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About the NAVHDA Testing System

We provide an accurate, complete performance evaluation on each dog tested

Judges must be knowledgeable, consistent and objective, and all testing and evaluation should reflect the extent to which dogs are productive hunting companions. NAVHDA tests have been designed with these requirements in mind. In addition, our database provides an accurate, searchable, and complete performance evaluation on each dog tested.

In order to eliminate direct competition between dogs, entrants in a NAVHDA test are judged one at a time, by three judges, with their performance scored against a standard. The only exception to this is the Invitational Test, in which dogs are braced in the field so each dog can demonstrate its willingness to back and work effectively with another dog. Prizes are awarded on the basis of numerical scores achieved in the test. Each dog that meets or exceeds minimum standards in all areas of work is placed in one of three categories: Prize I, II or III. If all dogs entered in a NAVHDA test perform well, all can receive a prize.

Finger Lakes Test Day

Test Locations

Spring Test

Burkhart Kennels

6597 Fairgrounds Rd

Byron NY, 14422




Where to Stay

La Quinta Inn

8200 Park Road

Batavia NY 14020



Red Roof Inn

8204 Park Road

Batavia, NY 14020


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