7 New breeds have been added to AKC hunt tests as of 9-1-2011 .
American Water Spaniels (effective 4/1/11)
German Shorthaired Pointer (effective 9/1/11)
German Wirehaired Pointer (effective 9/1/11)
Irish Water Spaniels
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
Spinone Italiano (effective 7/1/11)
Vizsla (effective 9/1/11)
Weimaraner (effective 9/1/11)
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (effective 7/1/11)
It seems to me that Retriever tests, both field trial and hunt tests, have always favored Labrador Retrievers as far as the set up of the test. For some time in field trials shear speed and straight lines placed the dogs. I got out of field trials in 2002 when my main interest switched to family time. I continued to train and run a few hunt test but lost track of what was really going on at trials. It seemed that hunt tests were a little more balanced for the Retriever breeds, Labs, Chessies, and Goldens, but I donít think they show up in the master level in representative numbers. Itís still predominantly Labs. Qualified for this yearís Master Hunt Test in Maryland are mostly Labs. Out of 697 dogs listed as of July 31:
76 are Golden Retrievers, 20 are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, 6 Flat Coated Retrievers, 2 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, 1 Poodle, 1 Curly Coated Retriever and 1 American Water Spaniel.
590 are Labradors About 85% .
Do you think the tests should be reviewed and altered to allow for other breeds strengths?
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