AKC Retriever Hunting Tests are designed to give the dog owner a good, basic hunting dog and provide a place to run and compete. The dog is not competing against other dogs, but against a standard. This standard was established by AKC as a means of judging good hunting retrievers and is modified periodically as and when needed.
Dogs are evaluates by judges at three different levels:
All dogs six months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Retriever Hunting Tests:
AKC Recognized and FSS Breeds
American Water Spaniels
Drentsche Patrijshond (Drent)
English Springer Spaniels (11/1/22)
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Irish Water Spaniels
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Vizsla (6/1/22)
Rules and eligible breeds are always being updated. Please visit the AKC website for the most up to date information.
This website is the hub used for entering most hunt tests and also used for signing up for local seminars in many states. If you are wanting to look for hunt tests in your area, this is a great way to get started.
A centralized hub for information regarding hunt tests and events in Minnesota specifically. This is a great resource for finding other hunting clubs and organizations in the Minnesota area.
The AKC website is important for managing your dog’s registration and finding events in your area. You can learn more about your breed among much else on their website.
The UKS website is where you should go if you are considering entering UKC hunt tests. You can manage your dog’s registration and find events on their website along with much more.
If you want to see more information about retrieving, Retriever News is a great site to visit. Here you can manage various news subscriptions, and keep up to date on what is happening in the retriever world.
Also known as the NAHRA. This is another great resource to see news and other hunting retriever evens. These are different than the AKC hunt test.