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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:

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:

An overview of requirements for Field Rating Certification:

NSD - Novice Shooting Dog

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.

SD - Shooting Dog

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.

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:

Scoring for this Rating is as follows:

 

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:

Scoring for this Rating is as follows:

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:

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

OBEDIENCE COMPETITION

FIELD COMPETITION

RATING STANDARD

TRACKING

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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