Working Dog Titles

Why Title a Dog

Not just the ability to brag or just a stepping stone to a higher title and not just an adjunct to competitive scores … a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog … the ultimate memorial. It will remain on record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And though the dog itself doesn’t know or care that its achievements have been noted … a title says many things in the world of humans where such things matter.

A title says your dog is intelligent and adaptable to training and conditioning. It says that your dog loved and respected you enough to do what pleases his human … however crazy things may have seemed at that moment.

And a title says that you love your dog … that you loved your dog enough to spend the time it took to earn that title and that you believed in your dog enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that in the end, the faith in your dog, was justified.

A title proves that your dog inspired you enough to build that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.

And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind … the best you can give to a deserving friend … volumes of pride in one small set of initials after the name.

A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.

 

 

 

  • 6-9 month – puppy
  • 9-12 month – puppy
  • 12-18 month – For dogs that are not yet champions
  • Novice – For dogs six months of age and over, which have NOT YET won 3 first prizes in the Novice Class, a first prize in Bred-by-Exhibitor, American-bred, or Open Classes, nor one or more points toward their championship.
  • American-Bred – (AmBred) – For dogs born in the United States from a mating which took place in the United States, that are not yet champions.
  • Bred-by-Exhibitor – (BredBy) – For dogs that are exhibited by their owner and breeder, that are not yet champions.
  • Open – (all other adult) Dogs. – For any dog at least 6 months of age.
  • Specials – Dogs who are already Champions who are just competing for Best of Breed and Group placings. They do not compete against each other. All the Specials go into the ring together.
  • Veterans – Dogs older than 7 years – not always offered at every show

 

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Abbreviation
Breed Acronyms
BC Border Collie
CBR Chesapeake Bay Retriever
CCR Curly-Coated Retriever
FCR Flat-Coated Retriever
GD Great Dane
GR Golden Retriever
HSD German Shepherd Dog
GSP German Shorthaired Pointer
GWP German Wirehaired Pointer
LR Labrador Retriever
OES Old English Sheepdog
PBGP Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
PWC Pembroke Welsh Corgi

 

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Abbreviations
Organizations
AAC Agility Association of Canada
AKC American Kennel Club
CKC Canadian Kennel Club
NADAC North American Dog Agility Council
UKC United Kennel Club (USA)
USDAA US Dog Agility Association

 

 

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Abbreviations
Miscellaneous Titles
AOE Award of Excellence
CGC Canine Good Citizen Certificate
CG Certificate of Gameness – (American Working Terrier Association)
CH Champion (prefix)
HIC Herding Instinct Certified
ROM Register of Merit
TD Therapy Dog
TDI Therapy Dog International
TT Temperment Tested

 

 

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Abbreviations
AKC Herding Titles
HCH Herding Companion (prefix)
HI Herding Intermediate
HS Herding Started
HT Herding Tested
HX Herding Excellent
PT Pre-Trial Tested

 

 

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Abbreviations
Fly Ball Titles
FD Flyball Dog
FDX Flyball Dog Excellent
FDCh Flyball Champion
FDM Flyball Master
FMX Flyball Master Excellent
FMch Flyball Master Champion
ONYX Award based on points – (named after 1st recipient)
FDGCh Flyball Grand Champion

 

 

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Abbreviations
Agility Titles
AX Agility Excellent (AKC)
MX Master Agility Excellent (AKC)
NA Novice Agility (AKC)
OA Open Agility (AKC)
NAJ Novice Jumper With Weaves (AKC)
OAJ Open Jumper With Weaves (AKC)
AXJ Excellent Jumper With Weaves (AKC)
MXJ Master Jumper With Weaves (AKC)
U-AGI Agility I (UKC)
U-AGII Agility II (UKC)
U-ACH Agility Champion (UKC)
U-ACHX Agility Champion Excellent (UKC)
AD Agility Dog (USDAA)
VAD Veteran Agility Dog (USDAA)
VAAD Veteran Advanced Agility Dog (USDAA)
VMAD Veteran Master Agility Dog (USDAA)
VS Veterans Snooker
VJ Veterans Jumper
VG Veterans Gambler
VPD Veteran Performance Dog
AAD Advanced Agility Dog (USDAA)
MAD Master Agility Dog (USDAA)
SM Snooker Master (USDAA)
GM Gambler Master (USDAA)
PM Pairs Master (USDAA)
JM Jumpers Master (USDAA)
ADCH Agility Dog Champion (USDAA)
ADC Agility Dog of Canada (AAC)
AADC Advanced Agility Dog of Canada (AAC)
MADC Master Agility Dog of Canada (AAC)
O-, S- Outstanding, Superior Peformance, prefixed to any NADAC title
NAC, NAC-V, NAC-JH Novice Standard, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
OAC, OAC-V, OAC-JH Open Standard, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
EAC, EAC=V, EAC-JH Elite Standard, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
NGC, NGC-V, NGC-JH Novice Gamblers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
OGC, OGC-V, OGC-JH Open Gamblers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
EGC, EGC-V, EGG-JH Elite Gamblers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
NJC, NJC-V, NJC-JH Novice Jumpers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
OJC, OJC-V, OJC-JH Open Jumpers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
EJC, EJC-V, EJC-JH Elite Jumpers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)
NATCh Agility Trial Champion (NADAC)

