Titles

Interpreting the “alphabet soup” that is AKC and other titles around a dog’s registered name takes a bit of practice. It’s relatively easy if you are already familiar with what each titles means, but there are over 200 distinct suffix titles offered by the AKC alone, plus those offered by other organiztions or by parent breed clubs.

What follows is a list of some of the titles. If you’ve run across one and don’t see it here, please feel free to drop us a line and ask us to update our list. These titles are also used in the “title decoder” tool.

(There are even more listed on the AKC’s “Titles and Abbreviations” page.)

As a rule of thumb, each term in the list is composed of some initial letters that indicate the event, and a final letter which indicates the level of achievement. (And like any good rule of thumb, there are, of course, exceptions.) Note that when a more-advanced title is earned in a given event, it typically replaces the previous one in the alphabet soup. For example, when a dog with a “CGC” (Canine Good Citizen) title earns its “CGCA” (Canine Good Citizen Advanced) title, instead of “CGC CGCA”, you’d just see “CGCA”.

Title decoder

Type (or paste) in a bunch of titles, or even an entire registered name, and we’ll try to decode it for you:

Titles by event

Dual-champion
DCDual-champion (Dog earns both conformation Champion and Field Champion)
Conformation
CHChampion (15 points with at least 2 majors)
GCHGrand Champion
GCHBGrand Champion Bronze
GCHSGrand Champion Silver
GCHGGrand Champion Gold
GCHPGrand Champion Platinum
Field Champion
FCField Champion
GFCGrand Field Champion
NFCNational Field Champion
Lure Coursing
JCJunior Courser (Two successful solo lure-coursing scores)
SCSenior Courser (Four successful scores)
MCMaster Courser (25 successful scores after earning SC)
LCXLure Courser Excellent (Earned 45 points after earning FC)
BIFBest In Field (Won final Best In Field run-off against all other breeds at a lure coursing trial)
Coursing Ability
CACoursing Ability
CAACoursing Ability Advanced
CAXCoursing Ability Excellent
CAX2Coursing Ability Excellent 2
Fast CAT
BCATFast CAT—150 points (Earned 150 points at Fast CAT events)
DCATFast CAT—500 points (Earned 500 points at Fast CAT events)
FCATFast CAT—1000 points (Earned 1000 points at Fast CAT events)
Agility
ACT1Agility Course Test 1
ACT2Agility Course Test 2
ACT1JAgility Course Test 1 Jumpers
ACT2JAgility Course Test 2 Jumpers
NANovice Agility
NAPNovice Agility Preferred
OAOpen Agility
OAPOpen Agility Preferred
AXAgility Excellent
AXPAgility Excellent Preferred
MXMaster Agility Excellent
MXPMaster Agility Excellent Preferred
NAJNovice Agility Jumper
NJPNovice Agility Jumper Preferred
OAJOpen Agility Jumper
OJPOpen Agility Jumper Preferred
AXJExcellent Agility Jumper
AJPAgility Excellent Preferred
MXJMaster Excellent Jumper
MJPMaster Excellent Jumper Preferred
MACHMaster Agility Champion
Obedience
BNBeginner Novice
BN-VBeginner Novice Virtual
GNGraduate Novice
GOGraduate Open
CDCompanion Dog
CD-VCompanion Dog Virtual
CDXCompanion Dog Excellent
UDUtility Dog
UDXUtility Dog Excellent
VERVersatility
OMObedience Master
OGMObedience Grand Master
OTCHObedience Trial Champion
NOCNational Obedience Champion
Rally
RNRally Novice
RIRally Intermediate
RARally Advanced
RERally Elite
RMRally Master
RAERally Advanced Excellent
RNCRally National Champion
RACHRally Champion
Canine Good Citizen
CGCCanine Good Citizen
CGCACanine Good Citizen Advanced
CGCUCanine Good Citizen Urban
Scent Work
SBNScent Work Buried Novice
SBNScent Work Buried Novice Elite
SCNScent Work Container Novice
SCNEScent Work Container Novice Elite
SENScent Work Exterior Novice
SENEScent Work Exterior Novice Elite
SINScent Work Interior Novice
SINEScent Work Interior Novice Elite
SWNScent Work Novice (complete all four elements in novice)
SWNEScent Work Novice Elite (complete all four elements in novice elite)
SBAScent Work Buried Advanced
SBAEScent Work Buried Advanced Elite
SCAScent Work Container Advanced
SCAEScent Work Container Advanced Elite
SEAScent Work Exterior Advanced
SEAEScent Work Exterior Advanced Elite
SIAScent Work Interior Advanced
SIAEScent Work Interior Advanced Elite
SWAScent Work Advanced (complete all four elements in advanced)
SWAEScent Work Advanced Elite
SBEScent Work Buried Excellent
SBEEScent Work Buried Excellent Elite
SCEScent Work Container Excellent
SCEEScent Work Container Excellent Elite
SEEScent Work Exterior Excellent
SEEEScent Work Exterior Excellent Elite
SIEScent Work Interior Excellent
SIEEScent Work Interior Excellent Elite
SWEScent Work Elite
SWEEScent Work Excellent Elite
SBMScent Work Buried Master
SBMEScent Work Buried Master Elite
SCMScent Work Container Master
SCMEScent Work Container Master Elite
SEMScent Work Exterior Master
SEMEScent Work Exterior Master Elite
SIMScent Work Interior Master
SIMEScent Work Interior Master Elite
SWMScent Work Master (complete all four elements in master)
SWMEScent Work Master Elite
SHDNScent Work Handler Discrimination Novice
SHDNEScent Work Handler Discrimination Novice Elite
SHDAScent Work Handler Discrimination Advanced
SHDAEScent Work Handler Discrimination Advanced Elite
SHDEScent Work Handler Discrimination Excellent
SHDEEScent Work Handler Discrimination Excellent Elite
SHDMScent Work Handler Discrimination Master
SHDMEScent Work Handler Discrimination Master Elite
SWDScent Work Detective
Therapy Dog
THDTherapy Dog
THDNTherapy Dog Novice
THDATherapy Dog Advanced
THDETherapy Dog Elite
THDDTherapy Dog Distinguished
THDSTherapy Dog Supreme
Trick Dog
TKNTrick Dog Novice
TKITrick Dog Intermediate
TKATrick Dog Advanced
TKPTrick Dog Performer
TKETrick Dog Elite Performer
Flyball Dog
FDFlyball Dog
FDXFlyball Dog Excellent
FDChFlyball Dog Champion
FDCh-SFlyball Dog Champion Silver
FDCh-GFlyball Dog Champion Gold
FMFlyball Master
Barn Hunt
RATNBarn Hunt Novice
RATOBarn Hunt Open
RATSBarn Hunt Senior
RATMBarn Hunt Master
RATCHBarn Hunt Champion

