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Working Newfoundlands

The Newfoundland is a working breed. While they excel at traditional activities such as water rescue and draft and carting, they also have adapted to fill many useful roles in modern society, from therapy dogs, to assistance dogs, to search and rescue. The Newfoundland is a versatile worker with a quick intelligence and strong desire to please.

NCA-Titled Working Activities

  Water Work
  Draft Work
  NCA Working Test Judge's Corner

AKC-Titled Activities

Search and Rescue
Service Dogs  
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Versatile Newfoundlands VN Candidate Information Form

The NCA no longer requires a fee to apply for to host a water or draft test.

The requirements for NCA Water and Draft Test judges have changed as of 7/1/14. These changes reflect majority opinions from comments received. The expectations for mentor level judges has been explained in more detail. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with these new requirements if you plan to become a judge, are already a judge or will be choosing a judge for a test.

Read the New Requirements for Judges

Working Dog Publications

The following publications are available in hard copy from the Working Dog Committee:

  • Draft Equipment Guide $5.00

  • Draft Equipment Guide Kit $10.00

  • Draft Test Rules and Regulations $5.00

  • Specialty Carting Rules and Regulations $1.00

  • Water Test Training Manual $12.00

  • Water Test Rules and Regulations $5.00

  • Taking Your Dog Backpacking $10.00

Send your order, prepaid, with a check made out to NCA, to

Working Dog Publications
c/o Dwight Gorsuch
6282 Burris Road
Rock Hall, MD 21661



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