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National Gun Dog Championship (NGDC)

The NGDC is a Vizsla-only walking trial with 1-hour braces. A "walking" trial differs from horseback trials in that the handler is on foot. The braces are run for an entire hour, and the dogs are required to retrieve. The NGDC event is held annually and includes an additional stake, Open Puppy, also on foot.

National Gun Dog Championship Stake

  1. Qualification
    Open to any Vizsla six months of age or over that has ever placed first, second, third or fourth in an Open-All Age Stake, Amateur All-Age Stake, Open Limited All-Age Stake, Amateur Limited All-Age Stake, Open Gun Dog Stake, Amateur Gun Dog Stake, Open Limited Gun Dog Stake, or Amateur Limited Gun Dog Stake in which at least thirteen (13) dogs started in an AKC licensed or member field trial or has earned a Master Hunter title.
  2. Type of Stake - One Series
    1. One hour (60 minutes) duration.
    2. Retrieving on course in a designated shooting area or may shoot first bird on course.
      Retrieving in a designated shooting area shall be the preferred procedure. The location of retrieving shall be decided by the host Field Trial committee and shall be influenced by the grounds and the designated course. If a designated shooting area is used, it must be of appropriate size to safely accommodate two dogs, their handlers, the gunners, and the judges.
    3. Shooting by designated gunners only.
    4. Walking.
    5. Dogs will be judged in accordance with AKC field trial rules and procedures for pointing breeds requiring a retrieve and according to AKC pointing dog guidelines.
  3. Championship
    If a Champion is declared, the title of NATIONAL GUN DOG CHAMPION of ___ (year) will be bestowed, and three additional placements may be given. Judges‘ Awards of Merit may be awarded. If the judges determine no dogs measured up to championship caliber, a champion will not be declared and first place will be withheld. Placements for 2nd, 3rd and 4th may be given. (approved 6/13/13)

Qualifying on the Line: All Vizslas running in any National Field event (NGDC, NFT) must be free of any disqualifying faults as stated in the Vizsla standard recognized by the American Kennel Club. Please contact Melissa Thomas (mothomas1@gmail.com) with questions about the QOL process.

View the current list of Vizslas that are free of disqualifying faults:

All dogs must have a DNA number in order to participate in VCA National Events. Apply for one today through AKC.

2021 National Gun Dog Championships

2020 National Gun Dog Championships

2019 National Gun Dog Championships

2018 National Gun Dog Championships

2017 National Gun Dog Championships

2016 National Gun Dog Championships

2015 National Gun Dog Championships

2014 National Gun Dog Championships

2013 National Gun Dog Championships

2012 National Gun Dog Championships

2011 National Gun Dog Championships


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