Brittany, Fousek, GSP, GWP, Munsterlander’s, Spinoni, Vizsla, Weimaraner & other
European versatile breeds that may be imported into NZ
A truly versatile hunting dog is
one that is in control of its temperament.
This dog can adjust its range to
the conditions, working close to the handler among the trees or thick cover,
casting further out in the open fields, climbing high up the hillsides in search
of game. This dog does not run madly about and need an hours work to settle.
This dog has the ability to range head high searching the wind, or track slow
and carefully an old blood trail. This dog can change gears, moving fast one
minute than pulling itself in to cautiously follow the track of a creeping
The truly versatile dog should know
to do this without command.
The versatile hunting dog can
retrieve from land and water, but it is not specialist retriever. The versatile
hunting dog is a pointer, but not a specialist pointer, they also flush on
command. The versatile hunting dog is part bird dog, part water retriever, part
Not only that, the versatile
hunting dog is a trustworthy, calm, family companion.
One breed of versatile hunting dog
is not necessarily better than the other; they are different, they were
developed from different sources, from different breed combinations. Some have
more dash, more independence; some are more cautious hunters, more dependant;
some are better pointers whilst others are better trackers or retrievers. But
they all do a good to passable job in all things required.
Only through testing can the
hereditary attributes of parents and progeny be ascertained and sound planned
choices made toward breed improvement.
In New Zealand we have not had that
opportunity. With testing a record of each dogs hunting qualities is obtained;
search, nose, pointing, tracking, water love, attitude, cooperation, coat,
temperament, conformation and in older dogs retrieving and obedience.
The VHD Test Assn (NZ) is for
improvement of breeding hunting dogs. It is not about dog sport, it is a non
competitive test Association for working versatile gundogs.
If you enjoy hunting and have a
love for all versatile breeds of gundogs you are invited to join.