West Tennessee has a rich sporting dog heritage. Geographically,
the area is recognized as the birthplace of America's pointing dog field trials,
and as the home of the century-old National Field Trial Championship. It is an
important hub for bird dog enthusiasts the world over. Its proximity to the
Mississippi flyway attracts many waterfowl hunters and others with retriever
Located in Grand Junction, Tennessee, an hour east of
metropolitan Memphis and within easy driving distance of Nashville, the Bird Dog
Foundation, Inc. has established three outstanding facilities to preserve and
perpetuate our bird dog, field trial and hunting traditions. Included within the
facilities are four excellent collections.
The National Bird Dog Museum highlights more
than forty breeds of bird dogs, including pointing, flushing, and retrieving
breeds. To the Point - A Tribute to Pointing Dog by Dale
Spartas and Tom Davis highlights the variety of the breeds, the training and the
beauty of the sport.
The Field Trial Hall of Fame showcases the
field trial superstars. These heroes both human and canine played a significant
role in the development of the sporting breeds. Reflections on Bird Dogs and
the Men Who Handled Them by Ed Mack Farrior will get you familiar with the
experiences of the trainers and brief histories of winning dogs.
The Wildlife Heritage Center is a favorite
family attraction. It has a variety of taxidermy mounts, a nature classroom and
an expansive library complete with a children's reading corner.
The National Retriever Museum which showcases
dogs and people dating back to the 1930's. The
retrieving dog breed has a rich history originating from a variety of
environments and backgrounds providing an exciting dimension to the sport dog