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.
2020 BHCA Nationals
Plan to attend our next Nationals in St Charles, Illinois. The Nationals headquarters will be at the Pheasant Run Resort and events will occur from September 18 - 25, 2019. Click the box below to get more details and the learn how to reserve your room today.
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.