At some point in the last year I’d heard about a “new” canine sport called Barn Hunt. Its basically a simulated rat hunt in a simulated barn setting. Lots of “simulated” in there, but the idea was to work terriers as if they were barn dogs, charged with keeping the barn free of vermin. But the sport isn’t just open to terriers, but to any breed of dog. I thought it sounded like something that Arty would enjoy, and since I’ve been on the lookout for something I can do with him to get him out and about more I looked up local clubs.
No luck, the closest club was 2.5hrs away. Not to far for competition certainly, but far enough that I wasn’t keen on dragging him out there for practices.
Then over the summer I found out about a new club starting up about 45 minutes north of me. MUCH more feasible, location wise. So I signed up Arty for practices. And he LOVED it.
So I went to register him with Barn Hunt so he could actually compete. And that’s where I ran into a problem. Barn Hunt doesn’t care if the dog itself is register-able with any kennel club. But in order for their breed to be listed with Barn Hunt the BREED must be register-able with one of the major kennel clubs (to keep the breed list from becoming a mess of -doodles and the like).
There’s something like barely 300 New Guinea Singing Dogs in the entire world. Less most likely though I don’t have the current numbers. And a fairly large number of those are owned by zoos, and research facilities, or in “group” settings. The number owned by the private person, like me and my Arty is quite small. Which just isn’t enough to get most KCs to be interested in recognizing them. And two of the KCs that USED to recognize them no longer do. I know what happened with one, but no one I’ve talked to knows what happened with the 2nd.
Barn Hunt refused to make an exception. I was pretty peeved, for all that I understand the reasoning, there was no appeal process or anything. I could have registered him with them as a “mixed breed”, but frankly the only thing I needed to register him for was actual competition runs. I could still do practice sessions and “fun hunts” without registration. So I refused, and so did every other Singer owner I talked to who was interested in Barn Hunt.
Then I discovered the IABCA lists Singers! And Barn Hunt was willing to accept the IABCA’s listing! Woohoo!
That was 3 weeks ago.
Today Arty ran his first official trail. He got his Instinct Qualification. And his first (three are required) Novice Qual. And although he wasn’t the fastest in the ring by any stretch, he did it with time to spare.
There’s another Barn Hunt trial coming up the end of Nov, I can’t wait!