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Versatile Hunting Dog Federation of Canada (VHDF-Canada) Field Tests and Scores

This webpage was and last updated on February 23, 2020 by Sheila Schmutz

VHDF-Canada Tests are based on the tests of the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation, which began in 2007. The first test in Canada was offered in September 2007 in Alvena, Saskatchewan, near Saskatoon. A test has been offered there every year since.

In fall 2015, VHDF-Canada began offering tests in Alvena, Saskatchewan.

Tests Offered

VHDF Testing at a Glance

Hunters make diverse demands of their dogs, especially those hunters pursuing upland birds, waterfowl and possibly big game. Such a wide range of uses is possible because versatile dogs have been selected for a greater range of behavioural responses than any other type of dog. VHDF tests have been designed as a tool to help breeders maintain this exemplary range of performance in their breed.

Some of the VHDF tested traits can be greatly affected by training (e.g. obedience) while others are more purely ability and also more highly heritable (e.g. use of nose). In keeping with a service orientation for breeders, VHDF tests focus heavily on ability and less so on trained responses. For example, there is no obedience judged in the Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) for young dogs, a moderate amount in the Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (AHAE; e.g. steadiness), and most in the Performance Evaluation (PE). In the PE test, an experienced dog is expected to function as an integral member of the hunting team in all aspects of bird hunting.

The table above offers a quick overview of the tasks and abilities evaluated in each test. Note that scores in the green and yellow shaded portions of the chart are doubled in the final score to give more weight to these "ability" subjects compared to the largely trained subjects shown in blue.

Field Tests Described

A short summary of each test is available as pdf downloads via the links below.

  • Level 1 - Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE)
  • Level 2 - Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (AHAE) revised 2020
  • Level 3 - Performance Evaluation (PE) revised 2020

    Test descriptions for the HAE and AHAE and PE are available for download on the U.S. VDHF website.

  • Passing Scores for Field Tests

    VHDF performance scores, categories and interpretation are as follows:

    VHDF has not set a pass/fail point, except for blood tracking, because:

    Total test scores with their corresponding word descriptions:

    A separate webpage shows the passing scores, adopted by one breed, the Large Munsterlander, for the HAE and AHAE tests, as an example.

    Test Scores

    The test scores for dogs run in VHDF tests in Canada are available online.

    VHDF-Canada test scores from 2015-2019 are available below. All dogs were tested at tests sponsored by the Saskatoon Gun Dog Club, near Alvena, SK.

    Back to VHDF-Canada Homepage

    For more information on the U.S. VHDF, visit Versatile Hunting Dog Federation

    For more information on VHDF tests held in Canada from 2007-2017, visit VHDF Tests in Saskatchewan