Titles alphabetically

ACT1Agility Course Test 1Agility
ACT1JAgility Course Test 1 JumpersAgility
ACT2Agility Course Test 2Agility
ACT2JAgility Course Test 2 JumpersAgility
AJPAgility Excellent PreferredAgility
AXAgility ExcellentAgility
AXJExcellent Agility JumperAgility
AXPAgility Excellent PreferredAgility
BCATFast CAT—150 points (Earned 150 points at Fast CAT events)Fast CAT
BIFBest In Field (Won final Best In Field run-off against all other breeds at a lure coursing trial)Lure Coursing
BNBeginner NoviceObedience
BN-VBeginner Novice VirtualObedience
CACoursing AbilityCoursing Ability
CAACoursing Ability AdvancedCoursing Ability
CAXCoursing Ability ExcellentCoursing Ability
CAX2Coursing Ability Excellent 2Coursing Ability
CDCompanion DogObedience
CD-VCompanion Dog VirtualObedience
CDXCompanion Dog ExcellentObedience
CGCCanine Good CitizenCanine Good Citizen
CGCACanine Good Citizen AdvancedCanine Good Citizen
CGCUCanine Good Citizen UrbanCanine Good Citizen
CHChampion (15 points with at least 2 majors)Conformation
DCDual-champion (Dog earns both conformation Champion and Field Champion)Dual-champion
DCATFast CAT—500 points (Earned 500 points at Fast CAT events)Fast CAT
FCField ChampionField Champion
FCATFast CAT—1000 points (Earned 1000 points at Fast CAT events)Fast CAT
FDFlyball DogFlyball Dog
FDChFlyball Dog ChampionFlyball Dog
FDCh-GFlyball Dog Champion GoldFlyball Dog
FDCh-SFlyball Dog Champion SilverFlyball Dog
FDXFlyball Dog ExcellentFlyball Dog
FMFlyball MasterFlyball Dog
GCHGrand ChampionConformation
GCHBGrand Champion BronzeConformation
GCHGGrand Champion GoldConformation
GCHPGrand Champion PlatinumConformation
GCHSGrand Champion SilverConformation
GFCGrand Field ChampionField Champion
GNGraduate NoviceObedience
GOGraduate OpenObedience
JCJunior Courser (Two successful solo lure-coursing scores)Lure Coursing
LCXLure Courser Excellent (Earned 45 points after earning FC)Lure Coursing
MACHMaster Agility ChampionAgility
MCMaster Courser (25 successful scores after earning SC)Lure Coursing
MJPMaster Excellent Jumper PreferredAgility
MXMaster Agility ExcellentAgility
MXJMaster Excellent JumperAgility
MXPMaster Agility Excellent PreferredAgility
NANovice AgilityAgility
NAJNovice Agility JumperAgility
NAPNovice Agility PreferredAgility
NFCNational Field ChampionField Champion
NJPNovice Agility Jumper PreferredAgility
NOCNational Obedience ChampionObedience
OAOpen AgilityAgility
OAJOpen Agility JumperAgility
OAPOpen Agility PreferredAgility
OGMObedience Grand MasterObedience
OJPOpen Agility Jumper PreferredAgility
OMObedience MasterObedience
OTCHObedience Trial ChampionObedience
RARally AdvancedRally
RACHRally ChampionRally
RAERally Advanced ExcellentRally
RATCHBarn Hunt ChampionBarn Hunt
RATMBarn Hunt MasterBarn Hunt
RATNBarn Hunt NoviceBarn Hunt
RATOBarn Hunt OpenBarn Hunt
RATSBarn Hunt SeniorBarn Hunt
RERally EliteRally
RIRally IntermediateRally
