The purpose of non-competitive earthdog tests is to offer breeders and owners of small terriers and Dachshunds a standardized gauge to measure their dogs' natural aptitude and trained hunting and working behaviors when exposed to an underground hunting situation. The non-competitive program begins with a basic introduction to “den work and quarry” and progresses through gradual steps to require the dog to demonstrate that it is willing to perform the required tasks, including seeking and locating its quarry underground. Fear not, rodent lovers: The rats are safely caged and are not harmed. In fact, many participants keep rats as pets for use in earthdog trials.

Some Helpful links:

Getting Started - AKC

Resources - AKC

Judging Information - AKC

Upcoming Events:

Information for upcoming events are posted on the MAIN PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE - located HERE

Additionally, information for upcoming events are posted on Facebook to the following group pages:

  • Greater Portland Dachshund Club
  • Dachshund Fanciers of SW WA
  • Cascade Dachshund Club

Premium and Entry Forms are typically available 2-3 weeks prior to the event.