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KC and FCRS GWT Definitions, Rules and Regulations

All the Society’s working tests, classified and unclassified, are held under KC Rules and Regulations and those of the Society. This information sheet has been checked and ratified by the KC.

*Puppy: From 9 to 18 months on the day of the test

*Special Puppy: From 9 to 24 months on the day of the test with an award for the highest placed puppy under 18 months (optional)

*Novice Dog/Novice Handler: Neither dog nor handler to have won an award at a field trial or working test with the exception of Puppy/Special Puppy or an award, other than 1st, in ND/NH.

Novice: For dogs that have not gained an award or COM at a field trial, been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an Open working test or 1st in a Novice working test.

Open: Open to all dogs although preference will be given to those that have gained an award or COM at a field trial, been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an Open working test or won a Novice working test.

AV Open: As above but preference in the draw will be given in the following order:

  1. Members’ qualified dogs
  2. Non members’ qualified dogs
  3. Members’ non qualified dogs
  4. Non members’ non qualified dogs
  5. 2nd dogs following the above order 

In any other AV Test (Puppy, Special Puppy, ND/NH and Novice) members will have preference in the draw.

*Unclassified:  An unclassified test is one that does not have a KC definition and consequently any award won in an unclassified test cannot be used as entry criteria for a GWT with recognised KC definitions (ie: Novice and Open).  However, unclassified awards do count towards the entry criteria for other unclassified tests.

General Information (Society Guidelines)

  1. Please make a note of the closing date and send your entry off accordingly.
  2. All areas will use the same definitions for each class.
  3. A dog may only run competitively in one class per day. Entries “not for competition” in another class will be solely at the Organiser’s discretion if the test is not over-subscribed with eligible dogs, eg: to accommodate an inexperienced handler/dog who has won a ND/NH test but would prefer to gain more  experience at that introductory level rather than entering a Novice test competitively. Entry fees will not be refunded after the closing date except in exceptional circumstances.
  4. If you are unsure about any aspect of your entry, please contact either the Field Trial Secretary or the relevant Organiser before submitting it.

KC Gundog Working Test (GWT) Rules and Regulations  The following selection of current KC rules and regulations are taken from the current “Field Trial Regulations (including Gundog Working Tests)”, the full set of which can be obtained from them direct at a nominal charge. Competitors should be aware that by signing the Society’s GWT entry form, they are stating they have read and will comply with all the rules listed in Section J (G) of that booklet.   

GWTs are competitions which, by artificially simulating shooting day conditions, seek to assess the working abilities of the various breeds of Gundogs.

  1. Dogs must be registered with the Kennel Club.
  2. The code of conduct expected at GWTs is the same as that for Field Trials.
  3. Organisers have the power to exclude dogs from the competition and the right to refuse an entry.
  4. Dogs that have contacted or been knowingly exposed to any infectious disease in the twenty days prior to the test or bitches in season shall not be allowed at a GWT.  If, after consultation with the Judges, the Organisers consider a dog unfit by reason of contagious disease or physical condition, such a dog shall be required to be removed immediately from the ground.
  5. No person shall carry out punitive correction or harsh handling at a GWT.
  6. Dogs that score a zero in a test (classified or unclassified), other than in a run off, cannot feature in the awards, COMs included.  Failure in one part of a double will result in a zero for that particular test.  Serious faults (known as eliminating faults in a field trial) that would score a zero and may lead to elimination from the test are refusing to retrieve, whining or barking, running in or chasing, out of control, failing to enter water, changing retrieve and poor heelwork.
  7. Those taking part in GWTs shall not openly impugn the decision of the Judges or criticise the host, ground or helpers. Judges are empowered to withhold any prize or award if, in their opinion, competing dogs have not shown sufficient merit. (The Judges’ decision is final and must not be challenged.  However, if a competitor has a query about a particular score, it is perfectly acceptable for them, not a third party, to approach a Judge at the end of day to seek clarification of their marks). Any cases of alleged misconduct must be reported to the Kenne Club in accordance with regulations J11, J13 and J14.
  8. No competitor may withdraw their dog and leave the GWT ground without informing the Chief Steward.