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Titles your dog can earn

What a title means....

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores.
A title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honour the dog, an ultimate memorial.
It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain.
Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.
And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted,
a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.
A title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-natured.
It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog,
and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed, and that in the end your faith was justified.
A title proves that your dog inspired you to have the 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 praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.
A title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently.

~~ Author Unknown

We've tried to make this list as complete and correct as possible but if you notice errors or omissions please let us know!

ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America): (website)

Conformation:

AOM - Award of Merit
BOB - Best of Breed
BIS - Best In Show
BISS - Best In Specialty Show

BOW - Best of Winners
CH - Champion
RWB - Reserve Winners Bitch
RWD - Reserve Winners Dog
WB - Winners Bitch
WD - Winners Dog

Obedience:

CD - Companion Dog
CDX - Companion Dog Excellent
OTCH - Obedience Trial Champion
TD - Tracking Dog
TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent
UD - Utility dog
UDX - Utility Dog Excellent and is earned by obtaining 10 legs. For a UDX, a leg is comprised of qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at the same trial. A dog which has its UD *and* tracking titles has them combined as UDT or UDTX (depending upon which tracking title it has).

Herding: (c, d, or s designation after a title = Cattle, Ducks or Sheep)

ATD - Advanced Dog
OFTD - Open Farm Trial Dog
OTD - Open Trial Dog
PATD - Post Advanced Trial Dog
RD - Ranch Dog. Ranch dog who demonstrate an ability to be of great assistance to their owner
RDX - Ranch Dog excellent
STD - Started Trial Dog
WTCH - Working Trial Champion. Dog has earned an ATD in all classes of stock, ducks, sheep and cattle

(note - all levels require two qualifying scores under two different judges on each type of stock, i.e. STDc requires two qualifying scores under two different judges on cattle, STDd requires two qualifying scores under two different judges on ducks, etc)

Agility: (NADAC is similar, but N, O, E go in front of AC and tack on a V for Veteran or JH for Juniors)

E - Elite
GI - Gamblers/Intenational
GJ - Gamblers/Junior
GS - Gamblers/Standard
GV - Gamblers/Veteran
JI - Jumpers/International
JJ - Jumpers/Junior
JS - Jumpers/standard
JV - Jumpers/Veteran
N - Novice
NATCH - NADAC's Agility Trial Champion
O - Open

RI - Regular/International
RJ - Regular/Junior Handler
RS - Regular/Standard
RV - Regular/Veteran

Special Recognition:

PCH - Performance Champion
SPCH - Supreme Performance Champion
SVCH - Supreme Versatility Champion
VCH - Versatility Champion

AKC (American Kennel Club): (website)

HT
Herding Tested:
For a title, a dog must qualify twice under 2 different judges. Dog may qualify twice in one day at the same event provided he/she is judged by different judges
HS
Herding Started:
Three qualifying scores in the Started classes 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HSAdsc
Herding Started Course A (ducks, sheep, cattle):
Three qualifying scores in the Started Course A classes using Ducks (HSAd), Sheep (HSAs) or Cattle (HSAc) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HSBdsc
Herding Started Course B (ducks, sheep, cattle):
Three qualifying scores in the Started Course B classes using Ducks (HSBd), Sheep (HSBs) or Cattle (HSBc) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HSCs
Herding Started Course C (sheep):
Three qualifying scores in the Started Course C classes using Sheep (HSCs) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HI
Herding Intermediate:
Three qualifying scores in the Intermediate classes from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HIAdsc
Herding Intermediate Course A (ducks, sheep, cattle):
Three qualifying scores in the Intermediate Course A classes using Ducks (HIAd), Sheep (HIAs) or Cattle (HIAc) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HIBdsc
Herding Intermediate Course B (ducks, sheep, cattle):
Three qualifying scores in the Intermediate Course B classes using Ducks (HIBd), Sheep (HIBs) or Cattle (HIBc) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HICs
Herding Intermediate Course C (sheep):
Three qualifying scores in the Intermediate Course C classes using Sheep (HICs) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HXAdsc
Herding Advanced Course A (ducks, sheep, cattle):
Three qualifying scores in the Advanced Course A classes using Ducks (HXAd), Sheep (HXAs) or Cattle (HXAc) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HXBdsc
Herding Advanced Course B (ducks, sheep, cattle):
Three qualifying scores in the Advanced Course B classes using Ducks (HXBd), Sheep (HXBs) or Cattle (HXBc) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HXCs
Herding Advanced Course C (sheep):
Three qualifying scores in the Advanced Course C classes using Sheep (HIAs) from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HX
Herding Excellent:
Three qualifying scores in the Advanced classes from 3 different judges at 3 different trials
HC
Herding Champion

