CANADA BARN HUNTS™
The barn hunt is a centuries old practice. It still continues as an exercise for farmers and their dogs, in a daily bid, to rid their farm of invasive vermin, Vermin spread disease and illness. They contaminate precious stock piles and infest livestock quarters. 'Rat-catching' was first documented in European history; the most famous (yet fictional) 'Rat-catcher' being The Pied Piper of Hamelin (16th century). Throughout the 1800's, the role of professional rat-catching with K-9 assistants (mainly terriers) reached its peak. During the 1900's, technology and science began to deliver alternative ways to eradicate vermin from farmyards; and as a result, as the vermin began disappearing in this manner, so too did the rat-catcher.
The Canada Barn Hunts™ sporting event is a multi-tiered competition with varying degrees of difficulty. Any breed of dog, (including mixed breeds), which is older than 6 months and measures within the games height restrictions is welcome to participate. (See Dog Eligibility Section and Dog Measurements & Height Divisions Section)
Canada Barn Hunts™ can take place indoors and outdoors and need not be limited to an authentic agricultural environment.