NATURAL APTITUDE TESTS
TESTING YOUR DOG'S NATURAL ABILITY
Natural Aptitude Test 2023
The 2023 Natural Aptitude Test was held on Saturday 8th April 2023.
Report to follow.
The LMC usually hold two Natural Aptitude Tests per year, one in Lincolnshire at Easter and one in Scotland, in the summer. All HPR breeds are welcome.
Ideally every Large Munsterlander would do at least one Natural Aptitude Test during its lifetime as it is helps to preserve the working origins of the breed. And to that end the LMC invites anyone with a Large Munsterlander, particularly those new to the breed, to attend a Natural Aptitude Day.
We welcome novice handlers. This test is all about the dogs inbuilt natural ability. The day is relaxed, informal and your Munsterlander will love it!
What to expect
The object of the natural aptitude test (NAT) is to look for the natural working ability present in the hunter pointer retriever (HPR) gundog when exposed to working stimuli. We are not looking for a “trained” gundog, but reasonable control is essential. The dog should return to you when called and be attentive to you when required.
Every dog whether a pet or a working gundog MUST have control and discipline. The test is divided into seven parts: hunting, pointing, gunshyness, retrieving, swimming, tracking and biddability. Each part is judged and marked separately.