Weimaraner Club of America : Ratings Tests

An overview of rules governing Ratings:
An overview of requirements for Field Rating Certification:
An overview of requirements for Retrieving Rating Certification:
An overview of requirements for Versatile Rating Standards:

An overview of rules governing Ratings:

The WCA (Weimaraner Club of America) introduced Rating Standards on 1 March 1979. The purpose of the ratings is to give each Weimaraner the opportunity to show natural ability in hunting and fieldwork. If successful and upon confirmation from WCA, the rating can be used as a permanent record for the purpose of breeding and advertising. Any dog earning a Rating will be issued with a Certificate by the Executive Secretary and signed by an Officer of the Club.

There are two separate classifications, which are quite independent from and not related to each other. The first classification will cover the POINTING and UPLAND BIRD FIELD WORK.  

There are 8 Ratings offered to those owners of Weimaraners who are members of the WCA, whose Weimaraners are AKC (American Kennel Club) registered and are 6 months or older. Spayed bitched and neutered dogs may compete for the Ratings and receive them. However in the case of the neutered dog, a certificate from the operating veterinarian must be presented before competing. Any dog with a disqualifying fault as stated in the Breed Standard, such as cryptorchid or monorchid may not compete. The 8 Ratings are as follows:

  • Novice Shooting Dog - NSD
  • Shooting Dog - SD
  • Shooting Dog Excellent - SDX
  • Novice Retrieving Dog - NRD
  • Retrieving Dog - RD
  • Retrieving Dog Excellent - RDX
  • Versatile - V
  • Versatile Excellent - VX

These Ratings may be conducted by any AKC recognized Weimaraner club who is also recognized and registered with the WCA. Any club conducting Rating tests must comply fully with all portions of the Ratings. The tests shall be witnessed by an Officer of the WCA or by an appointed representative of the WCA. Any club wishing to conduct Ratings shall comply with the following:

  • The Rating Chairperson and secretary must be members of the WCA
  •   The Rating Secretary of each club must apply in writing, to the WCA Executive Secretary, on official forms, of the intent to conduct such tests.
  •   The intent to conduct Rating tests must include the  following: DATE AND STARTING TIME OF FIRST EVENT, EXACT LOCATION, NAME OF JUDGES AND THEIR BRIEF QUALIFICATIONS, TYPES OF BIRDS TO BE USED, NAMES OF CHAIRPERSON, RATING SECRETARY & WCA REPRESENTATIVE.
  •   The request must be postmarked at least 30 days prior of the first day of the test.
  •   Each club conducting such tests shall nominate one or more WCA representatives to witness the tests.
  •   Two Judges are required, are in good standing with AKC and are selected by the club conducting the Ratings. It is highly recommended that these Judges have experience with the Weimaraner breed and with the Rating program. Where this is not possible, the Committee should ensure that at least one judge fulfils this recommendation.
  •   Should there be a change of Judge, the national Office must be notified.
  •   No dogs are permitted to practice on the Rating grounds on the day of the tests
  •   Those dogs that are under judgment in a Field Trial may no compete in Rating competition. However these dogs can compete for ratings while being judged at the Field trial.

An overview of requirements for Field Rating Certification:

NSD - Novice Shooting Dog

  • The purpose is to establish if young, untrained and inexperienced dogs have hunting aptitude.
  • Dog work in braces and are required to show DESIRE, BOLDNESS, INITIATIVE in covering ground and SEARCHING in likely cover. Gun will not be fired for NSD Rating and each dog is given the opportunity to indicate the presence of game.  

PLEASE NOTE: The dog is not judged on whether or not the bird is found but rather on the positive reaction of the dog to the bird. The birds should, therefore be positioned to ensure each dog comes into contact with it. To qualify for the NSD Rating Certificate, any positive acknowledgement of the bird by the dog is considered passable. However refusing to acknowledge the birds will constitute a failure.

  • Dogs run on a PASS or FAIL basis and are required to demonstrate a reasonable degree of obedience to handlers.
  • Dogs may run for 15 minutes total. If bird fields are used, dogs may not run for more then 5 minutes.

SD - Shooting Dog

  • The purpose is to establish that a dog of any age (6 months or older) has definite HUNTING ABILITY, BIRD SENSE and has some  FIELD TRAINING.
  • Dogs run on a PASS or FAIL basis and are required to  demonstrate a reasonable degree of obedience to handlers.
  • Dogs may run for 20 minutes total and only a maximum of 5 minutes if a bird field is used.
  • Dogs run in braces and are require to show KEEN DESIRE to hunt, be BOLD and INDEPENDENT, have a FAST and yet ATTRACTIVE STYLE of running. Dogs are required to demonstrate INTELLIGENCE in seeking objectives and ABILITY to find game. A .22 Calibre or larger blank (.22 Caliber crimp is not permitted) is used to shoot over upon game contact.

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are not required to be steady to wing or shot. Any dog interfered on point will be permitted to re-demonstrate its ability. Dogs are required to POINT but not flush the bird. If the bird flushes wild (of it's accord), the judge may allow the dog to re-demonstrate it's pointing ability. 

