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Hunt Tests


What is a Hunt Test?


A Hunt Test is an event at which the natural ability and training of gun dogs are evaluated against a written standard defined by and conducted under the rules set forth by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Hunt tests are always a walking event. Tests are administered at the Junior, Senior or Master level based on ability. The type of bird planted in the field can vary based on the location of the test and availability of birds.

Dogs are released in pairs called “braces” at the starting line known as “the breakaway” with handlers following. Behind the handlers are the judges (generally on horseback) and behind them spectators, referred to as “the gallery”. The objective is for the dogs to find and “point” birds. At the Junior Hunter level, little preparation or training is required, as the scoring is based more on natural ability. Dogs are evaluated and graded in four areas: hunting, bird finding ability, pointing and trainability. In order to “pass” the test, a dog must receive a “Qualifying” score. Four qualifying scores are needed to receive the Junior Hunter title.  At the Senior and Master levels, retrieving and honoring are added to the required elements. Five qualifying scores must be obtained for these titles.


Would you like to learn more?

If you would like to experience Vizslas in the field doing what comes to them naturally, make plans to attend our next Hunt Test. We are always looking for volunteers to help with various functions of the Hunt Test as well, and we provide free on-the-job training.

The CWVC will gladly introduce you to an experienced club member in your area to help get you involved if you think this might be something that you and your Vizsla would like to do!

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