Utility Test (UT)


The Utility Test is divided into three main segments:

1) Field Group – Each dog is hunted for a minimum of 30 minutes and is evaluated on:
  • Search
  • Pointing
  • Steadiness on Game
  • Retrieve of Shot Bird
  • Retrieve of Dragged Game
2) Water Group
  • Search for a Duck
  • Walking at Heel
  • Remaining by Blind
  • Steadiness by Blind
  • Retrieve of a Duck

3) Evaluation of Physical Attributes - Each dog's teeth, eyes, and coat are evaluated, typically after completion of the water phase. 

The following are judged throughout the Utility Test:
  • Use of Nose
  • Desire to Work
  • Cooperation
  • Stamina
  • Obedience