On the pedigree's of the sires and dams there are MH, AFC, FC, etc behind or in front of the registered name. They are abbreviations for a title that the dog has acquired. See the table below to figure out what they mean.
A hunt test is an event at which the natural ability and training of gun dogs are evaluated against a written standard. Each dog that meets this standard earns a pass. This is unlike a field trial in which dog/handler teams compete against one another with only one dog being declared the winner. Hunt tests are organized by the American Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club, the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA), and the United Kennel Club under the auspices of the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC).
AKC/CKC Hunt Tests
The AKC/CKC awards the titles of Junior Hunter (JH), Senior Hunter (SH), and Master Hunter (MH) for performance in hunt tests. The standards for the various levels are designed to approximate the situations and conditions encountered when hunting. Dogs are required to prove the ability to retrieve and find birds. The AKC/CKC provides different hunt test formats for different types of gun dog.
NAHRA Hunt Tests
The NAHRA awards the titles Started Hunting Retriever (SR), Working Retriever (WR), Master Hunting Retriever (MHR), and Grand Master Hunting Retriever (GMHR). The standard of training for the higher levels of NAHRA hunt test require a more advanced degree of training than those of AKC/CKC hunt tests. These simulate actual hunting by testing for the following skill sets. Quartering, trailing a crippled duck, and sit to flush. NAHRA tests are primarily for retrievers, although many spaniel and versatile breeds may compete. Poodles, and Nova Scotia Trollers are often found on the NAHRA scene.
Conservation of game through the development of trained retrievers. The first organization dedicated to preserving hunting retriever skills. NAHRA, incorporated in 1984, is the originator of standards-based retriever field testing using realistic hunting scenarios. Dogs compete against a set of standards set forth in our rule book, not each other. Advanced titles require dogs to demonstrate proficiency in both upland and waterfowl work. Field tests are realistic, simulated hunting scenarios, with distances and conditions that hunters would encounter in the field. NAHRA supports clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Field trials - AKC, CKC
AFC Amateur Field Champion
CFC Canadian Field Champion
CAFC Canadian Amateur Field Champion
FC Field champion
FD Field Dog
FDJ Field Dog Junior
FDX Field Dog Excellent
NFC National Field Champion
Hunt Test Titles
JH Junior Hunter (AKC, CKC)
SH Senior Hunter (AKC, CKC)
MH Master Hunter (AKC, CKC)
SR Started Retriever (NAHRA)WR Working Retriever (NAHRA)
MHR Master Hunting Retriever (NAHRA)
GMHR Grand Master Hunting Retriever (NAHRA)
Working certificates Hunting
WC Working Certificate
WCI Working Certificate Intermediate
WCX Working Certificate Excellent
CGC Canine Good Citizen Certificate
TD Therapy Dog
TDI Therapy Dog International
TT Temperment Tested
Canine Eye Registry Foundation (eye testing and certification)
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (hip and elbow testing and certification)
K- 9 Organizations
AAC Agility Association of Canada
AKC American Kennel Club
CKC Canadian Kennel Club
NADAC North American Dog Agility Council
NAHRA North American Hunting Retriever Club
UKC United Kennel Club (USA)
USDAA United States Dog Agility Association