|Barked: Mon Nov 21, '11 1:13pm PST |
|Most of the titles you see near a dog's name are listed on the AKC website with their abbreviations (because most dogsters are in the US, the AKC has the highest # of registrations here). Some titles come before a dog's name, others are suffixes if listed properly. For example a CH. before a dog's name indicates it has earned the "Champion" title, it has earned enough conformation points in AKC breed events that it can display that title. Most of those dogs are purebreds only, as the AKC restricts who can participate in what event by breed registration.
They also have herding, nosework, agility titles galore.
There are also APDT titles that are earned through competitions like Rally obedience. Their titles appear differently than those of the AKC. I'm not sure if they restrict by breed, they may not. You can check apdt. com for more info on their competitions, titles and qualifications.
A CGC (canine good citizen) is a certificate that is earned for passing the AKC's canine good citizen test, all breeds and mutts/mixes can participate in that one. Competitors will quickly tell you that isn't a 'title' per se. Hope this helps.
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