Dog Acronym List

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This list primarily deals with acronyms and references for dog fanciers. There are many other lists available for other general acronyms and emoticons, which you should consult.


  1. All titles are suffixes to a dog’s registered name if not otherwise noted.
  2. Acronyms listed alphabetically, except herding titles, which are in order of difficulty.


AAC – Agility Association of Canada

AKC – American Kennel Club

CKC – Canadian Kennel Club

NADAC – North American Dog Agility CouncilUKCUnited Kennel Club (USA)USDAAUnited States Dog Agility Association

Flyball Titles

FD – Flyball Dog

FDX – Flyball Dog Excellent

FDCh – Flyball Dog Champion

FM – Flyball Master

FMX – Flyball Master Excellent

FMCh – Flyball Master Champion

ONYX – Award (named after the first recipient) based on points earned

FGDCh – Flyball Grand Champion

Agility Titles

AX – Agility Excellent (AKC)

MX – Master Agility Excellent (AKC)

NA – Novice Agility (AKC)

OA – Open Agility (AKC)

NAJ – Novice Jumper With Weaves (AKC)

OAJ – Open Jumper With Weaves (AKC)

AXJ – Excellent Jumper With Weaves (AKC)

MXJ – Master Jumper With Weaves (AKC)

U-AGI – Agility I (UKC)

U-AGII – Agility II (UKC)

U-ACH – Agility Champion (UKC)

U-ACHX – Agility Champion Excellent (UKC)

AD – Agility Dog (USDAA)

VAD – Veteran Agility Dog (USDAA)

VAAD – Veteran Advanced Agility Dog (USDAA)

VMAD – Veteran Master Agility Dog (USDAA)

VS – Veterans Snooker

VJ – Veterans Jumper

VG – Veterans Gambler

VPD – Veteran Performance Dog

AAD – Advanced Agility Dog (USDAA)

MAD – Master Agility Dog (USDAA)

SM – Snooker Master (USDAA)

GM – Gambler Master (USDAA)

PM – Pairs Master (USDAA)

JM – Jumpers Master (USDAA)

ADCH – Agility Dog Champion (USDAA)

ADC – Agility Dog of Canada (AAC)

AADC – Advanced Agility Dog of Canada (AAC)

MADC – Master Agility Dog of Canada (AAC)

O-, S-Outstanding, Superior Performance, prefixed to any NADAC title

NAC, NAC-V, NAC-JH Novice Standard, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

OAC, OAC-V, OAC-JH Open Standard, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)EAC, EAC-V, EAC-JHElite Standard, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

NGC, NGC-V, NCG-JH Novice Gamblers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

OGC, OGC-V, OCG-JH Open Gamblers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

EGC, EGC-V, ECG-JH Elite Gamblers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

NJC, NJC-V, NJC-JH Novice Jumpers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

OJC, OJC-V, OJC-JH Open Jumpers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

EJC, EJC-V, EJC-JH Elite Jumpers, Veterans, Junior Handler (NADAC)

NATCh – Agility Trial Champion (NADAC)

Obedience Titles

CD – Companion Dog (AKC, CKC)

CDX – Companion Dog Excellent (AKC, CKC)

CT – Champion Tracker (a dog with a TD, TDX and VST) (AKC)

OTCh – Obedience Trial Champion (prefix) (AKC, CKC)TDTracking Dog (AKC, CKC)

TDX – Tracking Dog Excellent (AKC, CKC)U-CDCompanion Dog (prefix) (UKC)

U-CDX – Companion Dog Excellent (prefix) (UKC)

U-UD – Utility Dog (prefix) (UKC)

UD – Utility Dog (AKC, CKC)

UDT – Utility Dog title with a Tracking Dog title (AKC)

UDTX – Utility Dog title with a Tracking Dog Excellent title (AKC)

UDX – Utility Dog Excellent (AKC)

UDVST – Utility Dog title with a Variable Surface Tracking title (AKC)

VST – Variable Surface Tracking (AKC)
NOTE 1: The AKC OTCh is much different and more difficult to achieve than the Canadian (CKC) OTCh. The CKC OTCh is equivalent to getting a Canadian UD. In other words the CKC UD = CKC OTCh.

NOTE 2: There are no combined titles for dogs with UDX and other tracking titles.

NOTE 3: The Champion Tracker title is not a competitively earned title and does not figure into Dual or Triple Champion titles. (The OTCH can be the third CH in a Triple, though.)


AD – 12 1/2 mile endurance run (can move from the other category)

B – German equiv. of a CD and CGC test in one

SchH I, SchH II, SchH III – comprising three phases -tracking, obedience, and protection. the dog must pass all three phases to earn the title.

FH – advanced tracking title (comparable to TDX)

WH – watchdog title

KKLKoer’d – means the dog is certified as eligible for breeding under the German breed survey system

AKC herding titles

HCH – Herding Champion (prefix)

HI – Herding Intermediate

HS – Herding Started

HT – Herding Tested

HX – Herding Excellent

PT – Pre-trial Tested

Herding titles – AHBA (American Herding Breeds Association)

HCT- Herding Capable Tested*

HTD1- Herding Trial Dog, first level*

HTD2- Herding Trial Dog, second level*

HTD3- Herding Trial Dog, third level

JHD- Junior Herd Dog

* The official AHBA HTD title can have up to 4 suffixes: -d for ducks; -s for sheep; -g for goats; or -c for cattle. The title will always have at least one of these suffixes.

