The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and
improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs
before and after the shot; and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging nonselective and uncontrolled
breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.
NAVHDA is an excellent complement to the activities of sporting dog breed clubs and field trial organizations. It was created
to supplement the activities of those clubs by providing a proven, standard method of evaluating the performance
of all versatile hunting dogs, consistent with North American hunting practices, regardless of breed.
NAVHDA is organized on two levels:
The first level, NAVHDA International, operates under bylaws approved by its membership. These bylaws provide for officers elected by popular vote who, together with appointed directors, constitute an Executive Council charged with furnishing
direction and guidance to NAVHDA programs.
The second level, local chapters of NAVHDA, are the "grass roots" organizations, which sponsor the
training and testing programs. There are sanctioned chapters throughout the United States
and Canada. Central Dakota Chapter is a sanctioned local chapter. See the links to the right for more information about