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The Club

Club Objectives:

• To preserve and protect Newfoundland Dogs.

• To endorse the standard of the breed as approved by the Newfoundland Club of America and accepted by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Newfoundland Dogs shall be judged.

• To bring together, in friendly counsel and association, fanciers of the Newfoundland breed.

• To encourage responsible Newfoundland and general dog ownership through education, mentoring, and example.

• To encourage good sportsmanship at dog shows, obedience trials, working trials and all other competitive and non-competive events featuring Newfoundland Dogs.

• To conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows, obedience trials, and working trials under the rules of the Newfoundland Club of America and the American Kennel Club.

• To sponsor events where Newfoundland Dog owners and lovers can meet, socialize, share knowledge and experience about the breed with each other, and educate the public about the breed.

History of The Club

The Northstar Newfoundland Club was organized in April 1987 and constitutionally chartered in August 1989.

The Newfoundland Club of America officially recognized the Northstar Newfoundland Club as a Regional Club in April 1993.

Northstar welcomes individuals interested in Newfoundlands whether they have a Newf or are just trying to learn about the breed. The club hosts social activities such as educational meetings, picnics, and participation in organized activities such as parades.

Active in the working dog events, the Club sponsored their first draft workshop at Sechler Park in Northfield, MN in October, 1993 and held its first draft test in 1994. The Club held its first Water Workshop in August, 1996 at Lake Kohlmeier, Owatonna, MN and its first water test was held at Ham Lake in 2003. The Club continues to host periodic workshops and/or tests in both Draft and Water Rescue.

Since 1994, the St Cloud Civic Center in St Cloud, MN has been the location of the Northstar NCA Regional Specialty Shows, where conformation and obedience Newfoundlands have their chance to shine. Team obedience in costume has been a highlight at these shows. Northstar's specialty shows have used a theme displayed in custom designed artwork by charter member Sandy Donnay.

The club logo was adopted from a rendering done by Rick Lundstom in February, 1990. It displays a black and silver intermix on a field of Northstar Green.

Look for the Northstar Newfoundland Club's mascot "Oolam", a rustic plaster cast Newfoundland Dog. Oolam was named by contest at our first specialty.

There are club members who are knowledgable and have participated in a variety of other activities with their Newfoundlands including: Agility, Rally, Therapy Dog Work, Tracking and Canine Good Citizen. Other club members are active with their Newfoundlands as family members and companions at the club's social events such as walking in parades and bell ringing for charity.