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SAVHDA Newsletter

Dear Members and Subscribers,

Welcome to our very first Newsletter! Our website has been a work in progress, but we are happy to say that we are up to date and running smoothly.

Our News Headlines are working well and the team makes an effort to provide up to date news and information on a regular basis. The Newsletter is now working too, so from time to time you'll receive all new website updates, as well as additional news, in your email inbox.

We're having a Photo contest on our FB page, which is proving to be very popular! If you haven't had a look, there are some awesome photos there. All photos can be seen in the Albums section or on Instagram (#savhdaphotocontest). The competition ends December 1st, so keep the photos coming! We have a surprise Category that will be announced after Dec 1st, from which the winner will receive a cash  prize of R1000! Stay tuned.....

The SAVHDA Forum is up and running! So in addition to our Website and Facebook Page, you now have a dedicated Forum where you can have discussions, ask questions, post ideas, articles, photos and just about anything you want related to Versatile - HPR dogs and hunting! Unlike Whatsapp groups or Facebook, the discussions and information are readily at hand, or you can do a search if you are interested in something particular. So we do hope that members make use of this valuable resource and would like to see it grow in the months to come! We've added a section for members only, where we hope to load content that will aid you in training and preparing for the SAVHDA tests. You can access the Forum at the top or bottom of any page on our website.

We've started a series of feature articles in the News sections. Under Region/Chapter News, you will find profiles of our Judges ( ).  You'll also see reports on Workshops and other SAVHDA events. Under Looking for a Puppy News, you will find two articles, one on Buying a Puppy and the other on Breeding a Litter for the Novice (

In case you don't know, we have a section on the Website that is dedicated to Member Photos - Field Photos, Retrieving Photos, and Puppy Pics. Members are welcome to send in their photos and we will load it onto the website Hompepage photo gallery "SAVHDA Dogs in Action". Email your photos to with your request, and kindly keep them a reasonable size (less than 1 mb).

The year has flown by! Now is the ideal time to work on basic obedience and a variety of retrieving applications. Summer time is water time! Whatever you do with your dogs, have fun and remember safety and sportsmanship at all times!

Trudi and the SAVHDA Team



Versatile/HPR Tests in SA - All of them!

Versatile/HPR Tests in SA - All of them!

 Are you interested in finding out what tests are available for your versatile/HPR dog? Here's a summary of the tests that are fully recognized in SA! (Added 9/19/23 Read more)

KUSA Versatile Hunting Dog Testing is Here!

SAVHDA has entered a new phase! We are now an informal Alliance of several clubs working together to promote the versatile hunting dog breeds and to help you get the most out of your versatile (HPR) dog. From the humble beginnings of SAVHDA in 2016, there are now several recognized testing systems in place to help you and your versatile dog achieve more and become a better hunting team! These testing systems are recognized by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) and are offered by KUSA-affiliated clubs. SAVHDA itself no longer offers any tests, but is dedicated to supporting the Alliance clubs that do. (Added 2/28/22 Read more)



The Working Deutsch Drahthaar Club

The Working Deutsch Drahthaar Club

WDDC - Gauteng, NW and surrounds (Added 2/28/22 Read more)
The Versatile Pointing Dog Club

The Versatile Pointing Dog Club

 VPDC - Western Cape and Eastern Cape (Added 2/28/22 Read more)
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