Minimum Breeding Requirements

Performance Requirements

1)     At least one parent must be evaluated at a higher level versatile dog test which includes work before and after the shot, on land and in water. Approved evaluations and minimum performances include: NAVHDA UT prize II level work in all subjects, VHDF AHAE GOOD level work in all subjects, or JGHV HZP GOOD level work in all subjects.

2)     The other parent must be evaluated at least at a minimal level versatile dog test which includes evaluation for searching land, pointing, tracking, water entry, nose, desire, and cooperation. Approved evaluations and minimum performances include: NAVHDA NA prize II level work in all subjects, or VHDF HAE GOOD level work in all subjects.

3)     Requirement number 2) above may also be fulfilled under certain circumstances by the utilization of a dog that is proven to be an outstanding performer in a non-versatile, all breed competition. Such examples of outstanding proven performers include AKC Field Championship or NSTRA Field Championship. Requirement number 2) above may also be fulfilled under certain circumstances by the utilization of a dog that is proven to be a consistent performer over time in a non-versatile, all breed hunt test. Such examples of consistent performers include AKC Master Hunter or Senior Hunter titles. To be titled as an AKC FC, MH, or SH, the dog must have also passed a water test. This allowance gives our breeders the flexibility to use an outstanding individual performer that may be able to significantly contribute to the gene pool on a limited basis. This allowance is only used when the pedigree in question demonstrates significant strength at higher level versatile dog evaluations. This allowance may not be used as a substitute for requirement 1) above.

Health & Conformation Requirements

4)     Both parents must be certified free of hip dysplasia by a recognized organization such as Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) or a University with a recognized hip certification program such as University of Pennsylvania (PENNHIP), Saskatchewan or Guelph.

5)     Both parents must be tested for autoimmune hypothyroidism through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) or equivalent organization that performs an inclusive thyroid evaluation on FT4, cTSH, and TgAA, by no earlier than 24 months old. Dogs that test positive for autoimmune hypothyroidism shall not be used for breeding. Dogs classified as Equivocal are discouraged to be used for breeding and must be re-tested at 4 years old. It is recommended that all approved breeding stock be re-tested for autoimmune hypothyroidism at 4 years of age.

6)     No dogs with known genetic health conditions shall be used for breeding. It is recommended to perform other health tests as listed as part of the GWPCA CHIC testing programming including elbow dysplasia, eye clearance, congenital cardiac, and von Willebrand’s Disease. Any dog with any of the known health conditions above, as well as any other known genetic disorders such as seizures or overall poor health shall not be used for breeding.

7)     Neither parent may have a temperament fault. Man shy, gun shy, aggressive, fearful or otherwise mentally unstable dogs of unsound nerves shall not be used for breeding.

8)     Neither parent may have a major conformation fault as defined by the FCI breed standard. Disqualifying faults include: over or undershot jaw, entropic or ectropic eyelids, or missing testicles. It is recommended to have all breeding stock evaluated more critically for conformation and coat by completing a VHDF Conformation & Structure Evaluation (CSE) or by obtaining an AKC Conformation Champion title (CH).