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Why Title A Dog?


Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.


And though the dog itself doesn't know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.


A title says your dog was intelligent and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.


And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.


A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.


And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of pride in one small set of initials after the name.


A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.


-Sandra Mowery

Below is a list of some of the most common titles you and

your canine companion can work to earn...


ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America): (website)


  • BOB - Best of Breed
  • BIS - Best In Show
  • BISS - Best In Specialty Show
  • BOW - Best of Winners
  • CH - Champion
  • RWB - Reserve Winners Bitch
  • RWD - Reserve Winners Dog
  • WB - Winners Bitch
  • WD - Winners Dog



  • CD - Companion Dog
  • CDX - Companion Dog Excellent
  • OTCH - Obedience Trial Champion
  • TD - Tracking Dog
  • TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent
  • UD - Utility dog
  • UDX - Utility Dog Excellent and is earned by obtaining 10 legs. For a UDX, a leg is comprised of qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at the same trial. A dog which has its UD *and* tracking titles has them combined as UDT or UDTX (depending upon which tracking title it has).


Herding: (c, d, or s designation after a title = Cattle, Ducks or Sheep)

  • ATD - Advanced Dog
  • OFTD - Open Farm Trial Dog
  • OTD - Open Trial Dog
  • PATD - Post Advanced Trial Dog
  • RD - Ranch Dog. Ranch dog who demonstrate an ability to be of great assistance to their owner
  • RDX - Ranch Dog excellent
  • STD - Started Trial Dog
  • WTCH - Working Trial Champion. Dog has earned an ATD in all classes of stock, ducks, sheep and cattle
  • (note - all levels require two qualifying scores under two different judges on each type of stock, i.e. STDc requires two qualifying scores under two different judges on cattle, STDd requires two qualifying scores under two different judges on ducks, etc)


Agility: (NADAC is similar, but N, O, E go in front of AC and tack on a V for Veteran or JH for Juniors)

  • E - Elite
  • GI - Gamblers/International
  • GJ - Gamblers/Junior
  • GS - Gamblers/Standard
  • GV - Gamblers/Veteran
  • JI - Jumpers/International
  • JJ - Jumpers/Junior
  • JS - Jumpers/standard
  • JV - Jumpers/Veteran
  • N - Novice


NATCH - NADAC's Agility Trial Champion

  • O - Open
  • RI - Regular/International
  • RJ - Regular/Junior Handler
  • RS - Regular/Standard
  • RV - Regular/Veteran


Special Recognition:

  • AOM - Award of Merit
  • PCH - Performance Champion
  • SPCH - Supreme Performance Champion
  • SVCH - Supreme Versatility Champion
  • VCH - Versatility Champion


AKC (American Kennel Club): (website)


  • AFC - Amateur Field Champion
  • AX - Agility Excellent
  • AXJ - Excellent Jumpers With Weaves
  • CD - Companion Dog
  • CDX - Companion Dog Excellent
  • CGC - Canine Good Citizen
  • CH - Champion (conformation)
  • CT - Champion Tracker (TD, TDX & VST)
  • DC - Dual Champion (CH & FC)
  • FC - Field Champion
  • HC - Herding Champion
  • HI - Herding Intermediate
  • HS - Herding Started
  • HT - Herding Tested
  • HX - Herding Excellent
  • JC - Junior Courser
  • JE - Junior Earthdog
  • JH - Junior Hunter
  • MACH - Master Agility Champion
  • MC - Master Courser
  • ME - Master Earthdog
  • MH - Master Hunter
  • MX - Master Agility Excellent
  • MXJ - Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves
  • NA - Novice Agility
  • NAFC - National Amateur Field Champion
  • NAJ - Novice Jumpers With Weaves
  • NFC - National Field Champion
  • NOC - National Obedience Champion


AHBA (American Herding Breed Association): (website)

