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07 American Kennel Club: Field Trials




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This article is from the American Kennel Club FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore rpd-info@netcom.com with numerous contributions by others.

07 American Kennel Club: Field Trials

Field Trials have been around as long as conformation trials.
Conformation and Field Trials were originally used to evaluate both
the conformation and performance of breeding stock. However, the
competition in each has specialized and intensified to the extent that
since about the '50s, there have been very few dual champions compared
with prior to that time, and almost none in the Retriever Field
trials. This happened to the Kennel Club of Great Britain as well, so
the problem is not necessarily due to the AKC itself.

Basset Hounds

Beagles

Dachshunds

Pointing Breeds

Pointers

AKC Retriever Field Trials

The dog must win a National Championship stake or a total of 10
points. The points must be won in one of three stakes: Open All-Age,
Limited All-Age, or Special All-Age stake. There must be at least 12
starters. Dogs get 5 points for first place, 3 points for second
place, 1 point for third place, and .5 point for fourth place. At
least five of the points must come from a trial open to all retrievers
(not a specialty trial) and the dog has to win at least one first
place.

To win a retriever Amateur Field Championship: The dog must win a
National Championship stake handled by an amateur, win a National
Amateur Championship stake, or a total of 10 points in Open All-Age,
Limited All-Age, or Special All-Age Stakes (amateur handled). Or they
can win 15 points in any All-Age stake (amateur handled). Again, dogs
get 5 points for first place, 3 points for second place, 1 point for
third place, and .5 point for fourth place. Again, at least five of
the points must come from a trial open to all retrievers (not a
specialty trial) and the dog has to win a first place.

Spaniels



 

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