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Earth Dog
Earth Dog
Earth Dog
Earth Dog

If you have a small terrier or a Dachshund, you’ve undoubtedly already discovered their penchant to dig, stick their face underground, and emerge with something in his mouth, be it a mouse, a squirrel or some other creature. After you stop screaming in fright, your first instinct might be to reprimand him for catching that poor animal but really, you should reward him! He’s simply doing what these dogs were bred to do: To hunt underground, and that’s what Earthdog tests assess.

Earthdog tests gauge how good a hunter your dog really is. They’re non-competitive and each dog is judged on his own abilities for seeking and locating rodents underground. But fear not, rodent lovers: In these tests, rats are safely caged and not harmed!

If you are brand new to the world of Earthdog and would like to get involved, you should attend a test in your area by checking out the event calendar.  AKC Clubs can be a great source of education for newcomers. Check out what clubs are licensed in your area by going to our online club directory.

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  • Eligibility +

    • At least 6 months of age.
    • Physically sound and up-to-date on all inoculations and health check-ups.
    • Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate.
    • Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate.
    • Monorchid or cryptorchid males are eligible to participate.
    • Bitches in season are not eligible to participate.
    • Blind and/or deaf dogs may not participate.
    • Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.
    • One of the eligible breeds:
      • Australian Terrier
      • Bedlington Terrier
      • Border Terrier
      • Cairn Terrier
      • Cesky Terrier
      • Dachshund
      • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
      • Glen of Imaal Terrier
      • Jagdterrier
      • Lakeland Terrier
      • Manchester Terrier
      • Miniature Bull Terrier
      • Miniature Pinscher
      • Miniature Schnauzer
      • Norfolk Terrier
      • Norwich Terrier
      • Parson Russell Terrier
      • Rat Terrier
      • Russell Terrier
      • Scottish Terrier
      • Sealyham Terrier
      • Silky Terrier
      • Skye Terrier
      • Smooth Fox Terrier
      • Welsh Terrier
      • West Highland White Terrier
      • Wire Fox TerrierYorkshire Terrier

  • Get Started +

    The purpose of non-competitive Earthdog tests is to offer breeders and owners of small Terriers and Dachshunds a standardized gauge to measure their dogs’ natural aptitude and trained hunting and working behaviors when exposed to an underground hunting situation. The noncompetitive program begins with a basic introduction to den work and quarry and progresses through gradual steps to require the dog to demonstrate that it is willing to perform the required tasks including seeking its quarry, locating and working it underground.

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    With over 22,000 annual events, there is a sport for you.


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