Just what do all those letters in front of and behind a dogs name mean?


Ch.: This means that the dog is an AKC champion

AM/Eng Ch.: Means that the dog is an American and English Champion

Int.Ch.:  International Champion

BIS :  The dog is an All Breed Best In Show winner

BISS:  A Specialty Best In Show winner.  Specialties are usually fairly prestigious shows for that particular breed only.

ROM :  Register of Merit.  This title means that the dog has either sired at east 10 AKC champion offspring, or if a female, has produced at least 5 AKC champions.

CD:  Obedience title meaning Companion Dog.  Won by competing in  AKC Obedience trials

CDX: Companion Dog Excellent. This is one step above CD

UD:  Utility Dog.  Another step up from CDX

UDX:  Utility Dog Excellent.  Still better than UD

TD:    Tracking Dog.  A dog that has been awarded a tracking degree by  competing in AKC tracking trials


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