• BHULISA - German Shorthaired Pointers
  • BHULISA - German Shorthaired Pointers
  • BHULISA - German Shorthaired Pointers
  • BHULISA - German Shorthaired Pointers
  • BHULISA - German Shorthaired Pointers

2017 News !!:

Bhulisa dogs had a great year in Field Trials and in SAVHDA tests! We’d like to brag a lit...
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Bhulisa SAVHDA Results 2017:

SAVHDA Tests Our dogs have done well in SAVHDA testing, showing their true Versatility! ...
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Bhulisa Field Trial Results 2017:

2017 Bhulisa Field Trial Results: We had a very successful year in Field Trials, winning ...
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Bhulisa Field Trial Results 2015:

TEAM BHULISA - Field Trials 2015 Very proud of the way the dogs performed throughout the ...
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Performance Testing

We strive to produce the highest quality GSP’s that we possibly can, and breed only with fit and healthy individuals whose natural abilities and desire to please make for easy training, and whose drive and conformation allow for strong work ethics and stamina.

Our dogs are as comprehensively tested in Club tests and Field Trials as any dogs in South Africa. We breed only with dogs that have proven themselves in the following manner:

  • The Natural Ability Test is essentially a puppy test for the HPR breeds that is offered on Club level but is recognized by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa. This test is conducted at a very basic level and tests for most of the inherent abilities that a GSP should have. Pups should display hunting desire, the instinct to point planted birds, have a good scenting ability (nose), do a basic retrieve from land and water, show some tractability and no major temperamental faults, and not be sensitive or shy to gunshot. However, this test does not test the finding and holding of natural game or retrieving of game, nor for any advanced retrieving, training or water work. A basic conformation exam is also done at the conclusion of the test. This test is offered by the Cape Field Trial Club, the Transvaal Hunt Point and Retrieve Field Trial Club, and the KZN Hunt, Point and Retrieve Field Trial Club.

  • SAVHDA (the South African Versatile Hunting Dog Association) is a relatively new association dedicated to performance testing of the Versatile/HPR breeds. The Tests are based on German testing systems in use in Europe and the USA. SAVHDA is a very exciting development on the Versatile/HPR scene!! The testing system allows a detailed assessment of the Versatile dog's abilities in the field on natural game, and tests the retrieving and mental capabilities fully!

The Junior Versatile Hunting Test (JVHT) is basically a Natural Ability Test. This test is exactly the same as the NAVHDA test and very similar to the German natural ability test (JVP). Dogs must be 16 months of age or less to enter the JVHT.

The Novice Hunting Test (NHT) is more advanced than the Junior, and tests the basic capabilities of the Versatile dog. A functional level of field performance and retrieving from land and water is required. It is also a good test for natural abilities, and gives a very good indication of the dog's innate qualities.

The Advanced Versatile Hunting Test (AdVHT) or Older Dog Versatile Hunting Test (OVHT) is exactly the same as the German Solms or the HZP, which are the breed tests for the versatile dogs in Germany. OVHT is the designation for dogs that are tested when older than 2 years of age. It is a demanding test of the Versatile dog!

SAVHDA Tests examine the versatile dog completely from field work, to retrieving, tracking and water work, and therefore complement and supplement Field Trials extremely well. SAVHDA tests do not replace field trial accomplishment, but rather look at the versatile dog's performance in a more comprehensive and detailed manner. They are not a competition of one dog against another, but the individual dog's abilities and training from a practical and ethical hunting perspective. Find out more on the SAVHDA website!

  • HPR Field Trials represent the highest level of competition for HPR dogs in South Africa and provide for an extremely high standard of performance and polish in what is effectively upland wingshooting, that is, the questing and finding of francolin, partridges and occasionally guinea fowl.

    Practically, however, only fairly simple retrieves are presented to the dogs under these circumstances and consequently the testing emphasis of Field Trials focuses primarily on the questing and finding aspects of the dog’s work. Only a very basic water retrieve is required for prizes at the highest level. Although Field Trials are a fundamentally important testing ground, they do not pretend to fully test the many other versatile capabilities that are essential to a good German Shorthaired Pointer, such as the ability to persevere on a retrieve or in the water, to track and recover a wounded bird over long distances, or to retrieve the largest of our geese with ease from land or water.

    Field Trials are a highly competitive sport and the system only tests the limited number of dogs that belong to individuals that have a specific interest in, and commitment to the sport of Field Trialing. Unfortunately, many hunters have neither the interest in nor the time for Field Trials, which is a pity because many dogs are never tested.

    Field Trials are recognized by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa and the National Field Trial Association and are offered by the Western Cape Field Trial Club, the Cape Field Trial Club, the Transvaal Hunt Point and Retrieve Field Trial Club and the KZN HPR Field Trial Club.

  • While Hunting. In addition to the official tests, our dogs are evaluated in the field, and must meet our personal criteria in all areas for hunting performance. Under rare and special circumstances where conventional Club testing is not possible, we personally evaluate dogs that show good potential in order to establish without doubt that they will add value to our breeding program.

No single test in isolation provides an absolute measure of an HPR gundog, and it is therefore important for breeding purposes that dogs are evaluated in as many of these arenas as possible. In order to ensure compliance with the required performance standards of the breed, we place a breeding restriction on our puppies until each has qualified in terms of at least one, and preferably more, of the above.



A healthy, sound dog is extremely important! Longevity is important!

Not only do working dogs have to have the physical qualities of sound conformation, but they also have to be free of any debilitating or costly health conditions that would compromise their usefulness as a working dog and their suitability as a family companion. No one wants to be saddled with a dog that cannot work because of health issues, or, to find that their beloved companion will not lead a long life.

We consider health as important as the performance qualities. Therefore, our breeding stock must be free of any health conditions that would affect their working or family life. Additionally, before any of our own dogs are bred, they are evaluated, graded and cleared for Hip dysplasia by either an official SAVA FCI scrutineer, or, by the British Veterinary Asso Hip Scheme. Most of our breeding dogs also possess a current South African Veterinary Association Eye Examination Certificate.

Recently, a tragic and lethal disease has appeared in the German Shorthaired Pointer. This disease is Lupoid Dermatosis (LD), and experts estimate that approximately 15 - 20 % of German Shorthaired Pointers worldwide are carriers! The disease is manifested mainly as severe skin lesions, however, the entire body and internal organs are also affected. Dogs rarely live beyond a few years of age, even with the best of treatments. It is imperative that breeders begin to test for the status of their breeding stock. The mode of transmission of the responsible mutant gene is simple autosomal recessive, therefore a carrier may exist and be perpetuated for many generations without any concern, since carriers do not manifest the disease. However, carriers do transmit the gene to approximately half of their offspring. The main problem arises when a carrier is bred to another carrier - with resulting affected puppies. I must stress that this is a debilitating and lethal disease! We have tested our breeding stock for about 5 years now, and they are clear! To read more about Lupoid Dermatosis, follow this link. The only current laboratory that can test for LD is in the USA at the PennGen Laboratories. Go to their website to find out how to collect and submit samples of your GSPs for genetic testing. Once at the page provided, select Test by Breed - German Shorthaired Pointer. You will find the test for Lupoid Dermatosis and further instructions.

Our imports from the USA come with generations of equivalent Health Testing!