GLPCNA Breeding Rules and Testing Regulations
The GLPCNA requires all German Longhaired Pointers to pass one natural ability hunting test and an advanced level test before they can be bred. Each German Longhaired Pointer will have 2 chances to pass each test. To be certified for breeding, a longhair must receive at least "good" scores in the categories of nose, pointing, and search. There are 3 testing organizations in which a longhair can fulfill its hunt testing requirement: the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF), or the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA), or the Verein Deutsch Drahthaar-Group North America (VDD-GNA).
To be eligible for breeding, longhairs must also have received at least a good rating for their type, conformation, and coat, as well as a temperament rating as Category 2, 3, or 4. Temperament and breed show evaluations take place at the annual breed show and club meeting. Finally, a longhair that is getting certified for breeding must have at least a good hip evaluation rating through OFA, Berlin, or PennHip.
Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF)
All longhairs must pass the Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (HAE) by 18 months of age. Female longhairs must also complete the Advanced Hunting Aptitude Evaluation (AHAE) by 30 months of age. The VHDF tests use a 12-point scale for scoring each category. To qualify for breeding, a longhair must score a 6 or above in nose, pointing, and search in the HAE and the AHAE. A longhair must also score at least "fair" (3 or above) in all other categories.
North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA)
All longhairs must pass the Natural Ability Test (NA) by 16 months of age. Female longhairs must also complete either a Utility Preparatory Test (UPT) or a Utility Test (UT). NAVHDA uses a 4-point scale to score their tests. To qualify for breeding under this system, a longhair must score all 3's in nose, pointing, and search in the NA, UPT and UT.
Verein Deutsch Drahthaar-Group North America (VDD-GNA/JGHV)
Longhairs must pass the Puppy Test (VJP) by 18 months of age and are strongly encouraged to complete the Fall breeding Test (HZP) by 24 months of age. The tests are scored on a 12-point scale. To qualify for breeding, a longhair needs to score a 9, 10, 11, or 12 in nose, pointing, and search in the VJP and HZP.