The National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee celebrates the enduring bond between humans and their dogs. It is dedicated to sporting dogs and the owners, trainers, and hunters who join to share the thrill of the hunt.
The Sporting Dog Hall of Fame was started in the 1950s in Chicago, although there are records going back to the 19th century. The first National Field Trial Championship was held in 1896, testing the dogs' agility, strength, and endurance and their ability to find birds.
In 1991 the museum opened in Grand Junction and has expanded to 30,000 square feet of space filled with paintings, photographs, statues, trophies, guns and more.
Each year two dogs and two people are inducted into the Hall of Fame. The dogs have to be deceased and the people need to be at least 64 years old. People are chosen for their support of the sport by contributing financially or breeding champion dogs.
Admission is free but donations are accepted and yes, dogs are welcome.
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