The Waikato Gundog Club has a growing membership from around the region, with a variety of dogs from flushing spaniels, pointing wirehairs and retrieving labradors. We even have some 'non' gundog breeds that come along to our training days to try something different and have some fun!
There are many different breeds of gundogs. These can be broken down into three main types according to the way they hunt for game ie. pheasants, ducks, rabbits, deer.
Spaniels: Including the Cocker and Springer Spaniel, whose function is to hunt and flush fur and feathered game from the undergrowth. They will also retrieve dead and injured game.
Retrievers: Including the Labrador , Flatcoat, Chesapeake and Golden Retriever, whose main function is to retrieve dead or injured game. They canalso be used to hunt and flush fur and feathered game.
Pointers and Setters: Including the English Pointer, English Setter, Gordon Setter and Irish Setter. These dogs hunt and point the scent of feathered game by standing still and indicating where the game is hidden. When given the command the dog will then flush the game to be shot. Many pointers and setters will also retrieve.
Versatile Hunting Dogs. Including the German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Hungarian Vizsla, Cesky Fousek. Weimaraner and Brittany whose function is to hunt, point and retrieve both fur and feather. These breeds were also developed to indicate deer and their tracking skills are used to locate the deer once shot.
The club promotes hunting, trialling and showing.
Hunting: We have all categories of gundogs in our club and we encourage members to get out there in the season and hunt with their dogs. The job these breeds were developed for.
Showing: In showing the dogs are paraded before a judge who ranks the dogs in order of merit based on specified characteristics of each breed, with the ultimate aim being the title of Show Champion. The idea is to keep improving the quality of the breed by selecting and breeding from dogs which typify the ideal. The WGC runs two Championship Shows every year in September, in conjunction with the Huntly and Districts Kennel Association.
Trialling: In field trialling dogs compete in simulated hunting conditions to judge how the dogs perform in a hunting situation and to keep their skills up to scratch in the off season, with the ultimate aim being the title of Field Trial Champion. Alternatively, in Natural Game Trials dogs are judged under actual hunting conditions and compete for the title of Field Champion. Our Championship Retriever Trial is run on our behalf by North Auckland Gundog Club, we run our own Spaniel Natural Game Trials. In addition, the club runs a Roughshooters Trial each April, providing a fun day for club members and a reason to polish up their skills.