Hunting trial for hounds
The purpose of hunting trials for hounds is to find out the hunting abilities of dogs for breeding, developing enthusiasts and their cooperation as well as offering opportunities for the dogs to compete.
The purpose of hunting trials for hounds is not to harm the game or the dog, or to expose them to unreasonable strain. The game to be hunted is either a rabbit or a fox, depending on the trial type, and deer are also possible for Dachshunds in their separate working trial.
Breeds from the FCI group 6 – Scent hounds and related breeds may participate in the hunting trial for hounds.
In 2017, a total of 921 hunting trials for hounds with hare and 135 hunting trials with fox were organised. The hunting trials with hare included a total of 3,851 performances and hunting trials with fox 517.
The Finnish Hound is the most common hound breed in Finland. Each Nordic country have their own hound breed.