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What the "titles" mean

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What do the "titles" mean???

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


Obedience Titles

  • Companion Dog (CD) - The letters CD may be added after a dog's registered name when it has been certified by three different judges as receiving qualifying scores in Novice classes at three licensed or member obedience trials.
  • Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) - The letters CDX may be added after a dog's registered name after it has been certified by three different judges as receiving qualifying scores in Open classes at three licensed or member obedience trials.
  • Utility Dog (UD) - The letters UD may be added after a dog's registered name after it has been certified by three different judges as receiving qualifying scores in Utility classes at three licensed or member obedience trials.
  • Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) - Dogs with UD titles must earn qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 trials in order to add the UDX title after their registered names.
  • Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) - Dogs with UD titles must win 100 points and a first-place in Utility B and Open B, plus a third first-place win in either class, under three different judges.
  • National Obedience Champion (NOC) - The AKC awards this prestigious title annually to the dog that wins the AKC National Obedience Invitational. The letters NOC are placed before the dog's AKC-registered name and become part of the dog's permanent title.


Miscellaneous titles

        CGC       Canine Good Citizen Certificate
        CH          Champion                 
        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