have a new Newf and need help with grooming, training, etc.? Meet and talk to a Newfoundland Ambassador near you!

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November 1, 2015

2016 NCA National Specialty Show Information


September 1, 2015

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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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