Titles & Abbreviations

A dog's pedigree paperwork is an insight into their past. Knowing how to interpret pedigree titles and names, gives you an insight to a dog's history and who their relatives are and can be a great asset for the future of your canine companion.


  • Companion Dog; Novice Obedience

  • Companion Dog (AKC/CKC obedience title from the Novice A/B class)

  • A Companion Dog. An obedience title offered by the AKC. The dog is required to pass this test three times before being awarded the title. Each pass is called a leg. This is a primary obedience degree and is earned from the Novice class.

  • Companion dog. The first of five working qualifications, each of increasing difficulty, awarded to dogs gaining a certain percentage of total marks at working trials.


  • Letters before the name indicate a Championship achieved, most frequently in the Show-ring, which will appear as Ch. or Aust. Ch.(you may also see N.Z.Ch.or Am.Ch.or similar, indicating titles gained overseas) There are Obedience Champions too, O.C. We also have in this Club a T.Ch. (Tracking) and at least one dog with a Dual Ch. (Championships gained in two different disciplines, Conformation and one other) and even a Triple Champion who has gained her titles in the show-ring as well as in Obedience and Tracking.

  • Champion of Record (CKC/AKC title awarded to dogs who have been awarded at least 10/15 points, including two majors in the breed ring, where their conformation to the written standard of excellence for their breed is judged. See "Champion" definition above)

  • In an American pedigree this can be taken to mean American champion. The American part is just understood. To obtain the American champion title, the AKC requires the dog to acrue 15 points. Two of their show wins must come from what is called a "major show". The number of entries in a show determines if it is a major. A major is a 3, 4, or 5 point show.

  • Conformation Show Ring Champion

  • Country CH – Dogs can obtain championships in many different countries. (Examples: Hung. CH, Can. CH, etc.)


  • Grand Champion: Conformation (show-ring) title achieved by dogs being awarded their 'Champion' title ten times over


  • Endurance Test

  • 20km supervised group ride/run with the dog being vet-checked at prescribed breaks; only conducted in winter.


  • Agility Dog

  • Agility Dog: 3 passes in Novice Agility

  • Aus dauerprufing German = Endurance and Obedience Tests

  • German = Ausdauerprufung - Endurance Trial 12 Miles in 2 Hours - usually at Flying Trot next to a Bicycle

  • Ausdaur Prufung (endurance test). In order for a dog to earn this title they must run 20K (about 12.5 miles) in two hours without excessive fatigue. This title is earned in Germany or in German style shows


  • Basic companion dog - traffic sureness

  • German equiv. of a CD and CGC test in one

  • Begleithund (traffic dog). A basic obedience and sociability title, usually given in Germany, and a prerequisite for Schutzhund titles. It is considered to be a traffic safety title. The trial includes on and off leash obedience as well as a temperament test.


  • Comprising three phases -tracking, obedience and protection. dog must pass all three phases to earn title

  • Schutzhund is a working dog sport comprised of three disciplines: tracking, obedience, and protection. All three sections count equally, and all three must be passed in order to earn the degree. The dog must score a passing mark in each of the three phases and gain a total of at least 220 points out of a possible 300 to earn the title. SchH is tested in three progressively harder levels, earning the degree SchH I, SchH II, SchH III, with level three being the hardest. SchH I is Beginning Schutzhund (minimum age 14 months), SchH II is Intermediate Schutzhund (minimum age 16 months), SchH III is Advanced Schutzhund (minimum age is 18 months). After attaining the degree at any level the dog must then wait six months before being eligible for competition at the next higher level.

  • SchH1: Novice Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience and protection

  • SchH2: Intermediate Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience and protection

  • SchH3: Masters level of Schutzhund tracking, obedience and protection


  • Fahrtenhund. An advanced tracking degree, which includes two levels with increased difficulty (FH and FH II) this is given in Germany or German style shows.

  • FH: Fahrtenhund, tracking qualification

  • FH1: Advanced tracking

  • FH2: Superior tracking qualification


  • International Prufungsordung (International working test similar to Schutzhund).

  • IPO I is Beginning, IPO II is intermediate, IPO III is advanced.

  • IPO1: International Novice Schutzhund

  • IPO2: International Immediate Schutzhund

  • IPO3: International Masters level Schutzhund


  • Zuchttauglichkeitsprufung. An evaluation of a dogs temperament, character, and working ability. They are designed to select those Rottweilers that are worthy of being bred. The dog’s conformation must be judged of breeding quality and free of disqualifying faults. The dog must have a valid hip certification number and must have a tattoo for identification. Once the conformation and soundness qualifications have been met, the dog’s temperament is tested. This test includes a gun sureness test, a protection test, and a test to ensure that the dog is stable around the public. The results of this test are published in the "Kor" book and become a permanent record. The report will also be printed on the pedigree of the dog’s offspring.

  • Awarded in Germany and by the ARV.


  • Title awarded the Best in Show at an AKC – licensed Specialty Show. (Rottweilers only)

  • Best In Specialty Sweepstakes (NOT Best In Specialty Show which is actually a "Specialty BOB")

  • Canadian = Best in Specialty Show: awarded to the dog judged the best at a conformation single breed show


  • Best in Show. Best dog/bitch at an all-breed show. (AKC)

  • Best In Show: awarded to the top dog judged the best at a conformation show against all dog competing

  • Best In Show


  • German = Dog Society of Germany

  • Verband fur das Deutsche Hundewesen. This is the official body that governs all dog breeds in Germany, of which the ADRK is a division.

  • The VDH in Germany can be compared to the AKC in America.


  • ANKC = Australian National Kennel Council

  • GER = Germany

  • SVN = Slovenia

  • USA = United States of America

  • NLD = Netherlands

  • SER = Serbia

  • Port = Portugal


  • IMP = Import

  • AI = Artificial Insemination