Flat-Coated Retrievers and Hunting

Tralee sit holding pheasant - Flat-Coated Retrievers and Hunting Flat-Coated Retrievers and Hunting


Hunting tests are designed to evaluate the abilities of various types of dogs by testing them against a standard. Dogs are tested at various levels and when the requirements of a level are met, the dog will be awarded a title. The sporting breed group includes spaniels, retrievers and pointing dogs. Committees and judges will design tests and courses that will simulate hunting conditions as closely as possible.

The Working Certificate Test (WC) was established by the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America primarily to encourage the use and maintenance of the natural working and retrieving abilities of the Flat-Coated Retriever and as a useful aid in the selection of breeding stock.  The WC test is designed to test the natural abilities of the Flatcoat including memory, intelligence, attention, nose, marking ability, courage, perseverance and style.  The Working Certificate Excellent (WCX) test is designed to test the Flatcoat’s trainability in addition to its natural abilities which include memory, intelligence, attention, marking ability, nose, courage, perseverance and style.

The American Kennel Club offers several hunt tests for retrievers including Junior Hunter (JH), Senior Hunter (SH), and Master Hunter (MH).  The United Kennel Club offers five titles:  Started Hunting Retriever (SHR), Hunting Retriever (HR), Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH), Grand Hunting Retriever Champion (GRHRCH), and Upland Hunter (UH).

Kingsbridge Flat-Coated Retrievers and Hunting

Tralee earned her WC at the test hosted by the Flat-Coated Retriever Club of Illinois on August 29, 2010 and her JH title in 2016.  Caris passed the  SHR tests and  WC in 2016.  She earned her JH title in 2018.  Handfull earned her  WC in 2020, the SHR on August 22, 2021, and the JH in 2022.  Promise is in training and hasn’t entered any tests yet but hopes to in the future just like mom, grammy, and great-grandma!