What are HUNTING TESTS?
Hunting tests are designed to evaluate the abilities of various types of dogs by testing them against a standard. Dogs are tested at various levels and when the requirements of a level are met, the dog will be awarded a title. The sporting breed group includes spaniels, retrievers and pointing dogs. Committees and judges will design tests and courses that will simulate hunting conditions as closely as possible.
The Working Certificate Test (WC) was established by the FCRSA primarily to encourage the use and maintenance of the natural working and retrieving abilities of the Flat-Coated Retriever and as a useful aid in the selection of breeding stock.
The WC test is designed to test the natural abilities of the Flatcoat including memory, intelligence, attention, nose, marking ability, courage, perseverance and style. The WCX test is designed to test the Flatcoat’s trainability in addition to its natural abilities which include memory, intelligence, attention, marking ability, nose, courage, perseverance and style.
Kingsbridge Flat-Coated Retrievers and Hunting
Tralee earned her WC at the test hosted by the Flat-Coated Retriever Club of Illinois on August 29, 2010 and her American Kennel Club Junior Hunter title in 2016. Caris passed the United Kennel Club Started Hunting Retriever tests and WC in 2016. She earned her Junior Hunter title in 2018. Handfull is in training and hasn’t entered any tests yet but hopes to in the future just like mom and grammy.