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Agility Titles and Abbreviations

Titles and abbreviations for 3 dog agility organizations: The American Kennel Club, United States Dog Agility Association and North American Dog Agility Association.

American Kennel Club (AKC)

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Master Agility Champion Title - MACH

To obtain MACH title, a dog must exhibit superior performance on the Agility course. Speed and consistency are the two major qualities denoting "superior performance" and therefore they are the basis for the MASTER AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP program.


In order to acquire the MACH title, a dog must achieve a minimum of 750 championship points and 20 double qualifying scores obtained from the Excellent B Standard Agility class and the Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class.

Championship Points (CP's) ~ 750 CP's required minimum
1 point (CP) is awarded for each full second under standard course time. For Examaple: If the dog ran a course in 55 seconds and the Standard Course Time was 60 seconds... the dog would receive 5 points.
Dogs earn points from the Ex B Agility Class and/or the Ex B Jumpers With Weaves Class.

Double Qualify (2Q's) ~ 20 (2Q's) required minimum
Qualifying in both the Excellent B Agility Class and the Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves Class
on the same day equals 1 (2Q). The dog must qualify in both classes on the same day 20 times.

United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)

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Versatility Certification Titles & Awards

 

In order to measure the depth of a competitor’s accomplishments or “versatility”, a title certificate is also awarded to recognize a competitor’s collective achievements with a dog in a variety of classes within each level. The versatility titles listed in the table below are awarded at each level upon earning three qualifying scores in the Standard class, being earned under a minimum of two different judges, and one qualifying score in each nonstandard class—Gamblers, Jumpers, Relay and Snooker—with such nonstandard class qualifying scores being earned under a minimum of two different judges, one of which must be different from two of the judges under which the Standard class qualifying scores were earned. The following table presents the requirements for the versatility title at each level.

 

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Agility Dog Champion - ADCH

To obtain ADCH title, a dog must exhibit superior performance on the Agility course. Speed and consistency are the two major qualities denoting "superior performance" and therefore they are the basis for the CHAMPIONSHIP program.


In order to acquire the ADCH title, a dog must achieve master level titles in all 5 classes: Standard, Gamblers, Jumpers, Relay and Snooker. You also must earn 5 qualifying legs in Tournaments with at least 1 qualifying leg being in all 3 classes: Grand Prix, Steeplechase and Three-Dog Team.

North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC)

NADAC titles are earned by winning points. Ten (10) points for each clean, non-faulted run under the Standard Course time (qualifying run); Five (5) points for a Regular run with five or fewer faults (either course faults or time faults) It is possible for dogs to earn “bonus points” for performance with distance and flow while working a course. Please refer to the Section “Bonus runs” towards the end of the rulebook. Points earned are class and level specific. Thus, they determine the titles and awards that the dog is eligible to receive. Points are also used to determine a dog’s eligibility to enter the NADAC Championships, and in which division and class they may enter.

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In each class type you can earn subsequent titles. An Outstanding Performance title can be earned with 60-points in Intro, Novice, or Open and with 100-points in Elite. A Superior Performance title can be earned with 100-points in either Intro, Novice, or Open and with 200-points in Elite. Outstanding Performance and Superior Performance titles are not required titles to move to the next level.

NADAC Agility Trial Champion - NATCH

To obtain NATCH title, a dog must achieve 230 points in Elite Regular, 130 points in Elite Chances and 130 points in Elite Jumpers.