SDX - Shooting Dog Excellent.

  • This is the highest certificate offered under the Field Ratings. Those dogs that qualify must be finished, fully broken bird dogs. Their fieldwork should show the CLASS and STYLE OF TOP Weimaraners.
  • Dogs run on a PASS or FAIL basis and are required to  demonstrate a reasonable degree of obedience to handlers.
  • Dogs shall run in braces. The stake shall be a 'shoot to kill' retrieving stake with all MANNERS associated with that type of stake are required.
  • Any dog that encounters it's brace mate on point, must HONOUR that point. Failure to do so will be heavily penalized and in the case where the point is 'stolen', the offending dog will be disqualified.
  • Dogs run for a maximum of 30 minutes, with no more then 8 minutes in the bird field.

PLEASE NOTE: 20 Ga. Shot gun or larger shall be used in the 'shoot to kill' retrieve. Any recognized game birds or pigeons may be used. The bird fieldwork may be done in another location to comply with local or State laws that govern 'shoot to kill' situations.

An overview of requirements for Retrieving Rating Certification:

NRD - Novice Retrieving Dog
This Rating consists of two requirements:

  • LAND RETRIEVE - The dog is required to retrieve a single bird on land which is positioned a minimum of 20 yards and not exceeding 40 yards, with a time frame of 5 minutes
  • WATER RETRIEVE - The dog is required to retrieve a single bird from the water consisting of a minimum swim of 20 yards. Should the bird drift for more then 40 yards, the Judge may decide (at his/hers discretion) to re-throw the bird.

Scoring for this Rating is as follows:

  • Land Retrieve - 30 points
  • Water Retrieve - 30 points
  • Promptness - 20 points
  • Delivery - 20 points

 

An important note: A dog who fails to complete the LAND and WATER retrieve will be disqualified.

RD - Retrieving Dog
This Rating consists of two requirements:

  • LAND RETRIEVE - A dog is required to retrieve two bird spaced approximately 60 degrees apart. The first bird should fall approximately 50 yards and the second should fall approximately 20 yards. A gun 20 gauge or large shall be used for this rating. The dog has a time frame of 10 minutes to complete this retrieve.
  • WATER RETRIEVE - The dog is required to enter the water promptly and retrieve two birds spaced approximately 60 degrees apart. The first bird should fall approximately 50 yards and the second should fall approximately 20 yards, with a time frame of 10 minutes to complete the retrieve.

Scoring for this Rating is as follows:

  • Land Retrieve 25 points
  • Water Retrieve 25 Points
  • Promptness 25 points
  • Delivery 25 points

An important note: A dog who fails to complete the LAND and WATER retrieve shall be disqualified. A hard mouth will be disqualified. A score of 75 points or more is required for this Rating.

RDX - Retrieving Dog Excellent
This Rating consists of four requirements:

  • PERFORMANCE - The dog shall give a finished performance, exhibiting CLASS and STYLE while competing for this Rating.
  • LAND RETRIEVE - With a given time frame of 10 minutes, the dog is required to retrieve to hand two birds. The birds are space approximately 60 yards apart with the first bird fall 60 yards and the second bird fall 30 yards.
  • WATER RETRIEVE - There is a 15-minute time frame in which the dog is required to retrieve to hand three birds. The first bird is to fall 40 yards to one side, the second is to fall a minimum of 60 yards through the 8 decoys and the third bird is to fall 20 yards to the opposite side. Dogs are require to enter and re-enter water without hesitation.
  • BLIND RETRIEVE - The dog is given a time frame of 10 minutes to retrieve to hand a blind bird, at a range of approximately 50 yards through 8 decoys. The dogs must not see where the bird is; only the handler will be given its location. This is to be completed after the triple retrieve. 

An important note: A dog shall be disqualified if a minimum score of 75 points is not reached, if the dogs fails to score in all categories, showing a lack of steadiness, if the dog has a hard mouth, excessive delay in entering the water, if the handler touches the dog other then to tap for release of bird.

An overview of requirements for Versatile Rating Standards:

Available Versatile Points
Points can be obtained from five different groups:

CONFORMATION COMPETITION

  • Bench Champion 4 points
  • Ten Bench points (including Major win) 3 points
  • Five Bench points 2 points
  • Bench pointed 1 point

OBEDIENCE COMPETITION

  • Obedience Champion 4 points
  • Utility Dog 3 points
  • CDX 2 points
  • CD 1 point

FIELD COMPETITION

  • Filed Champion 4 points
  • SDX or 1st place in All Age or Gun Dog Ret., Stake 3 points
  • SD or four field points 2 points
  • NSD or one filed point 1 point

RATING STANDARD

  • RDX 3 points
  • RD 2 points
  • NRD 1 point

TRACKING

  • TD 2 points
  • TDX 3 points

In order for a dog to be grated the Award of “V”, the dog must have a minimum of 6 versatile points from at least three different groups from the above mentioned five.

In order for a dog to be granted the Award of “VX”, the dog must have a minimum of 9 versatile points from at least three different groups from the above mentioned five.

 

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