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What is a Title Really?

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher Title,
not just an adjunct to competitive scores.

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A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

A Title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.

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A Title says that you loved your dog that you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog, and that you believe in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.

A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return. And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.

A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently -Sandy Mowery (writer for Front & Finish)

Alphabet Soup


What do all those letters mean, and why they are important- Titles in BOLD are offered by the NCA

Some titles you may see before a dog's registered name:

CH (champion) may be connected with-

Am- American

Can- Canadian

Int- International

if not connected to a country, it is assumed to mean American Champion

GCH- Grand Champion (may include B, S, G, or P indicating bronze, silver, gold or platinum)

VN (Versitile Newfoundland) means that a dog has earned the following- American Championship, AKC CD (obedience), NCA Draft Dog and Water Rescue Dog

WA (Working Achievement Award)- means that a dog has earned at least 6 upper level working, obedience or performance titles.

Some titles you may see following a dog's registered name:

CD- Companion Dog

CDX- Companion Dog Excellent

UD- Utility Dog

DD- Draft Dog or DDX - Draft Dog Excellent

ROM- Register of Merit

TDD- Team Draft Dog

TD- Tracking Dog

THD - Therapy Dog

TDI- Therapy Dog International

WD- Water Dog

WRD- Water Rescue Dog

WRDX- Water Rescue Dog Excellent

CGC- Canine Good Citizen