Colonial Newfoundland Club
A sanctioned regional club of the Newfoundland Club of America, serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and that part of West Virginia south of the Marshall-Wetzel County line.
Newfoundland - Draft Dog
Although he is a superior water dog, the Newfoundland has been used and is still used in Newfoundland and Labrador as a true working dog, dragging carts, or more often carrying burdens as a packhorse.

The Newfoundland Club of America encourages its members to foster and maintain the working dog abilities that are such an important part of the history of the breed. Local clubs across the country are encouraged to host Draft Tests and training seminars to promote the working heritage of the Newfoundland dog.

The history of the Newfoundland not only reflects the courage and stamina exhibited in rescuing people from the water, but also shows the draft work abilities of the dogs. They were indispensable to local residents of Newfoundland, particularly fishermen, as the dogs helped them haul in the heavy fishing nets. The dogs were then hitched to carts or wagons to take the day’s catch to market and make other deliveries. They were also used to haul loads of firewood from the forests to their owner’s homes.

Draft work showcases a remarkable bond between dog and handler. The dogs learn many commands, such as back, slow left, right, and stop. They have been trained to ignore any intriguing distractions while harnessed and working. Their handlers learn how to verbally direct their dogs around and through numerous obstacles. The results are truly a team effort.

The NCA Draft Test is a series of exercises designed to promote the working heritage of the Newfoundland dog. There are four parts to the Draft Test, all of which are done off-leash:
Basic Control; Harnessing, Hitching & Equipment Check; Maneuvering Course & Basic Commands; Freight Haul

Upon successful completion of all components of the test, dogs are awarded the title of Draft Dog. Teams are also encouraged to enter, and follow the same requirements as a single dog. Qualifying teams are awarded the title of Team Draft Dog.

For more information on the draft dog exercises, please see the NCA Web Site Page for Draft Dogs.
Draft Test Pictures

2013 Draft Test



2012 Draft Test


Draft Titles

The Newfoundland Club of America awards the following titles for draft test competition

 DD - Draft Dog
   TDD - Team Draft Dog

More Information
Colonial Newfoundland Club
Working Dog Chair: Julie Sharkey

Newfoundland Club of America
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

Orders must be prepaid, checks payable to
Newfoundland Club of America.