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In animal husbandry and animal fancy, animals can compete in various shows and sports for titles signifying excellence. These titles vary depending on the species of the animal, the kind of show, and the country the event is held in.



Conformation Shows

Dogs competing in conformation shows are eligible to win two titles. The first is best of breed, which signifies that a given animal is the best of its breed at the show. These best of breed winners then compete to win best in show. Animals that win enough best of breeds and best of shows are called Champions, and their show names are prefixed with Ch., such as Ch. Warren Remedy.

Dog Sports

Dogs competing in a variety of dog sports are eligible to earn a number of titles. Often the first, or basic tile, signifies that a given animal has displayed a competent level and capable of proceeding in a given discipline. The next title is often incremented by class, level or a Champion, proceeded by a Grand Champion title, in that particular activity. [1] The dog's registered names is then appended or prefixed with the title earned. This varies with the registry or sanctioning body that the title was awarded under. Both prefixed and appended titles are represented in Morghem's .500 Nitro Express's fully titled name CA [1] UWP [1] URO1 [1] CH [1] USJ [1] 'PR' Morghem's .500 Nitro Express CGC [2] TT.

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Rat Terrier Dog breed

The Rat Terrier is an American dog breed with a background as a farm dog and hunting companion. They share much ancestry with the small hunting dogs known as feists. Common throughout family farms in the 1920s and 1930s, they are now recognized by the United and American Kennel Clubs and are considered a rare breed. Today's Rat Terrier is an intelligent and active small dog that is kept both for pest control and as a family pet.

United Kennel Club

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A breed registry, also known as a herdbook, studbook or register, in animal husbandry and the hobby of animal fancy, is an official list of animals within a specific breed whose parents are known. Animals are usually registered by their breeders while they are young. The terms studbook and register are also used to refer to lists of male animals "standing at stud", that is, those animals actively breeding, as opposed to every known specimen of that breed. Such registries usually issue certificates for each recorded animal, called a pedigree, pedigreed animal documentation, or most commonly, an animal's "papers". Registration papers may consist of a simple certificate or a listing of ancestors in the animal's background, sometimes with a chart showing the lineage.

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Championship (dog)

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<i>National Dog Show</i> Major televised annual dog show in Philadelphia, PA USA

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Ch. Salilyn's Condor also known as Robert, was an English Springer Spaniel, best known for being Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Feb. 1993. He was the first Westminster winner to sire another, when his daughter Ch. Salilyn 'N Erin's Shameless won Best in Show in 2000.

Rancho Dobes Storm

Ch. Rancho Dobe's Storm also known as Storm or Stormie, a Doberman Pinscher, best known for being Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in both 1952 and 1953. He was the grandson of the 1939 champion, Ferry v. Rauhfelsen of Giralda. Born in California, he was sold to his New York-based owner Len Carey at the age of three months. At the age of sixteen months he won Best of Breed at his first adult dog show, something he would repeat in all 25 of the shows he was entered into, becoming undefeated in breed competition.

Morghem's .500 Nitro Express known as Frank's Khing at owner/call name registered events, is a UKC registered male American Pit Bull Terrier. Who competes in dog sports and conformation shows earning titles in Dock Jump, Lure Course, Show Champion, Rally Obedience and Weight Pull. Khing has been awarded the AKC Canine Good Citizen and USTTA temperament tested certifications.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "What titles can you earn at UKC?". United Kennel Club . Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  2. "CGC As a Title". American Kennel Club . Retrieved 13 February 2015.