Welcome to the Yankee Chapter of the NAVHDA

The Yankee Chapter of NAVHDA is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs before and after the shot; and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging nonselective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.

The Yankee Chapter conducts educational activities, training sessions, and sponsors NAVHDA sanctioned tests throughout the year. Our goal is to help our members fully realize the potential of their versatile hunting dogs as companions and hunting partners.

We are proud of our continued contribution to improvement of the versatile hunting dog through our breeding,training and testing programs.

We are a very family oriented Chapter and thus strongly encourage all family members to participate at our events. As an existing or new member we want to keep you well informed about our events.

Yankee Chapter History

In 1978, we had the honor to meet NAVHDA’s founder and creator, Bodo Winterhelt at a Judge’s Clinic in Bowdoinham, Maine hosted by the Yankee Chapter.  What a weekend!  Bodo shared his expertise with many young versatile dog trainers and hunters that weekend.  The membership has grown from roughly 25 in those early days to well over 140 today.

In 1985, a small group of versatile dog enthusiasts gathered at a member’s home in Auburn, Maine and established the Yankee Chapter of NAVHDA.  Prior to that evening we were all members of one of NAVHDA’s first chapters, the Northeast Chapter.

In 1992, the chapter hosted the Invitational at the Thurston Farm in New Gloucester, Maine.  It was a great event and many dogs from Maine had the privilege to run NAVHDA’s most prestigious test. Many of NAVHDA’s founders were judging that weekend……Bodo Winterhelt, John Kegel and Bill Jensen were three.  Again, in 2005, we were honored to have Bodo in attendance as the Yankee Chapter hosted the International Annual Meeting. It was the largest meeting in the history of the organization. 


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