 

 

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Abbreviations
Obedience Titles
CD Companion Dog (AKC, CKC)
CDX Companion Dog Excellent (AKC, CKC)
CT Champion Tracker (a dog with a TD, TDX and VST) (AKC)
OTCh Obedience Trial Champion (prefix) (AKC, CKC)
TD Tracking Dog (AKC, CKC)
TDX Tracking Dog Excellent (AKC, CKC)
U-CD Companion Dog (prefix) (UKC)
U-CDX Companion Dog Excellent (prefix) (UKC)
U-UD Utility Dog (prefix) (UKC)
UD Utility Dog (AKC, CKC)
UDT Utility Dog title with a Tracking Dog title (AKC)
UDTX Utility Dog title with a Tracking Dog Excellent title (AKC)
UDX Utility Dog Excellent (AKC)
UDVST Utility Dog title with a Variable Surface Tracking title (AKC)
VCD1 Versatile Companion Dog (AKC) has completed CD, NA, NAJ, TD or CD, NAP, NJP, TD
VCD2 Versatile Companion Dog (AKC) has completed CDX, OA, OAJ, TD or CDX, OAP, OJP, TD
VCD3 Versatile Companion Dog (AKC) has completed UD, AX, AXJ, TDX or UD, AXP, AJP, TDX
VCD4 Versatile Companion Dog (AKC) has completed UDX, MX, MXJ, VST or UDX, MXP, MJP, VST
VCCH Versatile Companion Champion (AKC prefix) has completed OTCH, MACH and CT
VST Variable Surface Tracking (AKC)

Note:

  • The AKC OTCh is much different and more difficult to achieve than the Canadian (CKC) OTCh. The CKC OTCh is equivalent to getting a Canadian UD. In other words the CKC UD = CKC OTCh.
  • There are no combined titles for dogs with UDX and other tracking titles.
  • The Champion Tracker title is not a competitively earned title and does not figure into Dual or Triple Champion titles. (The OTCH can be the third CH in a Triple, though.)

 

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Abbreviations
Schutzhund
AD 12 1/2 mile endurance run
BH German Equivalent of a CD and CGC Test in One
SchH I, SchH II, SchH III Comprising Three Phases – Tracking, Obedience and Protection – Dog must pass all three phases to earn title.
FH Advanced Tracking Title (comparable to TDX)
WH Watchdog Title
KKL Koer’d means the dog is certified as eligible for breeding under the German breed survey system.
WPO International Police Dog Trials – A dog with WPO after it’s name is a certified police dog who competed at the WPO

 

 

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Abbreviations
Herding Titles – AHBA
(American Herding Breed Association)
HCT Herding Capable Tested
* HTD1 Herding Trial Dog – First Level
* HTD2 Herding Trial Dog – Second Level
* HTD3 Herding Trial Dog – Third Level
JHD Junior Herding Dog

Note:

  • * The official AHBA HTD title can have up to 4 suffixes: -d for ducks; -s for sheep; -g for goats; or -c for cattle.
  • The title will always have at least one of these suffixes.

 

 

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Abbreviations
Herding Titles – ASCA
(Australian Shepherd Club of America)
* ATD Advanced Trial Dog
* OTD Open Trial Dog
RD Ranch Dog (dog has been evaluated by a judge while doing its routine farm tasks & certified to be a useful working dog)
* STD Started Trial Dog
WTCH Working Trial Champion (prefix) – (dog has earned ATD on all 3 types of stock)

Note:

  • * Always with suffix -s, -d, -c to indicate title earned on sheep, ducks or cattle.
  • Titles earned separately on each type of stock.

 

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Abbreviations
Field Trials – AKC & CKC
AFC Amateur Field Champion – (prefix) – (must be owner handled)
CFC Canadian Field Champion – (prefix)
CAFC Canadian Amateur Field Champion – (prefix)
FC Field champion – (prefix) – (Can be professional handler, open class)
FD Field Dog – (Pointing – CKC)
FDJ Field Dog Junior – (Pointing – CKC)
FDX Field Dog Excellent – (Pointing – CKC)
NFC National Field Champion – (prefix)

 

 

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Abbreviations
Go To Ground – Terrier Trials – Tests
JE Junior Earthdog – (AKC)
ME Master Earthdog – (AKC)
SE Senior Earthdog – (AKC)

 

 

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Abbreviations
Coursing Titles – ASFA
(American Sighthound Field Association)
F.Ch. Field Champion
LCM Lure Courser of Merit
LCM2 Lure Courser of Merit 2 – (Has met the requirements for LCM twice over. LCM3, LCM4, etc. are also available)

 

 