AFC - Amateur Field Champion
AX - Agility Excellent
AX - Agility Excellent
AXJ - Excellent Jumpers With Weaves
CD - Companion Dog
CDX - Companion Dog Excellent
CGC - Canine Good Citizen
CH - Champion (conformation)
CT - Champion Tracker (TD, TDX & VST)
DC - Dual Champion (CH & FC)
FC - Field Champion
HC - Herding Champion
JC - Junior Courser
JE - Junior Earthdog
JH - Junior Hunter
MACH - Master Agility Champion
MC - Master Courser
ME - Master Earthdog
MH - Master Hunter
MX - Master Agility Excellent
MX - Master Agility Excellent
MXJ - Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves
NA - Novice Agility
NA - Novice Agility
NAFC - National Amateur Field Champion
NAJ - Novice Jumpers With Weaves
NFC - National Field Champion
NOC - National Obedience Champion
OA - Open Agility
OA - Open Agility
OAJ - Open Jumpers With Weaves
OTCH - Obedience Trial Champion
PT - Pre-Trial Tested
ROM - Register of Merit
ROMX -
SC - Senior Courser
SE - Senior Earthdog
SH - Senior Hunter
TC - Triple Champion ( CH, FC & OTCH)
TD - Tracking Dog
TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent
UD - Utility Dog
UDTD (UDT) - Utility Dog Tracking Dog, Utility Dog Tracking
UDTDX - Utility Dog Tracking Dog Excellent
UDVST - Utility Dog Variable Surface Tracking
UDX - Utility Dog Excellent
UDXTD - Utility Dog Excellent Tracking Dog
UDXTDX - Utility Dog Excellent Tracking Dog Excellent
UDXVST - Utility Dog Excellent Variable Surface Tracking
VST - Variable Surface Tracker

AHBA (American Herding Breed Association): (website)

HCT - Herding capable tested
 
   
HTD - Herding Trial Dog
   (levels I, II & III)
  The "Herding Trial Dog" section, using a standard course, leads to the title "HTD" followed by numerals indicating the dog's level:
HTD I (started level), HTD II (intermediate level), and HTD III (advanced level).
 
HRD - Herding Ranch Dog
   (levels I, II & III)
  The "Herding Ranch Dog" section, using a variety of courses held in a ranch or farm setting, leads to the title "HRD" similarly followed by numerals indicating the dog's level: HRD I, HRD II, and HRD III.
 
HTAD - Herding Trial Arena Dog
  
(levels I, II & III)
  The "Herding Trial Arena Dog" section, using one of several specified courses in an arena, leads to the title "HTAD" followed by numerals indicating the dog's level: HTAD I (started level), HTAD II (intermediate level) and HTAD III (advanced level).
 
HTCH - Herding Trial Championship   The "Herding Trial Championship" (HTCH) is earned after dogs have earned an advanced title in either the HTD, HRD or HTAD section.
 

(note - HTD and HRT titles may be earned on sheep, goats, ducks, geese, or cattle (except that HRD classes may not utilize ducks), with a small initial after the title indicating the type of stock on which the title was earned)

CKC (Canadian Kennel Club): (website)

HT - Herding Tested
HS - Herding Started
HI - Herding Intermediate
HA
- Herding Advanced

(note - all levels require three qualifying scores under two different judges, with the exception of the Herding Tested level, which only requires two passing scores)

Schutzhund:

SchHA - SchutzhundA, SchH level 1 obed & protection only no tracking
WH - Schutzhund Watchdog (obedience & guarding)
BH - Schutzhund Traffic-Sure Companion Dog (obed & temp/traffic test)

UKC:  (website)

U-AGI - Agility 1
U-AGII - Agility 2
U-ATCH - Agility Trial Champion
U-CDX - United companion dog excellent

USDAA: (website)

AD - Agility Dog
AAD - Advanced Agility Dog
MAD - Masters Agility dog
JM - Jumpers Master
GM - Gamblers Master
SM - Snookers Master
RM - Relay Master
VAD - Veteran Agility
ADCH - Agility Dog Champion

OTHERS:

ATTS (American Temperment Test Society) -  TT - Temperment tested

TDI - Therapy Dogs International

and some other titles

BH Title:
BH is the Companion Dog title. All dogs must obtain BH title before obtaining other Schutzhund titles.
The dog is tested on obedience and temperament under varying distractions (a jogger, passing vehicle, and or other dogs.)  Dog either passes or fails. No points.

Schutzhund Titles:
Obedience, Tracking, and Protection are tested on all levels, with increasing difficulty at each level.
Passing score is 70 on each of the three portions, maximum score of 100.

Schutzhund I: Novice Level. Prerequisite: BH
Schutzhund II: Intermediate Level. Prerequisite: Sch I
Schutzhund III: Master Level. Prerequisite: Sch II

Advanced Tracking-Specific Titles:
FH I: Advanced Tracking Level. Prerequisite: Sch I
FH II: Master Tracking Level. Prerequisite: FH I

Endurance Test:
AD: 12.5-mile endurance run for breed survey eligibility. No prerequisites. Dog must perform basic heeling exercises at the end of the run to verify mental stability.

Watchdog Title:
WH: Basic watchdog obedience and alerting. No prerequisites.

Also you can check out the Dog Fanciers' Acronym List at
http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/lists/acronym-list.html

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