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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.

BI – Bracco Italiano
BA – Braque D’auvergne
BB – Braque Du Bourbonnais
BF – Braque Francais
BS – Brittany
CF – Cesky Fousek
DP – Drentse Partridge
ES – English Setter
FP – French Spaniel
GL – German Longhaired Pointer
GS – German Shorthaired Pointer
GW – German Wirehaired Pointer
GO – Gordon Setter
IR – Irish Red & White Setter

IS – Irish Setter
LM – Large Munsterlander
PS – Picardy Spaniel
PT – Pointer
PO – Portuguese Pointer
PP – Pudelpointer
SH – Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer
SM – Small Munsterlander
SP – Spinone
ST – Stichelhaar
VI – Vizsla
WM – Weimaraner
GR – Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
WV – Wirehaired Vizsla