RMRally MasterRally
RNRally NoviceRally
RNCRally National ChampionRally
SBAScent Work Buried AdvancedScent Work
SBAEScent Work Buried Advanced EliteScent Work
SBEScent Work Buried ExcellentScent Work
SBEEScent Work Buried Excellent EliteScent Work
SBMScent Work Buried MasterScent Work
SBMEScent Work Buried Master EliteScent Work
SBNScent Work Buried Novice EliteScent Work
SCSenior Courser (Four successful scores)Lure Coursing
SCAScent Work Container AdvancedScent Work
SCAEScent Work Container Advanced EliteScent Work
SCEScent Work Container ExcellentScent Work
SCEEScent Work Container Excellent EliteScent Work
SCMScent Work Container MasterScent Work
SCMEScent Work Container Master EliteScent Work
SCNScent Work Container NoviceScent Work
SCNEScent Work Container Novice EliteScent Work
SEAScent Work Exterior AdvancedScent Work
SEAEScent Work Exterior Advanced EliteScent Work
SEEScent Work Exterior ExcellentScent Work
SEEEScent Work Exterior Excellent EliteScent Work
SEMScent Work Exterior MasterScent Work
SEMEScent Work Exterior Master EliteScent Work
SENScent Work Exterior NoviceScent Work
SENEScent Work Exterior Novice EliteScent Work
SHDAScent Work Handler Discrimination AdvancedScent Work
SHDAEScent Work Handler Discrimination Advanced EliteScent Work
SHDEScent Work Handler Discrimination ExcellentScent Work
SHDEEScent Work Handler Discrimination Excellent EliteScent Work
SHDMScent Work Handler Discrimination MasterScent Work
SHDMEScent Work Handler Discrimination Master EliteScent Work
SHDNScent Work Handler Discrimination NoviceScent Work
SHDNEScent Work Handler Discrimination Novice EliteScent Work
SIAScent Work Interior AdvancedScent Work
SIAEScent Work Interior Advanced EliteScent Work
SIEScent Work Interior ExcellentScent Work
SIEEScent Work Interior Excellent EliteScent Work
SIMScent Work Interior MasterScent Work
SIMEScent Work Interior Master EliteScent Work
SINScent Work Interior NoviceScent Work
SINEScent Work Interior Novice EliteScent Work
SWAScent Work Advanced (complete all four elements in advanced)Scent Work
SWAEScent Work Advanced EliteScent Work
SWDScent Work DetectiveScent Work
SWEScent Work EliteScent Work
SWEEScent Work Excellent EliteScent Work
SWMScent Work Master (complete all four elements in master)Scent Work
SWMEScent Work Master EliteScent Work
SWNScent Work Novice (complete all four elements in novice)Scent Work
SWNEScent Work Novice Elite (complete all four elements in novice elite)Scent Work
THDTherapy DogTherapy Dog
THDATherapy Dog AdvancedTherapy Dog
THDDTherapy Dog DistinguishedTherapy Dog
THDETherapy Dog EliteTherapy Dog
THDNTherapy Dog NoviceTherapy Dog
THDSTherapy Dog SupremeTherapy Dog
TKATrick Dog AdvancedTrick Dog
TKETrick Dog Elite PerformerTrick Dog
TKITrick Dog IntermediateTrick Dog
TKNTrick Dog NoviceTrick Dog
TKPTrick Dog PerformerTrick Dog
UDUtility DogObedience
UDXUtility Dog ExcellentObedience
VERVersatilityObedience