Dog Sport Titles & Abbreviations


AAC Agility Association of Canada
AHBA American Herding Breeds Association
AKC American Kennel Club
ASCA Australian Shepherd Club of America
ASFA American Sighthound Field Association
AWMA American Working Malinois Association
AWTA American Working Terrier Association
CKC Canadian Kennel Club
DVG Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshundsportvereine
JRTCA Jack Russell Terrier Club of America
NACA North American Coursing Association
NADAC North American Dog Agility Council
NAFA North American Flyball Association
NAOFA North American Open Field Association
NAHRA North American Hunting Retriever Association
UFLI United Flyball League International
UKC United Kennel Club (USA)
USCA United Schutzhund Clubs of America
USDAA United States Dog Agility Association
USMRA United States Mondio Ring Association
USPCA United States Police Canine Association
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Agility Titles

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

AKC (American Kennel Club)
JC Junior Courser (suffix)
F.Ch. Field Champion (prefix)
SC Senior Courser (suffix)
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)
NACA (North American Coursing Association)
NACC NACA Coursing Champion
NACM NACA Courser of Merit
NAOFA (North American Open Field Association)
CC Coursing Champion
CM Courser of Merit


German Titles & Ratings

IPO, Schutzhund and Show Ratings/Titles
* 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 A German Companion Dog title that must precede SchH I. Similar to Kennel Club CD and CGC test in one.
BlH Blindenhund Blind guide dog
CACIB European International Champion
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 (international working tests) - Similar Sch III according to the international rules. Replaces Schutzhund internationally in 2012.
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
LP A puppy title meaning Less Promising
M Mangelhaft - Faulty show or performance rating
P A puppy title meaning Promising
PDH Polizei Dienst Hund - Working Police dog
PSP Polizeischutzhundprufung - Police protection dog
SchH I, II, III Schutzhund - Obedience, tracking, and protection titles. The dog must pass all three phases to earn the title.
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
Sieger Grand Victor title at the German Sieger show
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 dogs and bitches each year
VH Vorhanden - Sufficient show or performance rating
VP A puppy title meaning Very Promising
WH watchdog title
WPO International Police Dog trials. A dog with WPO after it's name is a certified police dog who competed at the WPO
ZB Zuchtbewertung - Conformation show rating
ZH I, II Zollhund I, II - Customs dog
ZPr Zuchtpruefung - Passed a breed survey, recommended for breeding
Siegerin Highest Sieger bitch title
Bundesieger Working Dog Champion of the Year (Leistungssieger)
Europameister World Champion SchH III dog
Hutesiger Herding Dog Champion at German herding dog championship
Leistungssieger Working Dog Champion of the Year (Bundesieger)
Preishuten Sieger Sheepherding Champion of the Year

Dogs are also rated and must achieve an G (good), SG (very good), V (excellent), or VA (excellent select) rating to be breed, as well as hip certification and a working degree.

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Herding Titles

AHBA (American Herding Breeds 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 Herd Dog

*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.

AKC (American Kennel Club)
HCH Herding Companion (prefix)
HI Herding Intermediate
HS Herding Started
HT Herding Tested
HX Herding Excellent
PT Pre-Trial Tested
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)

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


Obedience Titles

AKC (American Kennel Club)
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)
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)
CKC (Canadian Kennel Club)
CD Companion Dog (AKC, CKC)
CDX Companion Dog Excellent (AKC, CKC)
OTCh Obedience Trial Champion (prefix) (AKC, CKC)
TD Tracking Dog (AKC, CKC)
TDX Tracking Dog Excellent (AKC, CKC)
UD Utility Dog (AKC, CKC)
UKC (United Kennel Club)
U-CD Companion Dog (prefix) (UKC)
U-CDX Companion Dog Excellent (prefix) (UKC)
U-UD Utility Dog (prefix) (UKC)
  1. 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.
  2. There are no combined titles for dogs with UDX and other tracking titles.
  3. 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.)

Working Certificates (Breed Clubs)

DD Draft dog (NCA)
TDD Team draft dog (NCA)
VN Versatile Newfoundland (NCA)

Miscellaneous Titles

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