  • HCT - Herding capable tested
  • HTD - Herding Trial Dog (levels I, II & III)  -  The "Herding Trial Dog" section, using a standard course, leads to the title "HTD" followed by numerals indicating the dog's level:
  • HTD I (started level)
  • HTD II (intermediate level)
  • HTD III (advanced level)
  • HRD - Herding Ranch Dog (levels I, II & III)  -  The "Herding Ranch Dog" section, using a variety of courses held in a ranch or farm setting, leads to the title "HRD" similarly followed by numerals indicating the dog's level:
  • HRD I
  • HRD II
  • HTAD - Herding Trial Arena Dog (levels I, II & III)  -  The "Herding Trial Arena Dog" section, using one of several specified courses in an arena, leads to the title "HTAD" followed by numerals indicating the dog's level:
  • HTAD I (started level)
  • HTAD II (intermediate level)
  • HTAD III (advanced level).
  • HTCH - Herding Trial Championship  -  The "Herding Trial Championship" (HTCH) is earned after dogs have earned an advanced title in either the HTD, HRD or HTAD section.
  • (note - HTD and HRT titles may be earned on sheep, goats, ducks, geese, or cattle (except that HRD classes may not utilize ducks), with a small initial after the title indicating the type of stock on which the title was earned)


CKC (Canadian Kennel Club): (website)

  • HT - Herding Tested  (requires two passing scores)
  • HS - Herding Started (requires three qualifying scores under two different judges)
  • HI - Herding Intermediate (requires three qualifying scores under two different judges)
  • HA - Herding Advanced (requires three qualifying scores under two different judges)


UKC:  (website)

  • U-AGI - Agility 1
  • U-AGII - Agility 2
  • U-ATCH - Agility Trial Champion
  • U-CDX - United companion dog excellent


USDAA: (website)

  • AD - Agility Dog
  • AAD - Advanced Agility Dog
  • MAD - Masters Agility dog
  • JM - Jumpers Master
  • GM - Gamblers Master
  • SM - Snookers Master
  • RM - Relay Master
  • VAD - Veteran Agility
  • ADCH - Agility Dog Champion




ATTS (American Temperment Test Society)

  • TT - Temperment tested


TDI - Therapy Dogs International


Schutzhund Titles:

  • BH - Schutzhund Traffic-Sure Companion Dog (obed & temp/traffic test).
  • SchHA - SchutzhundA, SchH level 1 obed & protection only no tracking
  • WH - Schutzhund Watchdog (obedience & guarding)


BH is the Companion Dog title. All dogs must obtain BH title before obtaining other Schutzhund titles.

The dog is tested on obedience and temperament under varying distractions (a jogger, passing vehicle, and or other dogs.)  Dog either passes or fails. No points.


Obedience, Tracking, and Protection are tested on all levels, with increasing difficulty at each level.

Passing score is 70 on each of the three portions, maximum score of 100.

Schutzhund I: Novice Level. Prerequisite: BH

Schutzhund II: Intermediate Level. Prerequisite: Sch I

Schutzhund III: Master Level. Prerequisite: Sch II


Advanced Tracking-Specific Titles:

  • FH I: Advanced Tracking Level. Prerequisite: Sch I
  • FH II: Master Tracking Level. Prerequisite: FH I


Endurance Test:

  • AD: 12.5-mile endurance run for breed survey eligibility. No prerequisites. Dog must perform basic heeling exercises at the end of the run to verify mental stability.


Watchdog Title:

  • WH: Basic watchdog obedience and alerting. No prerequisites.
  • OA - Open Agility
  • OAJ - Open Jumpers With Weaves
  • OTCH - Obedience Trial Champion
  • PT - Pre-Trial Tested
  • ROM - Register of Merit
  • ROMX -
  • SC - Senior Courser
  • SE - Senior Earthdog
  • SH - Senior Hunter
  • TC - Triple Champion ( CH, FC & OTCH)
  • TD - Tracking Dog
  • TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent
  • UD - Utility Dog
  • UDTD (UDT) - Utility Dog Tracking Dog, Utility Dog Tracking
  • UDTDX - Utility Dog Tracking Dog Excellent
  • UDVST - Utility Dog Variable Surface Tracking
  • UDX - Utility Dog Excellent
  • UDXTD - Utility Dog Excellent Tracking Dog
  • UDXTDX - Utility Dog Excellent Tracking Dog Excellent
  • UDXVST - Utility Dog Excellent Variable Surface Tracking
  • VST - Variable Surface Tracker