Titles are often reduced to
a bunch of letters. This is a guide to help you understand those
letters before and after the dog's name. There are many different
registries and organizations that offer titles. This is a guide
to AKC titles, followed by ASSA Awards.
AKC titles in front of a name
are competitive titles. This means the dog needed to defeat other
dogs to achieve this title. Dogs are awarded "points"
based on how many dogs they beat.
AKC titles behind the name
are non-competitive. Dogs perform a prescribed set of exercises
and are evaluated against a score. A dog earns "legs"
toward the title and after achieving the required number of "legs"
is awarded the title. Each "leg" must be awarded by
a different judge.
The following are all AKC titles:
Ch. -Champion - The only title
available in conformation. Dogs are evaluated against a written
standard of perfection. To achieve this title, a dog must win
15 points by defeating other dogs.
DC- Duel Champion. This title
can only be used for a dog that is both a breed Champion (Ch.)
and a Champion in the event for which the breed was originally
bred. In the case of shelties, a Herding Champion (HC) is the
other requirement. This title preceeds the dogs name.
Obedience Titles (in ascending
CD.- Companion Dog
CDX.- Companion Dog Excellent
UD.- Utility Dog
UDX- Utility Dog Excellent
OTCH.- Obedience Trial Champion.
Agility Titles (in ascending
NA.- Novice Agility
NAJ- Novice Jumpers with Weaves
OA- Open Agility
OAJ- Open Jumpers with Weaves
AX- Agility Excellent
AXJ- Excellent Jumpers with Weaves
MX- Master Agility
MXJ- Master Jumpers with Weaves
MACH- Master Agility Champion
Herding Titles (in ascending
HT.- Herding Tested
PT.- Pre-trial Tested
HS.- Herding Started
HI.- Herding Intermediate
HX.- Herding Excellent
HC.- Herding Champion
Tracking Titles (in ascending
TD- Tracking Dog
TDX- Tracking Dog Excellent
VST- Variable Surface Tracking Dog
The American Shetland Sheepdog
Association recognizes life accomplishments that are represented
by the following groups of letters. These accomplishments always
follow the name of the dog and any AKC titles earned.
ROM- Register of Merit. Awarded
to males who sire 10 or more AKC champions and to females who
produce 5 or more AKC champions.
CC- Century Club Member. Awarded
to dogs who win 100 Best of Breeds or more
VC- Versatility Certificate.
Awarded to those with achievements in conformation, herding,
and at least one of the following performance events; obedience,
agility or tracking.
VCX- Versatility Certificate
Excellent. Same as VC, but awarded to dogs with a higher level
HC- Herding Certificate. A
herding instinct test offered by the ASSA.