AKC - American Kennel Club. The largest multi breed organization in the USA. It holds obedience trials, conformation shows, and many other tests.
CKC - Canadian Kennel Club. The largest multi breed organization in Canada. It holds obedience trials and conformation shows.
CD - Companion Dog. The first achievable title in AKC or CKC obedience trials.
CDX - Companion Dog Excellent. The second title a achievable in AKC or CKC obedience trials.
TD - Tracking Dog. The first degree a dog can earn at an AKC or CKC tracking test.
USA - United Schutzhund Clubs of America. (Of course when not referring to the country!!) This is an organization, to which I belong, that holds Schutzhund Trials, German Conformation Shows, and Breed Surveys for German Shepherds.
Schutzhund - A sport that was developed to test German Shepherds for breed worthiness. This test includes tracking, obedience, and protection work. There are 3 main titles: Schutzhund 1, 2, and 3. A dog must start by earning a Schutzhund 1, and work it's way to a Schutzhund 3.
SchH1 - Schutzhund 1. The lowest Shutzhund title.
SchH2 - Schutzhund 2. The second Schutzhund title.
SchH3 - Schutzhund 3. The highest Schutzhund title.
FH - An advanced tracking title offered in Schutzhund.
Breed Survey - An event in Schutzhund in which a dog has to attain certain requirements and is looked over by a special judge to be determined if he is worthy of breeding.
KK1 - Koer Klassed- The German word for Breed Surveyed.
IP3 - An international title very similar to the schH3 title.
Show Rating - These are given to dogs in a German Conformation Show. V is excellent, SG is very good, and G is good. A show rating is one of the requirements for a Breed Survey.
AD - This is a 12 mile endurance test that is a requirement for the Breed Survey.
BH - A combination temperament test and obedience routine that must be earned before a dog can earn a SchH1.
Hip X-ray - German Shepherds, among other breeds, need to have their hips x-rayed to check for hip dysplasia, a potentially crippling disease. There are 2 organizations I have used to read and grade the x-rays. OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) and the A-Stamp Program. OFA has 3 passing ratings; excellent, good, and fair. The A-stamp Program has 2 passing ratings, Normal (good to excellent) and Fast Normal. (fair)
OFA - Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
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