About Earthdog Trials

Quite a few AKC Breeds are eligible to compete in Earthdog Trial events: 

  • Dachshunds 
  • Australian Terriers 
  • Bedlington Terriers 
  • Border Terriers 
  • Cairn Terriers 
  • Cesky Terriers 
  • Dandie Dinmont Terriers 
  • Glen of Imaal Terriers
  • German Jagdterriers 
  • Parson Russell Terriers 
  • Lakeland Terriers 
  • Manchester Terriers
  • Miniature Bull Terriers
  • Miniature Dachshunds
  • Miniature Pinschers
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Norfolk Terriers
  • Norwich Terriers
  • Rat Terriers
  • Russell Terriers
  • Scottish Terriers
  • Sealyham Terriers
  • Silky Terriers
  • Skye Terriers
  • Smooth Fox Terriers
  • Welsh Terriers
  • West Highland Terriers
  • Wire Fox Terriers
  • Yorkshire Terriers

In addition, dogs with a PAL number may be able to compete in Earthdog Trial events. Please contact the American Kennel Club for information on obtaining a PAL number

Earthdog enthusiasts from the Phoenix and Tucson area do not practice by placing their tunnels in the ground as that would expose the dogs to the endemic problem called Valley Fever or  coccidioidomycosis (a fungus found in the soil).

When preparing for practices, our  local Earthdog group places the liners on top of the ground and covers the joints between the sections with blankets or towels in an effort to darken the maze.

Arizona Earthdog Trials are held in various locations in Arizona where Valley Fever is not prevalent.

New for 2017: we are using a new venue - Chino Valley Equestrian Park

NOTE: All trials and practices run by the Arizona Earthdog Club follow the AKC guidelines and rules for these events.

Please see Earthdog Trial Information for details about classes and events. 

What is the Arizona Earthdog Club?

About Practices

​Arizona Earthdog Club

Welcome to the Arizona Earthdog Club 

The Arizona Earthdog Club is a group of terrier and dachshund owners who enjoy watching their dogs compete in Earthdog Trials. The club’s Trials are held in Arizona locations where Valley Fever is not prevalent in April and October. Practices are held at various times prior to Trial events.

This is the official site for information about the Arizona Earthdog Club. Earthdog is an American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned sport that includes fun events for our dogs and their humans.

October 21 - 22, 2017 - Fall Trial New Location:  Chino Valley Equestrian  Park 

The Earthdog Trial Premium pre-entry deadline is October 10, 2017 by 6pm.

The American Working Terrier Association event will be held on October 21st starting at 8:30 am at Chino Valley Equestrian Park.


If your dog is one of the breeds listed below, you and your pet are welcome to
join the Arizona Earthdog Club.

When are Trials held?

Arizona Earthdog Club Facebook page

Arizona Earthdog Club Trials are usually held in Fall and Spring at locations in Arizona where Valley Fever is not prevalent. Pre-entries with entry fees must be received in advance of the trial.

The next trial is October 21 - 22 2017 in Chino Valley, AZ.

Breed List For Earthdog Events

Arizona Earthdog Club updates