Field Title Listings

Field events test a hunting dog’s ability to perform the functions for which it was bred. Sporting breeds can participate in field events for retrievers, pointing breeds, or spaniels. Sighthounds can earn field championship titles in lure coursing; while Basset Hounds, Beagles, and Dachshunds can earn field championships in scent trailing events. Coonhounds have their own multi-faceted field event structure. By design, field events are either noncompetitive or competitive. For sporting dogs, hunt tests are noncompetitive events wherein a dog’s ability to perform is judged against certain written standards. Field trials, on the other hand, are highly competitive and required a higher degree of precision and training. Dogs compete against each other and one dog is the winner. Field trials cover much longer distances and are much more complex than hunt tests.

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American Kennel Club (AKC)

Like other AKC performance events, field events are generally breed specific, which means that eligible breeds were developed to perform certain types of field work. Sporting dog hunt test and field trial titles can be earned in the AKC’s hunt test and field trial programs. Titling requirements differ by breed and breed type. Gun Dog titles involve gun dog or bird dog tests where pointing dogs typically work closer to the handler and hunt upland birds. Hounds can earn field titles in the AKC’s lure coursing program. Basset Hounds, Beagles, and Coonhounds also have their own field events. All field titles listed, except AFC and FC, can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. Amateur Field Champion (AFC) and Field Champion (FC) are championship titles and are therefore listed before a dog’s name. Given the breed-specific nature of field events and field titles, we recommend contacting your breed’s parent club and the AKC for more detailed information about titling opportunities. For more information, contact the AKC at http://www.akc.org ; fieldtrials@akc.org; huntingtests@akc.org; AKC Performance Events, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617-3390; or (919) 816-3908.

 

Title Title Name Titling Requirements
JH Junior Hunter Requires passes (qualifying scores) in four Junior hunting tests.
SH Senior Hunter Requires five passes in Senior hunting tests. However, if a dog has already earned a Junior Hunter title, only four Senior Hunter passes are required.
MH Master Hunter Requires six passes in Master hunting tests. However, if a dog has already earned a Senior Hunter title, only five Master Hunter passes are required.
AFC Amateur Field Champion Varies by breed and breed type (retrievers, pointing breeds, etc.). A dog must be handled by an amateur and earn a specified number of points and wins in designated events or, in some cases, win a national championship stake.
FC Field Champion Varies by breed and breed type (retrievers, pointing breeds, spaniels, hounds, etc.). Coonhounds have their own FC titling program. A dog must earn a specified number of points and wins in designated events or, in some cases, win a national championship stake.
MNH Master National Hunter A dog must pass the Master National hunting test three times. Each additional time a dog passes the Master National will be indicated by a numeric designation behind the MNH title (e.g., MNH4, MNH6, etc.). The MNH is in addition to a dog’s MH title.
NAFC National Amateur Field Champion The winner of the annual National Amateur Championship stake is awarded the National Amateur Field Champion title.
NFC National Field Champion The winner of the annual National Open Championship stake is awarded the National Field Champion title.
GDSC Gun Dog Stake Champion The winner of an Open Gun Dog Championship stake will be awarded a Gun Dog Stake Champion title.
NAGDC National Amateur Gun Dog Champion The winner of a National Amateur Gun Dog stake at a national gun dog championship is awarded the title of National Amateur Gun Dog Champion.
NGDC National Gun Dog Champion The winner of a National Open Gun Dog Championship stake is awarded the title of National Gun Dog Champion
NOGDC National Open Gun Dog Champion The winner of the annual National Open Gun Dog Championship stake is awarded the title of National Open Gun Dog Champion.
RGDSC Retrieving Gun Dog Champion The winner of a Retrieving Gun Dog Championship stake is awarded the title of Retrieving Gun Dog Stake Champion.
DC Dual Champion Any dog that has been awarded the title of Champion of Record (Ch.) will be designated a Dual Champion after it has also been awarded either a Field Champion (FC) or Herding Champion (HC) title.
TC Triple Champion Any dog that is a Dual Champion (DC) and has earned an Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH), Tracking Champion (CT), or Agility Champion (MACH) title.

 

 

CANADIAN KENNEL CLUB (CKC)

