The Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) was founded in 1930 for the advancement of the Newfoundland Dog. The NCA is the sanctioned parent breed club for the Newfoundland and is a member of the American Kennel Club. The NCA has many Regional Newfoundland clubs that create a network of support to Newfoundland dog owners. Members include breeders, owners and fanciers who are committed to protecting the Newfoundland. Regional clubs offer meetings, matches, Draft and Water Tests, NCA Regional Specialties, and educational programs. The NCA and Regional Clubs actively support canine health research and provide rescue adoption assistance for Newfoundlands through the NCA Charitable Trust
The NCA is the sanctioned parent breed club for the Newfoundland and is a member of the American Kennel Club. The NCA is governed by a Board of 12 Directors who are elected by the membership to serve two year terms.
The NCA establishes committees to carry out its work. Some examples of NCA committees are: Breeder Education, Health and Longevity, Judges Education, Working Dog and Performance and Recognition.
The NCA has many Regional Newfoundland clubs that create a network of support to Newfoundland dog owners. Members include breeders, owners and fanciers who are committed to protecting the Newfoundland. Regional clubs offer meetings, matches, Draft and Water Tests, NCA Regional Specialties, and educational programs.
Various educational efforts of the NCA, including the publication of Newf Tide (an award-winning quarterly magazine), cover every aspect of Newfoundland ownership. The NCA also publishes various pamphlets on the Newfoundland such as the Newf & You, and various manuals and publications for water and draft work. The NCA also has an active online presence with a suite of websites and regular postings on social media networks.
National Specialties showcase the Newfoundland breed in Conformation, Obedience, and Working Abilities. Held on a yearly basis, the National travels around the country hosted by a regional club. A National has, by far, the largest entry of Newfoundland dogs, typically over 500.
Regional Specialities are smaller than a "National" and are hosted by regional clubs, normally on an annual or biennial basis.
Working events, such as Draft or Water Tests, demonstrate the Newfoundland's natural abilities as a working dog and are conducted by most regional clubs on a periodic basis.
Upon completion of the necessary requirements, the NCA offers the following titles:
Annual Awards may be given the following:
New members can apply online via the Membership Portal. The applicant is responsible for obtaining two sponsors’ signatures and providing them with the sponsors’ form to complete and send to the Membership Chair. It is highly recommended that the applicant ensure that the two sponsors have been NCA members for three or more years, are not from the same household and have known the applicant for at least a year. It is suggested that the breeders of the applicant’s dogs, local Newfoundland owners and local regional Newfoundland clubs be utilized to make the necessary contacts. Contacts can also be made at local dog shows and possibly at all-breed kennel clubs.
The Newfoundland Club of America maintains an extensive collection with the archive at the American Kennel Club. There is an exhibit and guide to the collection online. Research Inquiries should be directed to the AKC Archives.