Hunt Tests - Overview
Breed Hunting Tests evaluate a dog's hunting abilities on different elements
of pointing and retrieving. Hunting tests are non-competitive events in
which the dog's ability to perform is judged against a standard of perfection
established by the AKC Regulations. Dogs receiving qualifying scores at
a number of tests achieve titles of Junior Hunter (JH), Senior Hunter
(SH) and Master Hunter (MH); each successive title requires more skill
and training. Dogs can now continue running at the same level for Advanced titles (JHA, SHA, MHA) as well. Most Brittanys with a good degree of natural hunting instinct
are able to earn a Junior Hunter title with little or no training. Senior
and Master Hunter titles are successively more demanding, with a Master
Hunter being a finished, reliable hunting dog requiring little guidance
from its handler.
Hunting tests are an ideal venue for foot hunters, as horseback
handling is prohibited. Junior Hunting tests are a good starting ground
for novice dogs and handlers, and an excellent way to introduce yourself
and your dog to the world of AKC field events.
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