CH - Champion. Must
receive 15 points in conformation wins. Depends on how many dogs are entered,
you can win up to 5 points in one show. You need to get two majors (3, 4
or 5pts) from two different judges included in the 15 pts.
GCH - Grand Champion. Must receive an
addition 25 points with 3 major wins from three different judges. Points
are awarded according to winning BOB, BOV, BOS or Select Dog at a show and
how many other dogs in your breed that you beat.
Explanation of Conformation
BIS - Best in Show. The
best dog at an all-breed show.
BISS - Best in Specialty Show. Best Collie (smooth & roughs together) in a
BOV - Best of Variety. Best Smooth or Best Rough. Like Best of Breed.
BOS - Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Variety. Smooths & Roughs separate in
WB - Winners Bitch. Winning bitch over all the regular classes.
RWB - Reserve Winners Bitch. Runner up to Winners Bitch. If Winners Bitch
becomes ineligible for the points then RWB will receive them.
WD - Winners Dog. Winning dog over all the regular classes.
RWD - Reserve Winners Dog. Runner up to Winners Dog. If WD becomes
ineligible for the points then RWD will receive them.
BOW - Best of Winners. Best between Winners Dog and Winners Bitch during breed BOV competition.
SPECIAL - A dog that is competing for Best of Variety only and is already a
ROM Register of Merit (dogs need 20 champions and bitches need 7 champions
to receive this award for collies)
ROMC Canadian ROM
ROM/C-designates that the dog has earned an American and a Canadian ROM
CD- Companion Dog. Dog must
compete in either Novice A or Novice B and pass with a score of 170-200 in three
shows under three different judges.
CDX - Companion Dog Excellent. More advanced than the CD. Dog must compete
in Open A and pass three shows to receive this title.
UD - Utility Dog. Advanced obedience title, using hand signals, jumps, dumbells.
UDX - Utility Dog Excellent. More advanced than the UD.
OTCH - Obedience Trial Champion. The highest Obedience award.
CGC - Canine Good Citizen (unofficial AKC Certification).
RN-Rally Novice. Dog must compete in either Novice A or Novice B and pass with a
score of at least 70 out of 100.
RA-Rally Advanced. More advanced than the RN. Everything is done off
RE-Rally Excellent. Also done off leash. Both RA and RE use jumps.
NA - Novice Agility
OA - Open Agility
AX - Agility Excellent
MX - Master Agility Excellent
NAJ - Novice Agility Jumpers
OAJ - Open Agility Jumpers
EAJ - Excellent Agility Jumpers
HIC - Herding Instinct
Certification (non AKC Certification)
HT - Herding Tested
PT - Pre-Trial Tested
HS - Herding Started
HI - Herding Intermediate
HX - Herding Excellent
HC - Herding Champion
TD - Tracking Dog
TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent
VST - Variable Surface Tracker
CT-Champion Tracker (must earn all 3 other titles)
AHBA Titles (American Herding Breed
HCT - Herding Capability
Tested. Dog must show sustained interest, going around, gathering and moving
livestock toward handler. 2nd leg requires a stop and a recall. Dog must pass 2
legs to receive title.
JHD - Junior Herding Dog. Course with panels and gates. Dog must pass 2 legs to
receive this title.
HTD I - Herding Trial Dog (started level)
HTD II - Herding Trial Dog (intermediate level)
HTD III - Herding Trial Dog (advanced level)
HTAD - Herding Trial Arena Dog (all three levels)
HRD I - Herding Ranch Dog. (started level)
HRD II - Herding Ranch Dog (intermediate level)
HRD III - Herding Ranch Dog (advanced level)
HTCh - Herding Trial Championship. This is earned after dogs have earned an
advanced level title, then start earning 15 scores of 85 or better from any
RLF - Ranch Large Flock (all 3 levels, working with 30 sheep)
American Working Collie
BPD - Back packing dog.
Dog must carry a backpack with min. of 4% body weight not to exceed 10%.
Two different phases. 20 miles total on natural terrain. 12 miles on city
terrain with at least 1 mile a group walk.
BPDX - Back Packing Dog Excellent. This is awarded after the dog has completed
both the natural and city terrain.
CRT - Carting Dog. Dog pulls a cart and goes through certain obedience exercises
including pulling weight.
CRTX - Carting Dog Excellent. Dog needs to walk a trail pulling more
weight than in the CRT.
SOC I - Social Dog. Dog completes 25 documented therapy dog visits.
SOC II - Social Dog (intermediate). Dog completes another 50 documented therapy
SOC III - Social Dog (advanced). Dog completes another 75 documented visits for
a total of 150 visits.
VC - Versatility Companion. Must earn a total of 5 points from a min. of 3 categories.
VCX - Versatility Companion Excellent. Must earn a total of 10 points from a
min. of 5 categories.
VCH - Versatility Champion - Must earn 15 points from 6 categories and at least
2 pts each from 2 different categories must be earned at intermediate or
GVCH - Grand Versatility Champion. Dog must have earned a VCH plus any 3 of the
following titles: HX or higher, UD or higher, TDX or higher or 3 live, cadaver,
narcotics, explosives, or agricultural finds, documented by authorities, Agility
Excellent titles or its equivalent or higher.
TT - Temperament tested through
the American Temperament Society.
TDI - Therapy Dogs International Inc. Dog must pass the Canine Good Citizen Test
along with 4 extra requirements.
TDIA - Therapy Dogs International Inc. Active. Dog must have completed 50
documented therapy dog visits.
Orthopedic Foundation For
Animals. OFA hips will receive an OFA number if they are within the normal range
and must be at least 2 years old: Fair, Good, Excellent. If they are dysplastic
they will be rated mild, moderate or severe. Other OFA:
thyroid, elbows, hearts.
Penn-Hip - University of
- PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic technology
(x-ray) for hip evaluation. The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip
and quantitatively measures canine hip joint laxity.
GCS - Gray Collie Syndrome. Canine Cyclic Neutropenia. The disorder
is caused by an abnormality of the stem cells in the bone marrow, from which all
blood cells are developed. Puppies usually do not survive long after birth but
few have. A sure sign is a gray or brown nose. Lack of pigment as in sable
will be white on a tri or blue and gray markings instead of black.
Testing is available through Healthgene.
CERF - Canine Eye Registry Foundation. Certified to have normal eyed.
Recertification must be done annually. Collie Eye Anomaly /
Choroidal Hypoplasia (CEA) Test.
genetic test for CEA/CH provides a powerful management tool for the breeder.
This genetic test can distinguish all three genetic states – normal, carrier and
MDR1 - Testing through
State University Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory for sensitivity to certain drugs. Tests will be
mutant/mutant, mutant/normal, normal/normal.
vWD - Von Willebrands Disease free-meaning the dog has been tested and found
free of vWD, a bleeding disorder, vWD free ratings also are often given with a
percentage listed. Definitive results:The VetGen test will
unambiguously classify dogs into CLEAR, CARRIER or AFFECTED categories.
Please check with the different
Health foundations for other tests available and correct ages that some tests
should be done. Also for more information about these tests and what the