Dog, handler and judge
Heartland Spring Test 2014

The Intermediate Hunting Dog Test (IHDT) is designed to test the young dog several months after he/she has been tested in a Natural Ability Test (NAT), but before the dog has been completely trained for the Utility Field Test (UFT). The IHDT is in reality a Breeding Test with several purposes: (1) to evaluate the natural abilities of the dog again when he/she is more mature; (2) to determine how well the dog takes to training; and (3) whether or not the dog should be used for breeding. In Europe this test is called a “Fall Breeding Test”, and no dog can be considered for breeding unless it has qualified in this test.Dogs are eligible for the IHDT from the age of 16 months up until and including the day they reach 24 months of age. Dogs that are over the age limit may be entered, but the test will be called Older Hunting Dog Test (OHDT). In this case the category of “Obedience” will be judged more severely. It will be expected that the dog has had more training and therefore should be more obedient. The age of the dog will be taken into account when all judgments are made.In IHDT, dogs are evaluated in 4 categories:

Water Work

  • Tracking Duck In Water
  • Retrieve of Duck From Deep Water
  • Blind Retrieve O Duck From Heavy Reeds

Field Work

  • Searching
  • Pointing
  • Retrieve Of Dragged Dead Game
  • Tracking Live Game Bird
  • Tracking Live Hare Or Rabbit-(Optional)
  • Retrieve Of Dragged Game,Fur-(Optional)

Judged Throughout

  • Nose And Use Of Nose
  • Attitude Toward Working
  • Cooperation
  • Obedience

All dogs will be evaluated for faults of coat and conformation and all griffons will be given a score on both coat and conformation. Temperament will also be evaluated and noted on the score card.

Access IHDT Rule Book Here