Awards and Titles

You may have noticed that many of the dogs have letters in front of, and in some cases behind their proper registered names.  What do these mean and what is the significance of these titles?  Below you will find a few of the descriptions of these titles.

Ch.      This refers to a conformation championship.  In regards to the AKC (American Kennel Club) this title means that this dog has competed in AKC shows starting as young as 6 months of age, was awarded fifteen points with two major wins.  A major win is determined by the AKC annually based on the density of a breed in that geographical area of the United States.  Major wins must be given by different judges to be considered a “major”.  The dog is judged based on the overall appearance, structure and movement.

GCh.  This refers to advanced championship title once the regular Championship title has been awarded.  It requires twenty five points with three major wins.  The major wins must be given by different judges.  You will often find this title in dogs that are actively campaigned.

Registry of Merit – ROM    This title is given by the FBDCA (French Bulldog Club of America).

There is a multi-tiered set of awards for admission to the Registry of Merit.  To be admitted to the Registry, the dog or bitch must be shown to be sound, healthy, and of breeding quality in addition to achieving an AKC title or titles, whether Conformation, Obedience, Agility, or other Performance Event.

Higher levels of ROM awards recognize not only the dog or bitch’s quality, but also their ability to pass these characteristics on to their progeny.  There are four different levels of achievement, which are designated as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

1. Requirements for Admission to any level of the Registry of Merit

A.  The Dog or Bitch must be owned or co-owned by an FBDCA member in good standing.
B.  The Dog or Bitch must be AKC Registered.
C.  The Dog or Bitch must be positively identified in accordance with AKC policy.
D.  The Dog or Bitch must be free of disqualifying faults.
E.  A Dog or Bitch admitted to the Registry of Merit must have on record:

  • A CHIC number which includes a hip certification of fair or better if by OFA, or a PennHip score placing the dog in the 60th percentile or better, or an OVC grade of normal.
  • A “normal” OFA cardiac certification.
  • A “normal” OFA patellar certification.
  • An eye examination resulting in issuance of a CERF number showing the dog is free of heritable eye disease.
  • Proof of genetic testing for juvenile cataracts with either a “clear” or “carrier” result.  “Affected” dogs will be excluded.  Alternatively, in lieu of a DNA test result, any ROM applicant may also be found “cleared by parentage” if “clear” results are submitted for the dog’s sire and dam.

F.  The Dog or Bitch must have earned a CGC (a basic obedience title – Canine Good Citizen) certificate.
G.  The Dog or Bitch must have demonstrated excellence in type and or performance.

2.  Bronze level, ROM

A.  To obtain a Bronze level ROM, a dog or bitch must meet all requirements of section I above, and earn an AKC title whether in conformation, obedience, agility, or other performance event.

B.  Stars can be added to the Bronze ROM for attainment of additional titles in the performance or conformation area for which the original Bronze award was given.  ie  – if the original award was for a CD, a star would be awarded for a CDX.

3.  Silver Level, ROM

To qualify for a Silver level ROM, a dog or bitch must meet all requirements of Section I above, and earn an AKC title in two or more areas such as a CH. and CD

4.  Gold Level ROM

Given to a dog or bitch who has achieved a Bronze or Silver level ROM and whose progeny include at least four offspring who have also earned AKC titles.*

5.  Platinum Level ROM

Given to a dog or bitch who has achieved a Bronze or Silver level ROM, and whose progeny include at least four offspring who have also earned a Bronze level or better ROM.

TT       Temperament Tested – The test takes about 12 minutes to complete. The dog is on a loose six-foot (6′) lead and three ATTS trained evaluators score the dog. Majority rules. Failure on any part of the test is recognized when a dog shows panic, strong avoidance without recovery or unprovoked aggression.

CGC   Canine Good Citizen – Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Rally Titles – AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.

A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions.

RN – Rally Novice  – this is the first level for those just getting started in competition.

  • All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.
  • There is a requirement of 10-15 stations to complete with no more than five stationary exercises.
  • The exercises performed vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces during the course.

Exhibitors at this level may clap their hands and pat their legs through the course.