Earthdog title Listings

Earthdog trials test the working ability and instinct of dogs bred to hunt vermin or quarry living in underground dens. Typically, this includes small, short-legged terriers and Dachshunds. Manmade (artificial earth) or natural earth underground tunnels are used for controlled hunting encounters where the quarry (usually two rats) are not endangered by the activity, and neither are the dogs. Earthdog trials tend to be noncompetitive in nature.

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American Kennel Club (AKC)

The AKC earthdog program begins with a basic introduction to den work and quarry and gradually progresses to more required tasks, such as, seeking quarry and working it underground. Compared to American Working Terrier Association tests, fewer breeds are permitted, but more titling opportunities of increasing difficulty are available. Introduction to Quarry is a nonregular, nontitling class that introduces dogs to “going to ground,” following a scent trail, and “working a rat.” Working is defined as barking, digging, scratching, or biting at the bars separating the rat from the dog. All earthdog titles can be added AFTER a dog’s name once they have been awarded. For more information, contact the AKC at http://www.akc.org; earthdog@akc.org; AKC Performance Events, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617-3390; or (919) 816-3908.

 

Title Title Name Titling Requirements
JE Junior Earthdog The entry-level earthdog title. A dog must earn two qualifying scores at Junior Earthdog tests under two judges.
SE Senior Earthdog Requires a JE and three qualifying scores at Senior Earthdog tests under two judges.
ME Master Earthdog Requires an SE and four qualifying scores at Master Earthdog tests under three judges.
EE Endurance Earthdog Awarded to a dog that, on five occasions, passes both the Senior and Master classes at the same earthdog event. This title may be earned repeatedly. A numeric designation following the title (e.g., EE2, EE3, etc.) indicates the number of times a dog has met EE requirements.

 

 

AMERICAN WORKING TERRIER ASSOCIATION (AWTA)

The AWTA was founded to promote and test the working abilities of terriers and Dachshunds. Its earthdog activities predate the AKC’s earthdog program. Testing earths are dug in natural ground; drains and manmade earths are not used. Novice A and B classes are nontitling, instinct tests. Open and Certificate classes ( for dogs with a Certificate of Gameness) use increasingly difficult conditions that differ by length of testing earth, number of angles and turns, time requirements, and other course challenges. For information, contact the AWTA at www.awta.org.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CG Certificate Of Gameness Requires one score of 100% in an Open class at an AWTA-sanctioned trial.
WC Working Certificate Requires a written report of a hunt in natural earth. The report must be signed by the dog owner and an AWTA member who witnessed the bunt.
VE Veteran Earthdog Award A dog must earn 10 Working Certificates.

 

 

CANADIAN KENNEL CLUB (CKC)

The CKC’s earthdog tests are designed to recognize, promote, and preserve the working characteristics of Dachshunds and Terrier breeds bred to go to ground on quarry. Introduction to Quarry is a nontitling, instinct test designed to introduce dogs to earthwork. It is not a prerequisite to more advanced work. Junior, Senior, and Master Earthdog titles are available. For more information, contact the CKC at http://www.ckc.ca; information@ckc.ca; 200 Ronson Drive, Suite 400, Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5Z9; or (416) 675-5511.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
JE Junior Earthdog The entry-level earthdog title. Requires qualifying scores at two Junior Earthdog tests under two judges.
SE Senior Earthdog Requires a JE and qualifying scores at three Senior Earthdog tests under at least two judges.
MA Master Earthdog Requires an SE and qualifying scores at four Master Earthdog tests under at least two judges.

 

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