Field Trials - Overview
Trials offer practical demonstrations of a dog's ability to perform the
functions for which it was bred. In Field Trials, the dogs compete against
each other for placements and points toward their championships. Successful
dogs earn an FC (Field Champion) title in front of their names on AKC
records. Dogs can also earn Amateur Field Championships (AFC) by winning
in Amateur Stakes ("Amateur" refers to the dog's handler.) Dogs with both
a show Championship (CH) and an FC title earn the distinctive title of
Dual Champion (DC). This title has been earned by over 600 Brittanys --
more than all the other pointing breeds combined! See
the full list of Dual Champion Brittanys
The AKC has offered Pointing Breed Field Trials since 1924. Stakes (classes) are offered for everything from puppies
who may have little or no training and are judged on their potential,
to finished bird dogs who hunt at great range with little direction from
their handler. The dogs are run in braces (pairs) around a course on which
birds are released so that they can demonstrate their ability to find
birds, point staunchly, remain steady to wing and shot, and, in some cases,
retrieve downed birds. Most field trial dogs are handled from horseback,
but handlers can choose to walk in any stake, and many clubs offer all-walking
stakes or even complete walking field trials.
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