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Versatile Newfoundlands


The Newfoundland Club of America established the designation of Versatile Newfoundland to encourage and recognize beautiful representatives of the breed, who continue to exhibit the breed’s historic and natural working abilities.  To be recognized as a Versatile Newfoundland a dog must earn the following:  AKC championship, AKC obedience title, NCA Water Rescue Dog title, and NCA Draft Dog title.  The awards have been presented annually at the National Specialty since 1985. 

2007 Versatile Newfoundlands

Congratulations to the following dogs that earned the distinguished VN award in 2007:

VN Ch. CastaNewf's Due North, CD, WRD, DD

VN Am/Can Ch. CastNewf's Obsession, Am/Can CD, WRD, Can. WRD, DD, Can DD

VN Am/Can Ch. Darbydale's Somebody Pouchcove, Am/Can CD, WRD, DD

VN Am/Can Ch. Jolly Roger's Cherry Danish, CD, WRD, DD, CGC, TDI

VN Ch. Jolly Roger's Danish Maid, CD, WRD, DD, CGC, TDI

VN Ch. Karableu's Ocean Breeze, CD, RN, WRD, DD, CGC

VN Ch. Kendians Juneau What I Know, CD, RN, WRD, DD

VN Ch. Kilyka's Rising Star, CD, WRD, DD

VN Ch. Makepeace Bell's Stowaway, CD, WRD, DD, CGC, TDI

VN Ch. Makepeace Dream Weaver, CD, WRD, DD, CGC

VN Ch. Makepeace Logo By Mack, CD, WRD, DD, CGC

VN Ch. Midnite Bay's Bear Necessity, CD, RN, WRD, DD

VN Ch. Nakiska Shines at Aukai, CD, RE, TD, WRD, DD

VN Ch. Nashau-Auke's Big Country, CDX, WRD, DD

VN Ch. Osa's Sulis Minerva, CD, WRD, DD

VN Ch. Pouch Cove's Cambriol, CD, WRD, TDD, CGC, TDI, CN

VN Ch. Rowens With The Big Dgs, CDX, RAE, WRD, DD

VN Ch. Seadog's Heaven Scent, CD, WRDX, TDD

VN Ch. Shadrack's Made of Honor, CD, WRD, TDD, ROM

VN Ch. Sugarland's She's The One, CD, WRDX, DD, CGC

VN Ch. Tempest's Firebird of Kilyka, CD, RN, WRD, DD, CGC

VN Ch. Ultra Cool Paw Luke du Pas de Mer, CD, WRDX, DD



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Health Testing Designation

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)

VN Qualifications

The requirements for earning a VN title are completion of an AKC conformation championship, AKC obedience title, NCA DD (Draft Dog) and NCA WRD (Water Rescue Dog)




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