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Hunt Tests

AKC Hunting Tests for Pointing Breeds are an event where both the training and hunting ability of a potential or polished gun dog are evaluated against a written standard. It is strictly a pass/fail event where handler and dog are not in competition with any other entrant but themselves.

There are three levels that are divided by training and ability, and every dog that meets the written requirements shall receive a passing score, unlike field trials that will have only one winner. Since dogs and handlers are not competing against each other, hunt tests are typically a more relaxed and family-friendly experience. The level the dog is tested in depends on the level of training. There is no maximum age requirement, but all entrants must be over 6-months of age. Dogs who receive enough passing scores in at a particular level will earn the title of Junior Hunter (JH), Senior Hunter (SH), or Master Hunter (MH).

Every dog that meets the written requirements for its test level shall receive a passing score, unlike field trials where only a few dogs receive placements and collect points toward a field championship. Since dogs and handlers do not compete against each other, hunt tests are typically a more relaxed and family-friendly experience. The level the dog is tested in depends on the level of training. There is no maximum age requirement, but all entrants must be over 6 months of age.

Dogs are scored in hunting, bird-finding, pointing, and trainability in Junior Hunter.  Additionally, Senior and Master dogs are scored in retrieving and honoring.

Dogs who receive enough passing scores in a particular level will earn the title of Junior Hunter (JH), Senior Hunter (SH), or Master Hunter (MH).

Complete Hunt Test regulations can be found on the AKC website.

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