Titles which Labrador retrievers may receive - AKC, CKC, HRC, NAHRA, etc.


TITLES APPEARING BEFORE A RETRIEVER'S NAME
FC - Field Champion
AFC - Amateur Field Champion
NAFC - National Amateur Field Champion
NFC - National Field Champion
A letter preceding the title indicates the place of origin if a foreign title i.e. CFC - Canadian Field Champion.
These titles are awarded to the retrievers winning a required number of points in competitions against the best field dogs of the entire retriever breeds. These titles are difficult and expensive to attain and indicate the dogs are of superior intelligence, athletic ability, and have a very high desire to retrieve.

CH - Champion - Conformation or Bench Champion - this title indicates that the dog has won a required number of points in competition judging conformation, against the best looking dogs in its breed group. The dog is an almost perfect looking specimen and moves correctly according to the breed standard. It gives no verification of field ability.

DC - Dual Champion (Show & Field - CH & FC) The most coveted title awarded to retrievers. The dog is both a Field Champion and Conformation Champion, this indicates that the dog is among the best looking and best performing in the field. There has not been a DC in AKC for over 30 years.

TC - Triple Champion (Show, Field, & Obedience - CH, FC, OTCH)
OTCH - Obedience Trial Champion

The Field Championship titles appear before the name. They are AKC's competitive Field work titles-simulating hunting. Similar to the Hunt Tests but usually much further distances and more demanding tests. (We generally breed to Field Trial dogs because they are the best of the best due to the competitive nature of the test and need for intelligence and trainability.)
FC = Field Champion, can be handled by either a professional trainer or an amateur handler.
AFC = Amateur Field Champion, dog can only be handled by an amateur person, usually the owner of the dog.
Points are awarded for placements. At least one win is required and then the accumulation of enough points for the title.
NFC = National Field Champion, only 1 dog per year earns this title - a sort of Super bowl playoff between top dogs of the year.
NAFC = National Amateur Field Champion, same as NFC above but handled by an Amateur person.
*** or QAA = Qualified All-Age. This is not a title but indicates a dog has earned either a 1st or 2nd place in the Qualifying event and is now capable of running the FC or AFC events.
Derby Points = Competitive tests run for dogs under 2 years of age. Points awarded for placements.

The Letter "C" before any of the following titles indicate that the titles were earned in the Canadian Kennel Club sponsored events rather than AKC.  For Example CNFC is Canadian National Field Champion.  This is not the official CKC manner of Titles it is the Americanized version.

Field Trial titles are the highest competitive AKC test for a hunting retrieving dog. They simulate difficult hunting situations often at long distances requiring excellent marking, trainability and drive from the dog. Dogs retrieve multiple land/water marks at the higher levels and are handled with whistle commands to retrieve birds that the dog has not seen fall (blinds). Points are awarded for placements and the dog needs at least one win and enough points to title. Points are assigned for placements. Only the best dogs title. There are different divisions for amateur handlers, young dogs and an Open division which is open to all, including professional trainers. Each year a National test is held for the Amateur and Open divisions for qualified dogs. The winner of that test is essentially the American retrieving dog of the year. All Field trial titles appear before the dogs official AKC name.
FC=Field Champion to earn this title a dog needs at least 10 point with at least one win in the Open division. 5 points are awarded for a 1st place, 3 for second, 1 for third and 1/2 point for 4th place. This test can be run by either an amateur handler or a professional and the division is called the "Open".
NFC= National Field Champion Only 1 dog per year earns this title. It is the highest AKC retrieving title.
AFC=Amateur Field Champion. The amateur refers to the status of the person handling the dog. A total of 15 points plus a win are required to earn this title.
NAFC=National Amateur Field Champion. Only 1 dog per year earns this title and is handled by a person with an amateur status (not a professional that received money for training).
C in front of the title= Canadian title (CFC-CNFC-CAFC-CNAFC). This is how most Americans note the titles, they will not appear on AKC papers since they only keep track of American titles.
AAQ- All Age Qualified= the dog won in a qualifying division Field Trial and is now able to compete in the Open and Amateur divisions.
DERBY= division for dogs under 2 years of age. Points are accumulated and a derby dog of the year is noted with the highest points. Generally those with 10 or more points will make the annual Derby list.

