The NAVHDA Utility Test is designed to test a hunting dog's usefulness to the on-foot hunter in all phases of hunting both before and after the shot, in field and marsh and on different species of game. A Utility Prize I score must be earned before a dog is invited to participate in the NAVHDA Invitational. Not every dog earning a Prize I elects to test at the Invitational.
The first Spinone earned a Utility Prize I on November 21, 1999 with a score of 187. The first maximum score of 204 by a Spinone was attained September 15, 2001.