Dog Sport Titles

On this website you'll see titles in various dog sports leading and trailing behind many dog's names. Here's a brief guide to those abbreviations.

Schutzhund Titles

A German sport with tracking, obedience, and protection phases.

Title Title Name
B/BH
Begliethunde (companion obedience and traffic sureness):
A temperament test required prior to entering a schutzhund trial. Dog must receive qualifying score in the obedience phase before moving to the traffic sureness and temperament portion of the test.
SchH1
Schutzhund 1:
The lowest titling level in schutzhund. A dog must receive qualifying scores in three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection.
SchH2
Schutzhund 2:
The intermediate titling level in schutzhund. A dog must receive qualifying scores in three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection.
SchH3
Schutzhund 3:
The highest titling level in schutzhund. A dog must receive qualifying scores in three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection.
FH1
Fahrtenhund 1 (advanced tracking test):
An advanced tracking test roughly equivalent in difficulty to an AKC TDX.
FH2
Fahrtenhund 2 (advanced tracking test):
An advanced tracking test more rigorous than the FH1.
 

French Ring/Mondioring Titles

A sport with several different flavors (French, Belgian, Mondio) with obedience, agility, and protection components.

Title Title Name
BTr
Ring Brevet:
The introductory test in French Ring and Mondioring. A dog must receive qualifying scores in three phases: agility, obedience, and protection.
FR1/MR1
Ring 1:
The first titling level in Ring. A dog must receive qualifying scores in three phases: agility, obedience, and protection at two different trials.
FR2/MR2
Ring 2:
The intermediate titling level in Ring. A dog must receive qualifying scores in three phases: agility, obedience, and protection at two different trials.
FR3/MR3
Ring 3:
The highest titling level in Ring. A dog must receive qualifying scores in three phases: agility, obedience, and protection at two different trials.
 

KNPV Titles & Distinctions

A Dutch sport with scentwork, waterwork, obedience, agility, and protection components. KNPV titles may be designated as "met lof" meaning "with honors" if the dog scores a perfect score and is invited to complete an extra exercise by the judges.

Title Title Name
PH1
Politiehund 1:
The entry titling level in KNPV. A dog must receive qualifying scores in scentwork, waterwork, obedience, agility, and protection.
PH2
Politiehond 2:
The highest titling level in KNPV. A dog must receive qualifying scores in scentwork, waterwork, obedience, agility, and protection.
ObH
Objectbewakinghond 1:
The KNPV Guard Dog certification. The ObH examination is similar to the PH1 but does not include waterwork.
SpH
Speurhond:
The KNPV Police Tracking Dog certification. The ObH examination is similar to the PH1 in obedience and agility, but has much more rigorous tests of tracking and scent discrimination.
RH
Reddingshond:
The KNPV Search and Rescue Dog certification. The SpH examination is similar to the PH1 in obedience and agility, but has much more rigorous tests of tracking, waterwork, and scent discrimination.
Met Lof
Certificate with Honors:
A distinction earned when the dog scores above a set threshold (each titling venue varies) in a KNPV trial.
 

Versatile Companion Dog Titles

An AKC title recognizing dogs titled in obedience, tracking, and agility

VCD1
Versatile Companion Dog 1:
Must complete CD, NA, NAJ, TD or CD, NAP, NJP, TD
VCD2
Versatile Companion Dog 2:
Must complete CDX, OA, OAJ, TD or CDX, OAP, OJP, TD
VCD3
Versatile Companion Dog 3:
Must Complete UD, AX, AXJ, TDX or UD, AXP, AJP, TDX
VCD4
Versatile Companion Dog 4:
Must complete UDX, MX, MXJ, VST or UDX, MXP, MJP, VST
 

Obedience Titles & Distinctions

AKC or UKC tests of obedience skills getting progressively more complex as the classes advance.

Title Title Name
CD
Companion Dog:
The novice level obedience test. Dogs must complete three "legs" to earn this title.
CDX
Companion Dog Excellent:
The intermediate level obedience test. Dogs must complete three "legs" to earn this title.
UD
Utility Dog:
The advanced level obedience test. Dogs must complete three "legs" to earn this title.
UDX
Utility Dog Excellent:
To earn a UDX, the dog must have received qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 separate licensed or member obedience trials.
OTCH
Obedience Trial Champion:
Dog must have won:
100 points;
Dog must receive at least one first place Open B, one first place Utility and a third first place ribbon in either class
•First places must be awarded by 3 different judges
•Must be at all-breed events One of the required first places may have been won at a Specialty Show.
•Open B must have 6 in competition
•Utility must have 3 in competition
HIT
High in Trial:
A distinction earned when the dog receives the highest qualifying score of all regular (titling) obedience classes at an obedience trial.
HC
High Combined:
A distinction earned when the dog receives the highest total score of dogs competing towards their UDX and/or OTCH computed by adding their Open and Utility scores together.
 

Agility Titles

AKC or USDAA tests of agility skills getting progressively more complex as the classes advance.

NA & NAJ
Novice Agility/Novice Jumpers:
The novice level AKC agility test. Dogs must quality three times to earn this title.
OA & OAJ
Open Agility/Open Jumpers:
The intermediate level AKC agility test. Dogs must quality three times to earn this title.
AX & AXJ
Agility Excellent/Excellent Jumpers:
The advanced level AKC agility test. Dogs must quality three times to earn this title.
MX & MXJ
Master Agility Excellent/Master Jumpers:
A dog must earn 10 qualifying scores in Excellent B (Standard & Jumpers respectively) after earning their AX/AXJ.
MACH
Master Agility Champion:
A dog must achieve a minimum of 750 championship points and 20 double qualifying scores obtained from the Excellent B Standard Agility class and the Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class.
AD
Agility Dog:
The starters level USDAA agility test. Dogs must quality three times to earn this title.
AAD
Advanced Agility Dog:
The advanced level USDAA agility test. Dogs must quality three times to earn this title.
MAD
Master Agility Dog:
The masters level USDAA agility test. Dogs must quality three times to earn this title.
ADCH
Agility Dog Champion:
A dog must achieve the MAD plus 4 additional legs from each of the Masters Games classes and five qualifiers in tournament classes.
 

Tracking Titles

TD
Tracking Dog:
The basic level AKC Tracking test.
TDX
Tracking Dog Excellent:
The advanced level AKC Tracking test.
 

Breed Titles

CH
Breed Champion:
Dogs must acquire 15 points, including 2 majors won under different judges and at least one point under a third different judge.