“preserving the heritage of sporting dogs”
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 breed interests. 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.
Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The National Bird Dog Museum is one of the nicest specialty museums I have been to. Their collection covers everything bird dog related that you can imagine, and the place is massive. On top of a huge collection, they have a library, taxidermy room, and gift shop. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. One of the ladies working got me a water and gave me a tour of the place and the collection, and it was very interesting even to a layman such as myself.
The museum is a 30,000 square foot facility housing the Field Trial Hall of Fame, Sporting Dog Hall of Fame, Retriever Hall of Fame, and the Wildlife Heritage Center.
The Field Trial Hall of Fame displays portraits, photographs, personal belongings, and trophies of the most important figures, both human and canine, that have impacted the sports of field trialing and bird hunting.
The Sporting Dog Hall of Fame exhibits more portraits, photographs, and memorabilia showcasing specific dog breeds - including American Brittany, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer, Irish / Red Setter, Vizsla, and Weimaraner.
The Retriever Hall of Fame casts the spotlight on the various retriever breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and American Chesapeake Retrievers.
The Wildlife Heritage Center consists of a large collection of taxidermy showcasing the wildlife of North America and the and the William F. Brown Memorial Library. The library has an extensive collection of bird dog and game bird literature, a collection of stud books dating back to the 1910s, various periodicals including American Field, and resource material pertaining to wildlife conservation and resource management.
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