Dog Show Glossary

Terms and acronyms related to Rottweilers, dog shows, show dogs and showing dogs.

  • AB — Can mean either All Breed or Absent depending on its context.
  • AKC — The American Kennel Club operates the world’s largest pure-bred dog registry. It approves and regulates over dog events to promote responsible dog ownership, integrity in breeding, and the health, ownership and sport of purebred dogs.
  • BIS — Best in Show. At each AKC show, the winning dogs from each Group compete for Best in Show.
  • BISS — Best in Specialty Show. At each specialty show, the winning dog is denoted BISS.
  • Bitch — A female canine.
  • Croup — The croup is the region around the pelvic area (rump). It is a term referring to the area of the topline from the hip to the tail base.
  • CERF — The Canine Eye Registry Foundation works to eliminate the heritable eye diseases in purebred dogs.
  • Champion (Ch.) — A conformation title given a dog by AKC as a result of defeating a specified number of dogs at a series of AKC shows.
  • Dog — A male canine.
  • Dysplasia — A genetic disease of the hips and/or elbows that causes development of arthritis leading to pain and lameness of affected joints.
  • Group — AKC classify recognized breeds of dogs into 7 Groups. Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding
  • OFA — The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is a not-for-profit organization with a mission statement: “To improve the health and well being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.” The OFA maintains a database of genetic diseases of animals.
  • Stop — The stop is the part of the head where there is a step up from the muzzle to the back skull. It encompasses the indentation between the eyes.
  • Top line — The outline of the dog from ears to tail root. This term is often misused to mean the backline. The backline is the outline from the end of the withers to the tail root.
  • WD/B — Winners Dog /Bitch; The Dog and Bitch that win the championship points at an AKC show. Only one dog and one bitch at each show win points for each breed.
  • RWD/B — Reserve Winners Dog (or Bitch)

Titles Appearing Before a Dog’s Name

  • Ch — Champion
  • BIS — Best in Show (all breed)
  • BISS — Best in Specialty Show
  • Select — Awarded to the judge’s final few selected for consideration for Best of Breed. ONLY at the American Rottweiler Club’s National Specialty Show.
  • AOM — Award of Merit is awarded to the judge’s final few selected for consideration for Best of Breed at Specialty Shows that are not the National Specialty.

Titles Appearing After a Dog’s Name

Oggie watching the UD ring

  • CD — Companion Dog
  • CDX — Companion Dog Excellent
  • UD — Utility Dog
  • UDX — Utility Dog Excellent
  • HT — Herding Tested
  • HPT — Pre-Trial Tested (herding)
  • TD — Tracking Dog
  • TDX — Tracking Dog Excellent
  • NA — Novice Agility
  • NAJ — Novice Agility Jumper
  • OA — Open Agility
  • OAJ — Open Agility Jumper
  • AX — Agility Excellent
  • AXJ — Agility Excellent Jumper
  • VCD1 — Versatile Companion Dog 1
  • VCD2 — Versatile Companion Dog 2
  • UCD — United Kennel Club’s Companion Dog