Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds including the Spanish Water Dog in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. There is some information which also supports Spanish Water Dogs being employed in mines to rid the mines of vermin.
Barn Hunt is 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 has titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships.
Barn Hunt is an independent sport, but Barn Hunt Association titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the United Kennel Club (UKC), and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). To see how to get your title recognized, go to FAQs and About (AKC/UKC/CKC).
Barn Hunt is committed to creating a safe and fun sport for dogs, that also holds rat care at the highest level of consideration. The rats used in Barn Hunt are beloved family pets. They jump eagerly into their safe, comfortable aerated tubes and truly enjoy interacting with the dogs.