The NCA is responsible for the preservation, protection and welfare of the Newfoundland Dog. We provide health, education, and rescue programs, safeguard the breed standard and promote the historical work of the breed
In partnership with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals the NCA Charitable Trust has launched a new comprehensive health survey. Please complete this survey today for your Newfoundland Dogs. There is no cost, each survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Results of this survey will be compared to our results from previous surveys to track trends in health in the breed to be used as a guide for research funding, educational efforts and testing priorities. We need data from Newfoundlands of all ages from around the world - please share widely!
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.
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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