What do the letters before and/or after a dog's name mean ?
Wherever in your reading you find reference to
the results of canine competitions, or write-ups on individual dogs, you may have seen a series of
letters before or after a dog's name, and wondered
what they signify.
You may also have noticed that some dogs'
names are written up differently: the usual practice
is to put inverted commas around a pet-name, but
not a kennel or pedigree name.
There is a bewildering array of 'titles' on offer
to dogs in Dogsports competition in different
classes of Obedience, Flyball, Agility, Jumping, Tracking, Herding,
Conformation (the Show-ring)
Rally Obedience, Retrieving, Earthdog, Dancing With Dogs, and others which are less common.
Letters before the name indicate a Championship
achieved, most frequently in the Show-ring,
which will appear as Ch. or Aust. Ch.(you may also see
N.Z.Ch.or Am.Ch.or similar, indicating
titles gained overseas) There are Obedience Champions too, O.C. We also have in this Club a
(Tracking) and at least one dog
with a Dual Ch. (Championships gained in two different
disciplines, Conformation and one other) and even a Triple Champion who has gained her titles
in the show-ring as well as in Obedience and Tracking. Hovever, the
initials you will see most
often, and may already be aspiring towards yourself, are:
C.C.D. : Community Companion Dog , the entry level title in Obedience
C.D. : Companion Dog; Novice Obedience
C.D.X. : Companion Dog Excellent: Open Obedience
U.D. Utility Dog: Utility Obedience
U.D.X. : Utility Dog Excellent
F.D. : Flyball Dog
F.D.X. Flyball Dog Excellent
FDCh. : Flyball Dog Champion
AFCh. : Australian Flyball Champion
F.M. : Flyball Dog Master
F.M.X. : Flyball Dog Master Excellent
FMCh. : Flyball Dog Master Champion
Onyx : Onyx Plaque
FDGCh. : Flyball Dog Grand Champion
A.D. : Agility Dog: 3 passes in Novice Agility
A.D.X. : Agility Dog Excellent: 5 Passes in Excellent
A.D.O. : Agility Dog Open
A.D.M. Agility Dog Master:
J.D., JD.X., & J.D.M. Jumping titles parallel to Agility
Ag.Ch.: Agility Champion which requires consistent excellence
in both Agility & Jumping competition following ADM & JDM titles
G.D., G.D.X., & GDM : Gamblers titles in Agility Games
S.D., S.D.X., & SDM : Snooker titles in Agility Games
S.P.D., S.P.D.X., & S.P.DM : Strategic Pairs titles in Agility Games
T.D., & T.D.X. Tracking Dog, etc: Tracking titles gained over a series
of increasingly difficult courses; only conducted in winter.
T.Ch.: Tracking Champion
FS.S. / H.T.M.S.
Freestyle & Heelwork to Music are two
branches of Dances With Dogs
in each of which there are four
levels of competition leading towards
FS.N. / H.T.M.N. Champion status, the
introductory level class being Starters, followed
by Novice, and progressivly Intermediate and Advanced.
FS.I. / H.T.M.I.
FS.A / H.T.M.A.
E.T. Endurance Test: 20km supervised group ride/run with the dog
being vet-checked at prescribed breaks; only conducted in winter.
Gr.Ch. : Grand Champion: Conformation (show-ring) title achieved
by dogs being awarded their 'Champion' title ten times over
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