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
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!
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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This page last updated:
November 27, 2015
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