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Thread: Is there a proper order for AKC title suffixes?

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    I am preparing certificates for our retriever club’s annual awards dinner, and I was curious to know if there is a proper sequence for the AKC suffixes denoting a dog’s titles and certifications. Should the order be chronological and/or grouped according to performance events? For example, if a dog does obedience and hunt test events, which title comes first after their name? Whichever title they earned first? For dogs in agility, which has many different titles, do you group them all together, but after (or before, if they earned those first) their hunt test titles? Where do notations such as CGC, or therapy dog certifications fall? Or does it even matter?

    For the dog in our club who started me wondering, my first instinct was to put the hunt test event title first because of this being a retriever event award, followed by the obedience title, but then I wondered if it were supposed to be in chronological order. In searching the AKC web site and this forum I couldn’t find answers; however, I’m not always the best “searcher”.

    Another question for my own edification. Do titles denoting advancement in other performance events, such as agility or obedience, replace the previous one earned, as it does for hunt tests (i.e., SH replacing JH, or MH replacing JH/SH)?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Gretchen

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    I think a CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) replaces a CD just like WCX replaces a WC. Boy, I wish I could help you on this one! I'm going to do some searching too!
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    Titles are listed in the order in which the AKC recognized each event. The exception is rally titles because though they are new, they still fall under the obedience category.

    Order of titles should be listed as follows:

    Obedience
    Rally
    Tracking
    Hunt Test
    Agility Standard
    Agility Jumpers
    Agility Fast

    Club titles (for example a Golden WCX or ***) would follow the AKC titles.

    Note, no commas or other punctuation are used. (I don't understand why folks write "FC-AFC" or "FC/AFC" since no punctuation is used in official AKC pedigrees or title certificates.)

    And yes, only the highest title in each event category is listed.
    Last edited by Melanie Foster; 12-02-2007 at 02:48 PM.

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    [QUOTE=Melanie Foster;224884]Titles are listed in the order in which the AKC recognized each event. The exception is rally titles because though they are new, they still fall under the obedience category.

    Order of titles should be listed as follows:

    Obedience
    Rally
    Tracking
    Hunt Test
    Agility Standard
    Agility Jumpers
    Agility Fast

    Club titles (for example a Golden WCX or ***) would follow the AKC titles.


    Thank you for clarifying this for me. This is a GREAT help. I have one dog who is CGC. Where does that designation go, then? At the end?

    Many thanks,
    Gretchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghjones View Post
    Thank you for clarifying this for me. This is a GREAT help. I have one dog who is CGC. Where does that designation go, then? At the end?
    Well, yeah. If you really want to call a CGC a title...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melanie Foster View Post
    Well, yeah. If you really want to call a CGC a title...
    I've seen CGC behind other dogs' names, but maybe it wasn't really legit and shouldn't have been there at all. It's more a "certification" than a title. Don't they designate therapy dogs somehow, though?

    Again thanks,
    Gretchen

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    NAHRA--if you have dogs with NAHRA titles, they go at the front. I believe you continue to list them?? For example, GMHR WR "dog pedigree name". Keith S. help us out here.

    AKC field trial--NFC NAFC FC AFC Candlewoods Super Tanker is how it is listed on an AKC Certified pedigree.

    AKC Hunting Test FC AFC Hi Bird Turk MH

    If Turk had gotten his SH first, you would not show it. You only show the highest level achieved in the AKC Hunting Test.
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    While we're on the subject, why do I occasionally see one "*" added to the dogs name or "**" on a dog that hasn't won a Derby? I haven't been able to figure the significance of those two yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane Brunelle View Post
    While we're on the subject, why do I occasionally see one "*" added to the dogs name or "**" on a dog that hasn't won a Derby? I haven't been able to figure the significance of those two yet.
    ** = Derby JAM up to a Qualifying 3rd place
    *** = Qualifying 1st or 2nd or all-age JAM or above

    * is not used anymore. It was used before the WC/X tests were created.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melanie Foster View Post
    ** = Derby JAM up to a Qualifying 3rd place
    *** = Qualifying 1st or 2nd or all-age JAM or above

    * is not used anymore. It was used before the WC/X tests were created.
    Thank you Melanie! That makes sense now.
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