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 judged in three divisions:
Junior — Test consists of two single marked retrieves on land and two single marked retrieves on water.
Senior — Test consists of a minimum of four situations including one double land mark, one double water mark, a land blind and a water blind. One of these situations will include a walk-up. Diversion shots and honoring are required and may include trailing, quartering and flushing. Blinds should not be run between marks.
Master — Test consists of a minimum of three series including multiple marks on land and water. At least one of the situations will include a diversion bird and one of the situations will include a walk-up. Water and land blinds will be encountered with one being a double blind. Diversion shots and honoring is required. The test may include quartering, flushing and trailing.
AKC Hunting Tests are open to dogs six months of age or older in all eligible breeds: