We help our members fully realize the potential of their versatile hunting dogs. We sponsor NAVHDA sanctioned test in the fall and hold monthly training sessions. We are a family oriented chapter and encourage you to come participate at our events.
An Introduction to NAVHDA
The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs before and after the shot and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging nonselective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.
The organization’s first goal is the presentation of a philosophy of training and training techniques which will enable the innovative hunter/trainer to overcome potential training pitfalls and develop a truly versatile and enjoyable hunting companion. Secondly, is to assemble and pass along information in the care of the versatile dog both at home and in the field. Any hunting companion responds better to training and works more effectively in the field if it receives proper care, feeding, housing, and grooming.
NAVHDA is organized on two levels:
The first level, NAVHDA International, operates under bylaws approved by its membership. These bylaws provide for officers elected by popular vote, who together with appointed directors, constitute an Executive Council charged with furnishing direction and guidance to NAVHDA programs.
The second level, local chapters of NAVHDA, are the "grass roots" organizations, which sponsor the training and testing programs. There are sanctioned chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
The Versatile Hunting Dog Breeds
The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association defines versatility as "the dog that is bred and trained to dependably hunt and point game, to retrieve on both land and water, and to track wounded game on both land and water." ~ NAVHDA Aims, Programs, Test Rules
In the field, a versatile dog should exhibit a fine nose, staunch pointing and the desire to search for, track and retrieve game in a cooperative manner. A versatile dog needs to further prove his independence, stamina and quality of nose by transferring his search for, and retrieving of game, to the water. NAVHDA's testing program provides an opportunity for dogs to exhibit these characteristics while remaining obedient and in control at all times. True versatile dogs should perform all tasks with enthusiasm and be willing to work with, and for, their handlers.
The versatile breeds, as we know them today, are products of Europe. No distinctive versatile hunting breed has been developed in North America.