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AKC Conformation, Performance & Companion Titles for Golden Retrievers

Our golden retrievers compete in a wide array of sports--hunting, agility, obedience, tracking and conformation--under the auspices of many national and international organizations, such as dog registries like the American, Canadian or United Kennel Clubs or activity-specific organizations, like the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) and the American Temperament Test Society.

In each of these activities, dogs can earn "titles" after passing one or more established tests evaluated by certified judges or evaluators. Depending upon how they accomplish these titles, they can also earn honors that distinguish particularly high achievement. Titles are represented by acronyms either before or after the dog's name. Although some people poo-poo titled dogs, we believe they represent something very important to the owner, the dog and the breeder of that animal.

Goldens were created as working animals and thus true goldens need a job. As we've stated elsewhere in this website, we do not believe that golden retrievers are the great American pet, happy to lie around on the couch all day. That is what toy dogs were created for. Goldens originated as the partners of humans in their search for food, thus the characteristics that make them successful in this endeavor are the hallmark of the breed. The work ethic, desire to work with people (biddability), intelligence and stability represented by performance titles is one of the ways that we assess our dogs and breeding program. We think Sandy Mowery said this very well:

What is a Title?
by Sandy Mowery, from Front & Finish

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 the record and in the memory, for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his 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, 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. In addition, a title says that you love your dog. That you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed and 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 praise in one small set of initials after the name.

A title is nothing less that the true love and respect, given and received and recorded permanently.

Here is a listing of some of the titles you may see either on our dogs or in their pedigrees. The first table gives AKC titles since that is the venue that most of our dogs compete within. The second table gives other titles you may also see on our dogs.

AKC Prefix Titles (Championship): AKC Suffix Titles:
Ch. Champion (conformation) CD Companion Dog (obedience)
FC Field Champion (field trial) CDX Companion Dog Excellent (obedience)
AFC Amateur Field Champion (field trial) UD Utility Dog (obedience)
MACH Master Agility Champion (agility) UDX Utility Dog Excellent (obedience)
NFC National Field Champion (field trials) TD Tracking Dog (tracking)
NAFC National Amateur Field Champion (field trial) TDX Tracking Dog Excellent (tracking)
OTCH Obedience Trial Champion (obedience) VST Variable Surface Tracking Dog (tracking)
NOC National Obedience Champion (obedience) JH Junior Hunter (AKC hunt test)
DC Dual Champion (Ch. and FC) (no golden in the U.S. has achieved this title in 30 years) SH Senior Hunter (hunt test)
TC Triple Champion (Ch., FC, or HC & OTCH) (no golden in the U.S. has yet achieved this title) MH Master Hunter (hunt test)
CT Champion Tracker (TD, TDX and VST) (tracking) NA Novice Agility (NAP = Preferred)
    NAJ Novice Agility Jumper w/Weaves (NJP = Preferred)
    OA Open Agility
    OAJ Open Jumper w/Weaves
    AX Agility Excellent
    AXJ Agility Excellent Jumper w/Weaves
    MX Master Agility Excellent
    MXJ Master Excellent Jumper w/Weaves
    NF Novice FAST
    OF Open FAST
    XF Excellent FAST
    MXF Master Excellent FAST
    FTC FAST Century
    TQX Triple Q Excellent
    RN Rally Novice
    RA Rally Advanced
    RE Rally Excellent
    RAE Rally Excellent
    CGC Canine Good CitizenŽ certificate (not an actual title)

Golden Retriever Club Of America (GRCA), United Kennel Club (UKC), International and Other Titles & Honors

(Note:   AKC-certified pedigrees only include AKC titles, but Golden Retriever Club of America, Canadian Kennel Club, United Kennel Club and other titles and additional abbreviations may be shown on custom pedigrees for an individual dog. UKC titles are shown before the dog's name, preceded by a U- if there is a similar title from the AKC.) 

Titles/Awards (Suffix) Commonly Used Abbreviations:
SDHF Show Dog Hall of Fame (GRCA conformation) BOB Best of Breed (conformation)
OBHF Obedience Hall of Fame (GRCA) BOS Best of Opposite Sex (conformation)
FDHF Field Dog Hall of Fame (GRCA) RWD/


Reserve Winners Dog/Bitch
ADHF Agility Dog Hall of Fame (GRCA) WD/WB Winners Dog/Bitch
OS Outstanding Sire (GRCA) BW Best of Winners
OD Outstanding Dam (GRCA) Group 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (conformation) Sporting Group Placements
VC Versatility Certificate (GRCA) BIS Best in Show (conformation)
VCX Versatility Certificate Excellent (GRCA) BISS Best in Specialty Sweepstakes
WC Working Certificate (GRCA & GRCC) BOSS Best of Opposite Sex Specialty Sweepstakes
WCI Working Certificate Intermediate (GRCC) JAM Judge's Award of Merit (Conformation or Field)
WCX Working Certificate Excellent (GRCA & GRCC) Res. JAM 1st Judge's Award of Merit (field trial)
CCA Conformation Certificate Assessment (GRCA) 200 Perfect Score of 200 points in obedience
*** "Qualified All Age Dog" 1st or 2nd placement in Qualifying Stake, or any placement  or a JAM in Open All-Age State at an AKC Licensed or Member Field Trial giving championship points. (GRCA) HIT High in Trial (Obedience - regular classes)
** Any placement or a JAM in Derby or a 3rd or 4th placement or a JAM in a Qualifying Stake, in an AKC Licensed or Member Field Trial. (GRCA) HC High Combined (Obedience-Open B & Utility B)
* Placement in sanctioned Field Trial (GRCA) OAA Open All-Age (Field)
UH UKC Upland Hunter (UKC) AAA Amateur All-Age (Field)
SHR Started Hunting Retriever (UKC) Qual. Qualifying (Field)
HR Hunting Retriever (UKC) NQ Not Qualifying
HRCH Hunting Retriever Champion (UKC) QQ Agility Double Qualification
GRHRCH Grand Hunting Retriever Champion (UKC) ptd. Pointed (conformation)
GMH Grand Master Hunter (Canadian) maj ptd. Major Pointed--dog has won one or more major awards (conformation)
    Am. American
    Bda. Bermuda
    Can. Canadian
    Eng. English
    Int. International
    Jap. Japanese
    Mex. Mexican
    PR Puerto Rican
    CC Challenge Certificate (England)
    Sh.Ch. Show Champion (England)

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