The CKC offers hunting and field tests for a number of dog breeds and breed types, including, retrievers, pointing breeds, spaniels, sighthounds, and scenthounds. Retrievers, along with Irish Water Spaniels and Standard Poodles, can also participate in basic working certificate tests that encourage dogs to develop their natural hunting instincts. Once they are awarded, all titles, except championship titles, can be added after a dog’s name. FCh, FChX, AFTCh, FTCh, NAFTCh, and NFTCh can all be added before a dog’s name. 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
WC Working Certificate Requires one pass (qualifying score).
WCI Working Certificate Intermediate Requires a WC and one WCI pass.
WCX Working Certificate Excellent Requires a WCI and one WCX pass.
WS Working Spaniel Open to spaniels. Requires one pass.
JH Junior Hunter Requires three passes (qualifying scores) in Junior Hunter tests.
SH Senior Hunter Requires five passes in Senior Hunter tests. If a dog has earned a JH, only four Senior Hunter passes are required.
MH Master Hunter Requires six passes in Master Hunter tests. If a dog has earned a SH, only five Master Hunter passes are required.
GMH Grand Master Hunter Requires a MH and 10 additional Master Hunter passes
FCh Field Champion (lure coursing) Requires 100 points and one 1st place or two 2nd places.
FChX Field Champion Excellent (lure coursing) Requires an FCh and a total of five 1st places and 300 points (which includes the 1st place, if applicable, and the 100 points earned for the FCh title).
FDJ Field Dog Junior (pointing) For pointing breeds. Requires three passes in Field Dog Junior tests.
FD Field Dog (pointing) For pointing breeds. Requires an FDJ and three passes in Field Dog tests.
FDX Field Dog Excellent (pointing) For pointing breeds. Requires an FD and three passes in Field Dog Excellent tests.
AFTCh Amateur Field Champion (retrieving) Handled by an amateur, a dog must win a National Championship stake or win 15 points with at least one win of 5 points or better in All-Age stakes.
FTCh Field Trial Champion (retrieving) A dog must win a National Championship stake or win 10 points with at least one win of 5 points or better in All-Age stakes.
FTCh Field Trial Champion (scenting) Open to Basset Hounds, Beagles, and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. A dog must earn a combination of wins and championship points in Open All-Age classes.
NAFTCh National Amateur Field Trial Champion The winner of the annual National Amateur Championship stake is awarded the National Amateur Field Trial Champion title.
NFTCh National Field Trial Champion The winner of the annual National Open Championship stake is awarded the National Field Trial Champion title.

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA)

NAHRA uses simulated upland and waterfowl hunting scenarios to test a dog’s natural hunting ability and training. NAHRA originated the use of noncompetitive “standards” to test retriever skills. Dogs compete against a set of standards, not against each other. In addition to four primary titling levels, NAHRA offers an optional Beginner stake designed to introduce inexperienced dogs and/or inexperienced handlers to field tests. Once earned, all titles can be added after a dog’s name, except for Grand Master Hunting Retriever Champion (GMHRC).. Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact NAHRA at www.nahra.org/; PO Box 5159, Fredericksburg, VA 22403; or (540) 899-7620.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
SR Started Hunting Retriever nahra’S entry level hunting title. Requires four passes (qualifying runs) in Started field tests.
HR Hunting Retriever Requires four passes in Hunter field tests.
WR Working Retriever Requires four passes in Intermediate field tests.
MHR Master Hunting Retriever Requires five passes in Senior field tests.
GMHR Grand Master Hunting Retriever Requires an MHR and 15 additional passes in Senior field tests.
GMHRC Grand Master Hunting Retriever Champion Requires an MHR and 50 additional passes in Senior field tests.

 

 

UNITED KENNEL CLUB (UKC)

The UKC offers a wide variety of hunting and field events that are designed to closely simulate real hunting scenarios. Toward that end, it has affiliated with The Hunting Retriever Club (HRC), whose hallmarks are hunting realism in sporting competitions and the promotion of hunting retrievers and hunters. The UKC’s hunting program is run through HRC events. The UKC’s role is to maintain the HRC registry and provide titling opportunities for HRC participants. Unlike most dog titling protocols, all UKC hunting and field titles are used in front of a dog’s name. In addition to the retriever and pointing dog titling opportunities described below, the UKC also offers field testing programs for Beagles, Coonhounds, and Cur and Feist dogs (small hunting and treeing dogs of lesser known breeds). Since these programs are so specialized, titling opportunities are not outlined here. We recommend visiting the UKC website for further information. For more information, contact the UKC at http://www.ukcdogs.com; dogevents@ukcdogs.com; 100 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584 ; or (269) 343-9020 extension 105 or 106. Contact the HRC at http://www.huntingretrieverclub.org/.

Hunting Retriever Events
Title Title Name Titling Requirements
SHR Started Hunting Retriever Requires four passes (qualifying scores) in the Started category.
HR Hunting Retriever A dog must earn 40 championship points, 30 of which must be earned at the Seasoned or Finished level.
HRCH Hunting Retriever Champion A dog must earn 100 championship points, 60 of which must be earned in the Finished category.
GHRCH Grand Hunting Retriever Champion A dog must earn 200 additional points in the Finished, Grand, or Upland categories (40 points max from Upland) after the HRCH title is earned—for a total of 300 points. Eighty of the additional 200 points must be earned by passing two Grand Hunts.
UH Upland Hunter A dog must earn 40 Upland Hunter Championship points.
Pointing Dog Events*
Title Title Name Titling Requirements
TAN Natural Ability Test A pointing instinct test that requires one successful run. A dog, working solo, is given 5– 10 minutes to point birds in a field.
HUNT Hunt The entry level gun dog title. Requires three passes in the Gun Dog class.
GUN Gun Requires three passes in the Gun Dog class, with at least one 1st place or two 2nd places (reserve) under different judges.
TR Trialer Requires three passes in the Open Dog class, with at least one 1st place or two 2nd places (reserve) under different judges.
CHF Champion Of The Field Requires three 1st places in the Open Dog class under different judges.
GRCHF Grand Champion Of The Field Requires five 1st places in the Open Dog class under different judges. At least two of these wins must be in braces competition.

*In either the Open Dog class or the Gun Dog class, a dog that has satisfied the requirements for a particular title or championship more than once is able to receive multiple titles or championship designations. For example, a dog could earn 2XHUNT, 3XGUN, 4XCHF, etc.


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