The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They can be either black, brown, grey or white-and-black (called Landseer).  They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in the Dominion of Newfoundland (which is now part of Canada). They are known for their giant size, intelligence, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities. Newfoundlands have been used for many, many years as draft and carting dogs – hauling fish to market and even hauling the mail in their home province. Modern day Newfoundlands still work in these historic disciplines and additionally work in search and rescue, therapy, and as service dogs.

The Show Newfoundland

Newfoundlands compete with other purebred dogs in the sport of Conformation, the “beauty contest” of the dog world. In Conformation, dogs are evaluated on many aspects including their structure, movement, and coat to name just a few. The judge evaluates each dog on its closeness to the ideal Newfoundland as described in the breed standard. […]

Water Rescue

The Newfoundland instinctively possesses strong natural abilities for water rescue. Throughout history heroic Newfoundlands have saved countless human lives through their feats of bravery in the water. The Newfoundland Club of America’s water rescue test was created to promote and encourage the innate rescue skills of the breed. Newfoundland Club of Seattle has hosted an […]

Draft and Carting

The Newfoundland Club of America (NCA) Draft Test is a series of exercises intended to develop and demonstrate the abilities of Newfies in a working situation. The Draft Test is comprised of six exercises. All exercises must be passed to earn the NCA Draft Dog title (DD). Newfoundlands can also earn the Team Draft Dog […]

Obedience Work

You’ll often find Newfoundlands demonstrating their intelligence and willingness to work in obedience competitions. Obedience is a sport that demonstrates the usefulness of a dog as a companion to humankind. Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge’s mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series […]


Many Newfs and their owners enjoy the active outdoor sport of tracking. Tracking training teaches the dog to use its extremely high level of scent capability to follow a scent trail to a “lost” item. Tracking Titles: Tracking Dog (TD) – track of 440 to 500 yards long with three to five changes of direction. […]


How many times have you felt blue and with just a hug from your Newf, your world all of a sudden became brighter? Just think what a wonderful feeling it would be if you could share that experience with others. Animal-assisted therapy programs allow you to do just that. Therapy dogs bring love, smiles and, […]

Rally Obedience

Rally is a companion sport to traditional Obedience. Both sports require a high level of teamwork between dog and handler. In Rally competition, the dog and handler must negotiate a course of 10 to 20 stations which they move through at their own pace. Communication between handler and the dog is encouraged and a key […]

Agility with Newfs

Newfies love agility! A fast, fun sport with tunnels, jumps, and other obstacles. The dog and handler must negotiate all the course obstacles in the proper order. There is a time limit so speed is essential. At each event, the order of the obstacles and the course are unique. The handler walks through the course […]