The type of dog to be honored in the stake is one
which shows the potential to go on to win the important shooting dog
stakes in the country, including the National Pheasant Shooting Dog
Championship, the National Shooting Dog Championship and the Grand
National Grouse Championship.
This dog must:
1.Demonstrate intense desire to find game.
2.Along with this desire, the dog must show determination which is
demonstrated by his application under adverse conditions such as
unusually heavy cover, unpleasant weather, bad footing and terrain.
3.Show willingness to please his handler by responding when called
upon to do so, and voluntarily run a forward course while remaining
in contact with his handler.
4.Show a consistent pattern and intelligently adjust to the terrain
5.Handle at a range adjusted to comfortable handling on foot, with
the nature of the cover and game taken into consideration. Extreme
range shall be considered undesirable as it would in an open shooting
6.Hunt completely independent of it's brace-mate and not show a
tendency to seek easy footing.
7.Demonstrate class. The term, "Class", in this instance has
reference to the manner of going of the dog as to speed, loftiness,
gait and general appearance, such as you would expect to find in the
superlative shooting dog.
8.Handle game with intelligence, although not necessarily with
complete finish. He should point staunchly and with style, but not
necessarily steady to wing and shot. Finish on game and number of
contacts with game should not be the sole criteria for evaluating
these futurities. Other qualities being equal, finish and quality in
the handling of game should be given consideration.
If a dog continually disturbs his brace-mate, it should be the duty
of the judge to order the offending dog to be taken up.
Dogs may be handled from foot or horseback. Horses may be used
the conveyance, but not as an active aid to handling. Mounted
handlers will approach their dogs on point at a reasonable pace.
The judges shall also have the prerogative of setting the pace for
the stake. If a handler speeds the course, he should be requested by
the judge or Marshall to refrain. If he continues, the entry should
be penalized accordingly.
If a handler desires to walk the course, the remaining handler, if
mounted, should proceed at a corresponding gait and in no event
proceed the foot handler. On the other hand, if the foot handler
unduly holds up the mounted handler, the mounted handler may, with
permission of the judges, proceed.
It should be to the dog's credit if he voluntarily honors another dog
In general, being a breeder's stake, the inherent qualities of the
dog that demonstrate it's potential as an outstanding shooting dog
should be used as a criteria by the judges in their final decision.
Blank pistols only will be used to fire over the dogs.