Since 1930, the Newfoundland Club of America has worked to preserve, protect and promote the Newfoundland Dog in the United States. The NCA and Regional Clubs actively support canine health research and provide rescue adoption assistance for Newfoundlands. The NCA is the sanctioned parent breed club for the Newfoundland and is proud to be a member of the American Kennel Club.

Who We Are

The objectives of the club are:

• to encourage and promote the quality of pure-bred Newfoundland dogs and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;

• to encourage the organization of independent regional and local Newfoundland Specialty Clubs in those locations where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club and the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc.;

• to urge members and breeders to accept the standard for the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard for excellence by which Newfoundland dogs shall be judged;

• to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike conduct at dog shows, obedience trials, and other events under the rules of the American Kennel Club;

• to conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience trials, and other events under the rules of the American Kennel Club;

• to promote the special qualities of the breed by sponsoring working dog activities under the rules of the Newfoundland Club of America;

• to urge all members to abide by the Newfoundland Club of America Ethics Guide as a guideline for responsible Newfoundland ownership;

to bring fanciers of the breed together in friendly counsel.

What We Do

The Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) is recognized by the American Kennel Club as the “Parent Club” for the Newfoundland breed.  A “parent club” is responsible for the preservation, protection and welfare of that particular breed.  

It is also responsible for the Breed Standard (a written description of the ideal Newfoundland), the education of breed owners on the nuances of the breed and overseeing the breed’s health and welfare.

These are very serious responsibilities and the NCA takes them very seriously.

The NCA highly encourages all persons interested in Newfoundlands to join their local regional Newfoundland club.  There are 25 recognized regional clubs across the United States.  Regional clubs host water/draft tests, regional specialty shows, educational events such as grooming clinics, water/draft seminars, veterinarian talks, and picnics, hikes and various other fun activities where Newfoundland fanciers can gather together and share their appreciation of this breed.  Regional clubs are a wonderful resource for novice Newfoundland owners as there is usually many, many years of Newfoundland experience in each club just waiting to be tapped.

Please contact the Membership Chair with questions or concerns.

If you are interested in the NCA, but not quite ready to become a member, you can:

  • subscribe to our free monthly electronic newsletter e-Notes
  • subscribe to Lifestages - our new puppy owner newsletter
  • subscribe to Newf Tide, the quarterly magazine of the NCA for $60.00 (plus appropriate international postage if necessary)

Once a completed application form has been submitted with the application fee and dues for the year and the completed sponsors’ forms have been received by the Membership Chair, you will receive an acknowledgement along with a complimentary issue of Newf Tide. 

Your application and sponsors’ forms will be forwarded to the NCA Board for their preliminary approval.  Following the preliminary approval, your name and your sponsors will be published in the next issue of Newf Tide.  Following a 30-day comment period, during which NCA members may make comments on all the applicants listed, you will be approved barring any negative comments received. 

You will then receive a welcome packet containing a welcome letter, a second complimentary issue of Newf Tide, a club decal, the club roster and will be listed as member of the NCA.

Applicants are advised that due to the NCA Board’s meeting schedule and the Newf Tide deadlines, the process may take as long as six months. 

Current fees and dues are as follows:

 Application Fee (non-refundable$45.00 
 Membership Type (per year) 
 Single $80.00
 Family (Double) $85.00
 Junior (< 18 years) $1.00
 Junior + Newf Tide Subscription $13.00

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