Hunt History

Historically, AKC Field Trials were created as the ultimate performance event to test a dog’s form and function. Owners, breeders, and spectators alike, could watch handlers and their dogs work together as a team to showcase what they were bred to do. AKC Hunting Tests were introduced later as a non-competitive event to test a dog’s instincts in the field. In 1986, following the success of the Retriver Hunting Tests, a seminar was hosted by the Westminster Kennel Club, showcasing the Hunting Test program for Retrievers, Pointing Breeds, and Spaniels, and was attended by 550 people. The idea of Hunting Tests for Pointing Breeds became popular and by 2007 Westminster held its first Sanctioned Hunting Test Pointing Breeds Match.

The Westminster Kennel Club Hunting Test Pointing Breeds became an annual AKC-licensed event from 2008 to 2015 and included Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter, and Master Hunter classes. The well-attended tests were held at the Tamarack Game Preserve in upstate New York. The Hunting Test Pointing Breeds events drew yearly entries from at least 18 to a high of 30 in 2012. In 2014, the event was expanded to a two-day event with more than twenty entries each day. The last Hunting Test Pointing Breeds event was held on September 19-20, 2015 in Millbrook, New York.

To learn more about Hunt Test see our Hunt 101 page.