|So what do all of those letters mean at each end of their name?
BIS = Best In Show, meaning they won an all breed show.
BISS = Best in Specialty Show, meaning a show of just malamutes. These tend to draw a larger competitive entry.
BVIS/BPIS=Best Veteran In Show, Best Puppy In Show
CH = Champion. Usually this means AKC Champion but some dogs are campaigned abroad in addition to their AKC championship. In those
cases, the countries will preceed the CH (ex. Am/Can/Ja/Int'l is American, Canadian, Japanese, and International). You can find the requirements
for the AKC Ch at www.akc.org
U-CH = UKC Champion
U-AGI, U-AGII = UKC agility 1, UKC agility 2.
MACH=Master Agility Champion
WLD/WLDA/WLDX = Working Lead Dog, Working Lead Dog Advanced, or Working Lead Dog Excellence.
WTD/WTDA/WTDX = Working Team dog, Working Team Dog Advanced, or Working Team Dog Excellence.
WWPD/WWPDA/WWPDX = Working Weight Pull Dog, Working Weight Pull Dog Advanced, or Working Weight Pull Excellence.
WPD/WPDA/WPDX = Working Pack Dog, Working Pack Dog Advanced, Working Pack Dog Excellence
--All of the above are obtained through the Alaskan Malamute Club of America's Working program. You can see the requirements at
www.alaskanmalamute.org The titles are varying in difficulty, the WD title being the basic and the WDX being the most difficult.
ROM = Register of Merit. Meaning if male, at least 8 of their offspring are AKC Champions, if female, at least 5 of their offspring are AKC
OBROM = Register of Merit in Obedience. Same as above only this is given for AKC obedience titles
ROMWD = Register of Merit Working Dog. If male, at least 5 of their kids have AMCA working titles, if female, at least 4 of their kids have
ROMWDA, ROMWDX = Same numbers as the ROMWD, just in advanced titles or excellence titles.
--The above are proof of the quality they are producing.
CGC = Canine Good Citizen
CD = Companion Dog, the basic obedience title through AKC.
CDX = Companion Dog Excellent
TT = Temperament Tested (typically for therapy dog)
RN=Rally Novice. A course of many stations, each with instructions you must complete before continuing. Must get a score of at least 70 to
qualify and three qualifying scores to title.
RA = Rally Advanced. Similar to Rally Novice except the exercises are more intricate, off leash, there's a jump, and there are more stations.
RE= Rally Excellent. Similar to Rally Advanced except the exercises are more intricate yet, there are two jumps, more stations, and an honor dog
RAE=Rally Advanced Excellent. Sort of like a Rally Champion. Must get a qualifying score in BOTH Advanced and Excellent at 10 different trials.
IDWP 1, IDWP2, IDWP3=These are offered by Iron Dog for weight pulling. They are based on the body percentage pulled (18x, 25x, 30x)
IDWPCH, IDWPGRCH, IDWPSUPREME=These are weight pulling Championships offered by Iron Dog. These are based on points earned
through competition wins, as well as earning a number of the top award (Most Weight Pulled or Most Weight Per Pound)
|What is a title, really?
by Sandy Mowery
Not just a brag, Not just a stepping stone to a higher title, Not just an adjunct to competitive scores.
A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor that dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and
in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.
And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that this achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the
world of humans, where such things count.
A Title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the
things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
And a Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog, and that you
believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed (or you did), and that in the end your faith was
A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable
creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving
friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.
A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently.