We are blessed to have a very versatile breed like the Basset Hound who can display a wide variety of skills and natural ability which can be useful and advantageous in a large number of dog sports. Explore the many things which you may do with your Basset Hound.
Annual Nationals Specialty Shows, Trials and Tests
The Basset Hound Club of America holds its National specialty shows, trials and tests each fall at a location that rotates around the continental United States. Learn more about this year's events and about the more than 50 year history of the BHCA Nationals.
Future BHCA Nationals
|Year||Headquarters Location||Nationals Coordinator||Dates|
|2023||Gray Summit, Missouri||Bev Barringer-Ruggeri||August 25 - September 1, 2023|
|2024||Albany, Oregon||Gene McDonald||September 7 - 13, 2024|
|2025||Gray Summit, Missouri||Bev Barringer-Ruggeri||October 10 - 17, 2025|
2020 BHCA Nationals Results
The 2020 National Specialty was canceled due to the SARS-COV-2 virus from Wuhan, China causing the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns and mass-gathering restrictions.
The Companion Sports demonstrate a close relationship between you and your dog and the ability to transform that working relationship into a good performance.
We all know that Bassets are scent hounds, and as such, most have a great natural ability to use their nose. Performance events are designed for your dog to display the skills it has been bred to have as well as give the hound an opportunity to participate in events that it will truly enjoy. While on the surface some events may not initially seem to highlight the Basset's virtues, they will demonstrate abilities necessary to perform in these skills.
Hunting Performance Test
Coursing Ability Test & Fast Cat®
Events for Juniors
American Kennel Club Dog Shows and Basset Hound Specialty shows are intended to evaluate breeding stock. There are several events and programs that are specifically for the Junior. The primary event is Junior Showmanship which is held at Conformation shows. Junior Showmanship is not judged on the conformation of the dog, but on how well the Junior presents their dog. There is a special event known as PeeWee. Additionally, BHCA sponsors a Junior Scholarship program, and there are programs through AKC which are for the Junior Exhibitor in other events.