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.
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Water Rescue

The Newfoundland is exceptionally well built for water work. He has a water resistant double coat, a strong muscled tail which is used as a rudder, webbed feet, ears that cling close to the head, and a strong swimming style resembling a breast stroke.

Great Britain first sponsored formal water tests for Newfoundlands in the late 1800's. The Newfoundland Club of American began its water tests in 1973, with the first test in this country being held by the Great Lakes Newfoundland Club in Michigan more

Obedience training helps ensure that your Newfoundland is a "good citizen" at home and in public.  Enroll in a class today.  It will be an investment that lasts a lifetime. 

For more information about how to find a trainer, certificates, titles and more, see the American Kennel Club web site.  Within the AKC site look for information about the Canine Good Citizen program and Obedience.

AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and their handlers to meet some human needs for tracking and finding lost humans or other animals, as well as, demonstrating the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess.

For more information about how to get started in tracking see the American Kennel Club web site.


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. more


Running a Newfoundland in an agility trial is the ultimate game for you and your dog and is one of the most exciting canine
sports for spectators. In an agility trial, a dog demonstrates its agile nature and versatility by following cues from the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other objects. Itís an activity that strengthens the bond between dog and handler and provides fun and exercise for both, which might explain why itís so enjoyable to watch and has become the fastest growing dog sport in the U.S.!

For more information about how to get started in agility see the American Kennel Club web site.

Therapy Dogs
Delta Society (now Pet Partners)
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Therapy Dog International Inc. (TDI)
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