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“Barn Hunt tests the nose, speed, agility, and surefootedness of dogs that have a history of above-ground vermin hunting,” said Robin Nuttall, founder of the Barn Hunt Association.

"Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18" wide by bale-height tall tunnel"

- Barn Hunt Association Home Page 


Get an overview from the AKC here.



Barn Hunt is an independent sport where teams earn titles recognized by the AKC.

According to the AKC, "Barn Hunt events include a pass/fail instinct class for owners who want to familiarize their dog with the test. Courses are made increasingly difficult by adding more obstacles, additional diversions and more rats to find. There are several types of Barn Hunt titles your dog can earn:"

Novice Barn Hunt (RATN),

Open Barn Hunt (RATO),

Senior Barn Hunt (RATS),

Master Barn Hunt (RATM),

Barn Hunt Champion (RATCh),

Master Champion (RATChX),

Crazy 8s Bronze (CZ8B),

Crazy 8s Silver (CZ8S),

Crazy 8s Gold (CZ8G),

Crazy 8s Platinum (CZ8P)

in Lewisberry, PA

in York, PA

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