Herding titles – ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America)

* ATD – Advanced Trial Dog*

OTD – Open Trial Dog

RD – Ranch Dog (dog has been evaluated by a judge while doing its routine farm tasks & certified to be a useful working dog)

* STD – Started Trial Dog

WTCH – Working Trial Champion (prefix)(dog has earned ATD on all 3 types of stock)

* Always with suffix -s, -d, -c to indicate title earned on sheep, ducks or cattle. Titles earned separately on each type of stock.

Field trials – AKC, CKC

AFCAmateur Field Champion, (prefix) (must be owner handled)

CFC – Canadian Field Champion, (prefix)

CAFCCanadian Amateur Field Champion, (prefix)

FC – Field champion, (prefix) (can be a professional handler, open class)

FD – Field Dog (pointing, CKC)

FDJ – Field Dog Junior (pointing, CKC)

FDX – Field Dog Excellent (pointing, CKC)

NFC – National Field Champion, (prefix)

Go To Ground/Terrier Trials/Tests

JE – Junior Earthdog (AKC)

ME – Master Earthdog (AKC)

SE – Senior Earthdog (AKC)
NOTE 1: AWTA Titles and other Terrier titles missing.

Coursing titles – ASFA (American Sighthound Field Association)

F.Ch. – Field Champion

LCM – Lure Courser of Merit

LCM2 – Lure Courser of Merit 2 (has met the requirements for LCM twice over. LCM3, LCM4, etc. are also available)

Coursing titles – AKC

JC – Junior Courser (suffix)

SC – Senior Courser (suffix)

F.Ch. – Field Champion (prefix)

Coursing titles – NAOFA (North American Open Field Association)

CC – Coursing Champion

CM – Courser of Merit

Coursing titles – NACA (North American Coursing Association)

NACCNACA – Coursing ChampionNACMNACA Courser of Merit

Hunt Test Titles

GMHR – Grand Master Hunting Retriever (NAHRA)

JH – Junior Hunter (AKC)

SH – Senior Hunter (AKC)

SR – Started Retriever (NAHRA)

MH – Master Hunter (AKC)

MHR – Master Hunting Retriever (NAHRA)

WRWorking Retriever (NAHRA)

NAHRA titles incomplete, need UKC/HRC titles too.

Working certificates (breed clubs)

WAC – Working Aptitude Certificate (Doberman Pincher Club of America)

WC – Working Certificate (various breed clubs, differs)

WCI – Working Certificate Intermediate (various breed clubs, differs)

WCX – Working Certificate Excellent (various breed clubs, differs)

WD – Working dog (American Chesapeake Club, ACC)

WDX – Working dog excellent (ACC)

WDQ – Working dog qualified (ACC)

WD – Water dog (Newfoundland Club of America, NCA)

WRD – Water rescue dog (NCA)

DD – Draft dog (NCA)

TDD – Team draft dog (NCA)

VN – Versatile Newfoundland (NCA)

American Water Spaniels

SD – Started Dog (American Water Spaniel Club — AWSC)

WD – Working Dog (AWSC)

WDX – Working Dog Excellent (AWSC)

WDS – Working Dog Superior

JWD – Junior Working Dog (American Water Spaniel Field Assoc. — AWSFA)

SWD – Senior Working Dog (AWSFA)

MWD – Master Working Dog (AWSFA)

Miscellaneous titles

CG – Certificate of Gameness (American Working Terrier Assn)

CGC – Canine Good Citizen Certificate

CH – Champion (prefix)

HIC – Herding Instinct Certified

TD – Therapy Dog

TDI – Therapy Dog International

TT – Temperment Tested by ATTS (or other official organizations)

Breed acronyms

BC – Border Collie

CBR – Chesapeake Bay Retriever

CCR – Curly-coated Retriever

FCR – Flat-coated Retriever

GD – Great Dane

GR – Golden Retriever

GSD – German Shepherd Dog

GSP – German Shorthaired Pointer

GWP – German Wirehaired Pointer

LR – Labrador Retriever

OES – Old English Sheepdog

PBGV – Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

PWC – Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Other Dog-Related Acronyms

ACVO – American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

BJ – Broad Jump or Bar Jump (context)

CERF – Canine Eye Registry Foundation

DJ – Directed Jumping

DOR – Drop on Recall

F8 – Figure Eight

HD – Hip Displasia (sometimes CHD)

ILPAKC –  Indefinite Listing Privilege for unpapered purebreds

LPUKC’s – Listing Privilege for unpapered purebreds/mixed breeds

OFA – Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

ROF – Retrieve on the Flat

ROH – Retrieve over the High Jump

ROM – Register of Merit

Conversational acronyms

BTW – By The Way

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

IMHO – In My Honest Opinion

LOL – Laughing out Loud

OTOH – On The Other Hand

ROTF – Rolling on the Floor (amusement)

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