Athleticism. Stamina. Courage. An instinct to go, go, go.
These qualities are the essence of the Pointing breed, and why they’re naturally superior hunters. As a dog owner, it’s important to consistently find new ways to stimulate your dog’s natural’s instincts. If you have a Pointing breed, training for and participating in a Pointing Field Trial (“competition”) is a perfect way to do it.
Pointing breed field trials allow a dog to work in the field and be judged in a competitive setting covering a lot of open ground in a short time. These trials allow dogs to display qualities like their keen desire to hunt, their intelligence, ability to find game, style and courage. Some trials will have handlers on horseback while others are considered a walking trial. Pointing Breed field trails are one of the oldest and most traditional of the field events and thousands of dogs have earned titles since its inception. When you and your dog compete, you’re not just having fun with your dog; you’re also carrying on a tradition rich with history and excitement.
All dogs six months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Pointing Field Trials:
- English Setters
- German Shorthaired Pointers
- German Wirehaired Pointers
- Gordon Setters
- Irish Red & White Setters
- Irish Setters
- Spinone Italiano
- Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
- Wirehaired Vizsla
To learn more about eligibility refer to Chapter 8 Section 1 of the Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds.
Most Pointing field trials are held at local AKC clubs, and there are often classes you can take to prepare. Some clubs offer practice sessions or someone might be willing to take you out to work your dog.
We also recommend you attend a few Pointing field trials in person and get the rulebook so you can understand how the judging works.
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- Rules and Regulations for Pointing Breeds Field Trials
- Pointing Breed Field Trial/Hunting Test Procedure Manual
- Pointing Breed Field Trial Eligible Breeds
- Approved Tracking Collars
- Performance Department Contact Info
- Participants with Disabilities
- Downloadable Forms
- Find a Club
- Find an Event
- Points and Awards
- Titles and Abbreviations
- Judges’ Directory
- Judges’ Resources