TITLES APPEARING AFTER A RETRIEVER'S NAME
JH - Junior Hunter
SH - Senior Hunter
MH - Master Hunter
These titles indicate that the retriever has passed a required series of retrieving and hunting exercises in a field situation at AKC regulation meets. Real hunting situations are closely simulated. Although not competitive, the dogs are tested thoroughly on land and water and must do blind retrieves responding to hand signals.  Briefly the Hunt test titles appear after the name of the dog. These are titles given to a dog for achieving a standard of simulated hunting performance. Any dog that meets the required level in a Hunt Test will earn a ribbon as opposed to only 1 dog in the Field Championships taking a 1st place. Hunt test titles do not differentiate whether a professional or amateur handler runs the dog.
JH = Junior Hunter. Requires basic retrieves of singles (one shot bird) to hand.
SH = Senior Hunter. Requires dog be steady to shot, retrieves double marks to hand, capable of running blinds to retrieve birds the dog has not seen fall by taking commands and hand signals, ability to handle diversion shot birds, hidden guns.
MH = Master Hunter. Requires ability to handle multiple shot birds at once as well as all of the Senior Hunter requirements. Generally the tests will set up much more difficult situations than the Senior.
MHR = For dogs that earn 5 Master tests in a year they are able to run the Master National Test. If a dog passes a Master National test at least 2 times, it earns the MHR title

AX - Agility Excellent
MX - Master Agility Excellent
NA - Novice Agility
OA - Open Agility
CD - Companion Dog
CDX - Companion Dog Excellent
TD - Tracking Dog
TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent
UD - Utility Dog
UDX - Utility Dog Excellent
VST - Variable Surface Tracker
Obedience and Tracking titles appear as suffixes, and are earned by performing and passing a required set of trained exercises at official AKC meets. They indicate that the dog is very trainable and intelligent but not necessarily birdy.

POINTING LABRADORS

There has been some movement toward establishing versatile dogs with a pointing quality. It is my belief that one still needs a good all around dog which would include the AKC titling and health certification. If one can pull in the pointing quality and still maintain a well bred Field Dog then it only adds to the great nature of the Labrador. We would encourage you to look at the full pedigree and performance of a dog, not just the pointing quality, when you make your choice for your dog. Here is some information about the Pointing Lab Associations.
 

AMERICAN POINTING LABRADOR ASSOCIATION TITLES
CP=Certified Pointer
MP=Master Pointer
GMPR=Grand Master Pointing Retriever
Information from their site: The American Pointing Labrador Association was founded on April 10th 1991 It is a volunteer, nonprofit organization created to pursue the development of the most versatile hunting dog ever: the Pointing Labrador Retriever.

The association is governed by a set of by-laws, elected officers and an elected Board of Directors. The goal of the American Pointing Labrador Association is to enhance the Pointing Labrador's upland game skills while maintaining their water and retrieving abilities. The APLA was created by Labrador owners across the United States who had a common interest in developing and improving the Labrador as an all purpose hunting dog.

Through the practice of certification trials, the APLA will strive to identify those dogs possessing natural pointing instincts as well as the traditional retriever traits. To become certified, the dog must meet the minimum standards for pointing and retrieving on land and water.

The APLA offers the opportunity for those dogs holding the title of CERTIFIED POINTER to earn the title of MASTER POINTING RETRIEVER. The Master Pointing Retriever format is designed to test dogs on a noncompetitive basis for reliability in pointing, retrieving, hunting, nose, stamina, desire, cooperation and obedience. The test will be challenging, but representative of true hunting conditions.

By achieving at least two prize category finishes, with one of those being a Prize One category finish, that Retriever can also earn the designation as Grand Master Pointing Retriever. Dogs performing at this level are outstanding performers.

The APLA also offers hunting trials for those dog holding the title of Certified Pointer. A team consisting of one dog and two hunting participants compete in a trial with various game birds planted. The dogs are scored on pointing ability, retrieving and efficiency. Prizes are awarded, based on a point system of the dogs performance in the competition with the other participants. These test are designed to be "fun hunts" for members of the organization.

International Pointing Labrador Association Titles

RP=Reported Pointer
NP=Novice Pointer
CP=Certified Pointer
DP=Dual Purpose 

Agility Association of Canada (AAC)

Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

North American Hunting Retriever (NAHRA)

HRC is affiliated with the United Kennel Club, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI, who carries the registry for the HRC. The UKC offers 5 coveted titles to the HRC program:

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