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The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is a legally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to fostering, improving, promoting and protecting the versatile hunting dog in North America. Underlying these aims is the desire to serve the interests of game conservation, the prevention of cruelty to animals, and good sportsmanship, by encouraging hunters to use dogs that are well-trained in work before and after the shot, on land and in the water.


  1. To educate all interested persons in the techniques of training versatile hunting dogs, to conduct tests of versatile hunting dog breeds in North America and maintain records of such tests for all interested persons and to promote selective breeding and population control of versatile hunting dog breeds.
  2. To prevent cruelty to animals by the use of properly trained hunting dogs.
  3. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the corporation shall not intervene in any political campaign.
  4. The corporation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, or any legally proscribed classification, in its programs, activities, or employment practices.

This is an independent web site maintained by the Illowa Chapter. The IIllowa Chapter does not and is not authorized to speak or act on behalf of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, Inc. The accuracy of any statements or information posted on or derived from use of this web site is not verified and may not reasonably be relied upon.

Good Dogs!

Good Friends!

Good Times!

Our Chapter includes a variety of versatile breeds from the French Brittany to the Spinone, and everything in between.


2018 Youth Pheasant Hunt -

Planning is under way for the October 20, 2018 Youth Pheasant Hunt.  Youth age 12-15 who have completed Hunter Safety are eligible to apply.  The event is limited to 12 youth.  There is no charge for the day.  All safety gear and food is provided. See the Calendar of Events for the application and liability waiver forms.

2017 Yout Pheasant Hunt Event -

The 2017 Youth Pheasant Hunt was a great success.  We had 12 of the nicest youth you can imagine.  They were a pleasure to spend the day with.  The weather was beautiful and we had wonder help from the Louisa County Hunter Safety Instructors and our own club members and dogs.  The food was delicious and plentiful.  Breakfast and beverages were donated by Shelly Singleton and much appreciated.  Here is the link to the photo album for the day:     Enjoy!  Looking forward to next year.

Considering Joining Our Chapter? - If you are a prospective member, we invite and encourage you to join us for a Chapter Training Day. It is the best way to see first hand what our Chapter is all about, and to meet some of our Members. You will also undoubtedly come away from the Day with your training questions answered, as well as a new training tip or technique. Contact us for more information, or Join Today! 

Upcoming Events




Mock Test / Training Day - NEW DATE

Henke-Benson Farm, Wapello, IA

Bring your own snacks/sack lunch, beverages, dog food, water and chairs.  We will be at the field.  This will be the Mock Test prior to the Fall Test as well as a regular training day.




2018 Fall Test - NA, UPT, UT

Henke-Benson Farm, Wapello, IA 52653

See Testing page for further information.




2018 Youth Pheasant Hunt

Henke-Benson Farm, Wapello, IA

This is an awesome event.  We take 12 area youth for a full day of trap shooting, pheasant hunting, game identification, gun safety review, and food.  Each youth gets to hunt over a Utility level gun dog, with the dog handler and a hunter safety instructor to insure only safe shots are taken.

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