The South African Versatile Hunting Dog Association (SAVHDA) is a non-profit organization that utilizes performance based testing systems to evaluate the hunting qualities of the Versatile - HPR Breeds, such as the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP or Kurzhaar), German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP or Drahthaar), the Vizsla, Weimaraner, Spinone and others.
The Versatile breeds, also known as the Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) breeds, were developed on the European continent to satisfy the needs of the hunter who wanted a dog that would be truly versatile in all aspects of hunting. In developing these dogs, clubs and breeders developed certain tests that would aid in selection of traits best suited to their needs, and that would also certify dogs as fulfilling the required hunting standards. Over the years, these tests became standardized, and are in use throughout Europe, especially in Germany, and in North America.
SAVHDA offers a similar system of standardized, non-competitive tests based on the European/German counterparts (ie., JGHV, VDD, DKV) and NAVHDA tests (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association). The Field work in our Tests is run almost entirely on natural game. The Retrieving elements are conducted mainly on cold and freshly shot game.
SAVHDA consists of members and affiliated Chapters. This structure allows us to best fulfil our aims and objectives.
Do you want a truly versatile hunting companion that is well-trained and reliable on land and water? Then see what you and your dog can achieve together with SAVHDA. We are dedicated to the Versatile/HPR breeds!
Article published in the Wingshooter Vol22 no 4 page 28 - 31