What do all those letters mean?

 

When you see a dog’s registered name, often there will be a confusing array of letters before and after it.  Each registry offers its own titles, most of them in several different venues.  Here’s help with deciphering what all those letters mean.

 

CKC (Canadian Kennel Club)

 

Conformation

 

Ch.

Champion

Obedience

 

CD

Companion Dog

 

CDX

Companion Dog Excellent

 

UD

Utility Dog

 

O.T.Ch.

Obedience Trial Champion

 

O.T.Ch.X.

Obedience Trial Champion Excellent

 

M.O.T.Ch.

Master Obedience Trial Champion

 

G.M.O.T.Ch.

Grand Master Obedience Trial Champion

Herding

 

HT

Herding Tested

 

HS

Herding Started

 

HI

Herding Intermediate

 

HA

Herding Advanced

 

HX

Herding Excellent

 

S.D.S

Stock Dog Started

 

S.D.I.

Stock Dog Intermediate

 

S.D.A.

Stock Dog Advanced

 

H.T.T.

Herding Tending Tested

 

H.S.T.

Herding Tending Started

 

H.I.T.

Herding Tending Intermediate

 

H.A.T.

Herding Tending Advanced

 

HC

Herding Champion

 

DC

Dual Champion (Herding Champion + Champion in another CKC event)

Agility

 

AG.N.     

Agility Dog Novice

 

AG.I.

Agility Dog Intermediate

 

Ag.X.

Agility Dog Excellent

 

AG.M.X.

Agility Dog Masters

 

AG.N.J.

Agility Novice Jumper

 

AG.I.J.

Agility Intermediate Jumper

 

AG.X.J.

Agility Excellent Jumper

 

AG.M.X.J.

Agility Master Excellent Jumper

 

AG.M.CH.

Agility Master Champion

Rally Obedience

 

RN

Rally Novice

 

RI

Rally Intermediate

 

RA

Rally Advanced

Tracking

 

TD

Tracking Dog

 

TDX

Tracking Dog Excellent

 

UTD

Urban Tracking Dog

 

UTDX

Urban Tracking Dog Excellent

 

TC

Tracking Champion

 

ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America)

 

Conformation:

 

CH

Champion

 

A-CH

Altered Champion

Tracking:

 

TD

Tracking Dog

 

TDX

Tracking Dog Excellent

Obedience:

 

CD

Companion Dog

 

CDX

Companion Dog Excellent

 

UD

Utility Dog

 

UDX

Utility Dog Excellent

 

OTCH

Obedience Trial Champion

Stockdog:

 

STDd

Started Trial Dog - Ducks

 

STDs

Started Trial Dog - Sheep

 

STDc

Started Trial Dog - Cattle

 

OTDd

Open Trial Dog - Ducks

 

OTDs

Open Trial Dog - Sheep

 

OTDc

Open Trial Dog - Cattle

 

ATDd

Advanced Trial Dog - Ducks

 

ATDs

Advanced Trial Dog - Sheep

 

ATDc

Advanced Trial Dog - Cattle

 

WTCH

Working Trial Champion (Earned by achieving all three ATD Titles)

 

PATDs

Post Advanced Trial Dog - Sheep

 

PATDc

Post Advanced Trial Dog - Cattle

 

RD

Ranch Dog

 

RTDs

Ranch Trial Dog - Sheep

 

RTDc

Ranch Trial Dog - Cattle

Agility:

 

RS-N

Regular Standard Novice

 

RS-O

Regular Standard Open

 

RS-E

Regular Standard Elite

 

RV-N

Regular Veteran Novice

 

RV-O

Regular Veteran Open

 

RV-E

Regular Veteran Elite

 

RJ-N

Regular Junior Novice

 

RJ-O

Regular Junior Open

 

RJ-E

Regular Junior Elite

 

JS-N

Jumpers Standard Novice

 

JS-O

Jumpers Standard Open

 

JS-E

Jumpers Standard Elite

 

JV-N

Jumpers Veteran Novice

 

JV-O

Jumpers Veteran Open

 

JV-E

Jumpers Veteran Elite

 

JJ-N

Jumpers Junior Novice

 

JJ-O

Jumpers Junior Open

 

JJ-E

Jumpers Junior Elite

 

GS-N

Gamblers Standard Novice

 

GS-O

Gamblers Standard Open

 

GS-E

Gamblers Standard Elite

 

GV-N

Gamblers Veteran Novice

 

GV-O

Gamblers Veteran Open

 

GV-E

Gamblers Veteran Elite

 

GJ-N

Gamblers Junior Novice

 

GJ-O

Gamblers Junior Open

 

GJ-E

Gamblers Junior Elite

 

Any of the above with an OP on the end (like GS-E-OP) means that title plus outstanding performance.
Any of the above with an SP on the end (like GS-E-SP) means that title plus superior performance.

Special Awards:

 

HOF

Hall of Fame Kennel

 

HOF Sire

Hall of Fame Sire

 

HOF Dam

Hall of Fame Dam

 

VCH

Versatility Champion

 

SVCH

Supreme Versatility Champion

 

PCH

Performance Champion

 

SPCH

Supreme Performance Champion

DNA:

 

DNA - CP

DNA Certified Profiled

 

DNA - VP

DNA Verified Parentage

 

 

DNA Certified Kennel

 

 

AKC (American Kennel Club)

 

Conformation:

 

Ch.

Champion

 

CCH

Bench Show Champion

 

CGC

Grand Champion

 

CSC

Supreme Grand Champion

 

DC

Dual Champion (HC + Ch.)

