Title Acronyms 1, 2, 3 – avoid the confusion

My dogs are collecting titles in various areas and I wanted to provide a list of the acronyms so the average person can decipher them! (And then my web guy will come in and rearrange things so this post works better for my site, lol). I will add to the list as we explore other sports, such as our upcoming weight-pull activities!! I do not personally participate in non-AKC, non-UKC recognized activities but some of my co-owners do, and so you will see a few non-kennel club titles in the list.

I believe in titling my breeding dogs in:

  1. Conformation – to demonstrate or prove that they conform to the breed standard established by the parent breed club [they must be evaluated by at least 3 different independent, trained judges].
  2. Performance sports – to demonstrate or prove they perform well in performance sports and are very physically and mentally versatile.
  3. Companion activities – to demonstrate or prove they have the desired temperament to do all these things and be a loving family member.

Currently, our SPFL breeding dogs have earned an average of over 13 titles and awards per dog. This number is fluid however, because our dogs are reaching age and retiring from breeding regularly. 

You can see the titles earned on each individual dog’s page. Note that some are progressive, so as they work up through increasing difficulty levels, the higher titles replace the earlier ones. For example, the novice precision coursing title is RACEN. The next level is advanced, and the title is RACEA. Both titles are not maintained on the dog’s registered name – only the most recent – so RACEN is replaced by RACEA.


Am CH                  AKC Conformation Champion

Am GCH               AKC Conformation Grand Champion

U CH                     UKC Conformation Champion

U GRCH                UKC Conformation Grand Champion

U EGCH                UKC Conformation Emerald Grand Champion

U RGCH                UKC Conformation Ruby Grand Champion

U SGCH                UKC Conformation Sapphire Grand Champion

U DGCH               UKC Conformation Diamond Grand Champion

NBOB                   UKC National Best of Breed

BIS                        UKC Best in Show

MBIS                     UKC Multiple Best in Show awards

RBIS                      UKC Reserve Best in Show

MRBIS                  UKC Multiple Reserve Best in Show awards

BISS                      UKC Best in Specialty Show

RBISS                    UKC Reserve Best in Specialty Show

BPIS                      UKC Best Puppy in Show

BPISS                    UKC Best Puppy in Specialty Show

RBPIS                    UKC Reserve Best Puppy in Show

RBPISS                  UKC Reserve Best Puppy in Specialty Show




RACEN                 UKC Novice Precision Coursing

RACEA                  UKC Advanced Precision Coursing

BCAT                     AKC FastCAT Novice

DASH                    UKC Dash (straight run) Novice

CA                         AKC Coursing Ability


DOCK DIVING – NADD Titles recognized by AKC and CKC

DN                        AKC Novice

DJ                          AKC Junior

DS                         AKC Senior

DM                        AKC Master

DE                         AKC Elite



RATN                    AKC Novice Barn Hunt

RATI                      AKC Intermediate Barn Hunt

RATO                    AKC Open Barn Hunt



VSWB                   AKC Virtual Scent Work Beginner




RN                         AKC Rally Novice

RI                          AKC Rally Intermediate



ACT                       AKC Agility Coursing Test

NA                         AKC Novice Agility

OA                         AKC Open Agility

NAJ                       AKC Novice Agility Jumper

OAJ                       AKC Open Agility Jumper

AXJ                       AKC Excellent Agility jumper

NF                         AKC Novice Fast

MACH                   AKC Master Agility Champion

PACH                    AKC Preferred Agility Champion

AGCH                    AKC Agility Grand Champion



CGC                       AKC Canine Good Citizen

CGCA                    AKC Advanced Canine Good Citizen / Community Canine

CGCU                    AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen

TKN                       AKC Trick Dog Novice

TKI                        AKC Trick Dog Intermediate

TKA                       AKC Trick Dog Advanced

TKP                       AKC Trick Dog Performer

TKE                       AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer

NTD                      Do More With Your Dog! Novice Trick Dog Title

BTC24 A+             Do More With Your Dogs! Beat the Clock 12 Tricks in 24 seconds

SPOT                    UKC Socialized Pet Obedience title

SPOT-ON             UKC Outstanding Socialized Pet Obedience title

VHMP                   AKC Virtual Home Manners Puppy

VHMA                   AKC Virtual Home Manners Adult



TD                         UKC Total Dog

ATD                       Alliance of Therapy Dogs Certified

VCX                       Versatility in Poodles (VIP) Versatility Excellence title

VCM                      Versatility in Poodles Versatility Master title

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