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Abbreviations
Coursing Titles – AKC
JC Junior Courser (suffix)
SC Senior Courser (suffix)
F.Ch. Field Champion (prefix)

 

 

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Abbreviations
Coursing Titles – NAOFA
(North American Field Association)
CC Coursing Champion
CM Courser of Merit

 

 

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Abbreviations
Coursing Titles – NACA
(North American Coursing Association)
NACC NACA Coursing Champion
NACM NACA Courser of Merit

 

 

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Abbreviations
Hunt Test Titles
GMHR Grand Master Hunting Retriever – (NAHRA)
JH Junior Hunter – (AKC)
SH Senior Hunter – (AKC)
SR Started Retriever – (NAHRA)
MH Master Hunter – (AKC)
MHR Master Hunting Retriever – (NAHRA)
WR Working Retriever – (NAHRA)

 

 

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Abbreviations
Working Certificates – Breed Clubs
WAC Working Aptitude Certificate – (Doberman Pincher Club of America)
WC Working Certificate – (Various Breed Clubs – Differs)
WCI Working Certificate Intermediate – (Various Breed Clubs – Differs)
WCX Working Certificate Excellent (Various Breed Clubs – Differs)
WD Working Dog – (American Chesapeake Club – ACC)
WDX Working Dog Excellent – (ACC)
WDO Working Dog Qualified – (ACC)
WD Water Dog – (Newfoundland Club of America – NCA)
WRD Water Rescue Dog – (NCA)
DD Draft Dog – (NCA)
TDD Team Draft Dog – (NCA)
VN Versatile Newfoundland – (NCA)

 

 

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Abbreviations
German Titles & Ratings
* Used farther back in pedigrees to save room and denotes kkl-l or kkl-II.Before a dog’s name, indicates dog has been surveyed and approved for breeding.
a “a” stamp indicating the dog’s hips have been evaluated and fall within limits considered acceptable for breeding
A Ausreichend – Sufficient show or performance rating
AD Ausdauerpruefung – Endurance title (test includes a 12-mile run & simple obedience test)
Angekoert Recommended for breeding
BH German Companion Dog Must precede SchH I
B1H Blindenhund Blind guide dog
DH Diensthund – Service dog
FH Fahrtenhund – Most advanced tracking title awarded by the SV
G Gut – Good show or performance rating
GRH Grenzenhund – Border patrol dog
HGH Herdengebrauchshund – Herding dog
IPO I, II, III International Prufungorden (internaltional working tests) – Sch III according to the international rules
KKL I Koerklasse I – Especially recommended for breeding
KKL II Koerklasse II – Suitable for breeding
KrH Kriegshund – War dog
Lbz Lebenszeit – Breed surveyed for lifetime
M Mangelhaft – Faulty show or performance rating
PDH Polizei Dienst Hund – Working Police dog
PSP Polizei Schutzhund Prufung – Police protection dog
SchH I, II, III Schutzhund – Obedience, tracking, and protection titles
SG Sehr Gut – Very Good show or performance rating; The maximum rating any dog can have without a Schutzhund title; highest rating obtainable by dogs under 2 years old or at USA SchH shows.
VP A puppy title meaning Very Promising
P A puppy title meaning Promising
LP A puppy title meaning Less Promising
U Ungenugend – Unsatisfactory show or performance rating
V Vorzuglich – Excellent show or performance rating – Dog must minimally have a SchH 1 title
VA Vorzuglich-Auslese – Excellent Select show rating at Sieger show; highest award obtainable by a German show dog; can only be awarded to an outstanding conformation dog with at least a SchH 2 title; Typically awarded to 12-15 studs and bitches each year.
VH Vorhanden – Sufficient show or performance rating
ZB Zuchtbewertung – Conformation show rating
ZH I, II Zollhund I, II – Customs Dog
ZPr Zuchtpruefung – Passed a breed survey, recommended for breeding
CACIB European International Champion
Bundesieger Working Dog Champion of the Year (Leistungs Sieger)
Europameister World Champion SchH III dog
Hutesiger Herding Dog Champion at German herding dog championship
Leistungs Sieger Working Dog Champion of the Year (Bunde Sieger)
Preishuten Sieger Sheep Herding Champion of the Year
Sieger Grand Victor title at the German Sieger show
Siegerin Highest Sieger bitch title

Note:

Dogs are also rated and must achieve a rating to be breed, as well as hip certification and a working degree. Ratings are as follows …

  • G (Good)
  • SG (Very Good)
  • V (Excellent),
  • VA (Excellent Select)

 

 

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Abbreviations
Other Dog Related Acronyms
ACVO American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
BJ Broad Jump or Bar Jump (context)
CERF Canine Eye Registry Foundation
DJ Directed Jumping
DOR Drop on Recall
F8 Figure Eight
HD Hip Displasia (sometimes CHD)
ILP AKC Indefinite Listing Privilege for unpapered purebreds
LP UKC’s Listing Privilege for unpapered purebreds/mixed breeds
OFA Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
ROF Retrieve on the Flat
ROH Retrieve over the High Jump