 

TC

Dual Champion + OTCH or CT or MACH

Obedience:

 

CD

Companion Dog

 

CDX

Companion Dog Excellent

 

UD

Utility Dog

 

UDX

Utility Dog Excellent

 

OTCH

Obedience Trial Champion

 

NOC

National Obedience Champion

Herding:

 

PT

Pre-trial tested

 

HT

Herding Tested

 

HS

Herding Started

 

HSAdsc

 

Herding Started Course A (ducks, sheep, cattle)

 

HSBdsc

Herding Started Course B (ducks, sheep, cattle)

 

HSCs

Herding Started Course C (sheep)

 

HI

Herding Intermediate

 

HIAdsc

Herding Intermediate Course A (ducks, sheep, cattle)

 

HIBdsc

Herding Intermediate Course B (ducks, sheep, cattle)

 

HICs

Herding Intermediate Course C (sheep)

 

HX

Herding Excellent

 

HXAdsc

Herding Advanced Course A (ducks, sheep, cattle)

 

HXBdsc

Herding Advanced Course B (ducks, sheep, cattle)

 

HXCs

Herding Advanced Course C ( sheep)

 

HC

Herding Champion

Agility:

 

NA

Novice Agility

 

NAJ

Novice Agility Jumper

 

NAP

Novice Agility Preferred

 

NF

Novice FAST

 

NFP

Novice FAST Preferred

 

NJP

Novice Jumpers With Weaves Preferred

 

OA

Open Agility

 

OAJ

Open Agility Jumper

 

OAP

Open Agility Preferred

 

OF

Open FAST

 

OFP

Open FAST Preferred

 

OJP

Open Jumpers With Weaves Preferred

 

AX

Agility Excellent

 

AXJ

 

Excellent Agility Jumper

 

AJP

Excellent Agility Jumpers With Weaves "A" Preferred

 

AXP

 

Agility Excellent "A" Preferred

 

PAX

Preferred Agility Excellent

 

MX

Master Agility Excellent

 

MXF

Master Excellent FAST

 

MXJ

Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves

 

MXP

Master Agility Excellent "B" Preferred

 

MFP

Master FAST Preferred

 

MJP

Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves "B" Preferred

 

XF

Excellent FAST

 

XFP

Excellent FAST Preferred

 

FTC1

FAST Century 1

 

FTCP1

FAST Century 1 Preferred

 

MACH

Master Agility Champion

Rally Obedience:

 

RN

AKC Rally© Novice

 

RA

AKC Rally© Advanced

 

RE

AKC Rally© Excellent

 

RAE

AKC Rally© Advanced Excellent

Tracking:

 

TD

Tracking Dog

 

TDX

Tracking Dog Excellent

 

VST

Variable Surface Tracking

 

CT

Champion Tracker

Versatility:

 

VCD1

Versatile Companion Dog 1

 

VCD2

Versatile Companion Dog 2

 

VCD3

Versatile Companion Dog 3

 

VCD4

Versatile Companion Dog 4

 

VCCH

Versatile Companion Champion

 

UKC (United Kennel Club)

 

Conformation:

 

Ch.

Champion

 

GRCH

Grand Champion

Obedience:

 

UCD

United Companion Dog

 

UCDX

United Companion Dog Excellent

 

UUD

United Utility Dog

 

UOCH

United Obedience Champion Dog

 

AAC (Agility Association of Canada)

 

Agility Only:

 

ADC

Agility Dog of Canada

 

AADC

Advanced Agility Dog of Canada

 

MADC

Masters Agility Dog of Canada

 

MSDC

Masters Snooker Dog of Canada

 

MGDC

Masters Gamblers Dog of Canada

 

MTRDC

Masters Team Relay Dog of Canada

 

MJDC

Masters Jumpers Dog of Canada

 

ATChC

Agility Trial Champion of Canada

 

V

Veteran (prefix added to any title)

 

S

Special (prefix added to any title)

 

NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council)

 

Agility Only:

 

NAC

Novice Agility

 

OAC

Open Agility

 

EAC

Elite Agility - Proficient

 

EAS

Elite Agility - Skilled

 

NJC

Novice Jumpers

 

OJC

Open Jumpers

 

EJC

Elite Jumpers - Proficient

 

EJS

Elite Jumpers - Skilled

 

NGC

Novice Gamblers

 

OGC

Open Gamblers

 

EGC

Elite Gamblers

 

NCC

Novice Chances

 

OCC

Open Chances

 

ECC

Elite Chances - Proficient

 

ECS

Elite Chances - Skilled

 

TN-N

Novice Tunnelers

 

TN-O

Open Tunnelers

 

TN-E

Elite Tunnelers - Proficient

 

TNS-E

Elite Tunnelers - Skilled

 

WV-N

Novice Weavers

 

WV-O

Open Weavers

 

WV-E

Excellent Weavers - Proficient

 

WVS-E

Excellent Weavers - Skilled

 

TG-N

Novice TouchNGo

 

TG-O

Open TouchNGo

 

TG-E

Elite TouchNGo - Proficient

 

TGS-E

Elite TouchNGo – Skilled

 

S-

Superior (Prefix)

 

O-

Outstanding (Prefix)

 

NATCH

NADAC Agility Trial Champion

 

Vers-NATCH

NADAC Versatility Champion

 

CARO (Canadian Association of Rally Obedience)

 

Rally Obedience Only:

 

RN

Rally Novice

 

RA

Rally Advanced

 

RX

Rally Excellent

 

RV

Rally Versatility