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Retriever Titles Explained

Retriever Titles Explained

Over the years, I have received feedback from customers letting me know that they don't fully understand all of the titles associated with AKC or UKC pedigrees. When reviewing our dog's pedigrees, you will notice that we carefully select some of the country's best bloodlines for our breedings. 

American Kennel Club (Field Trials)

Field trials are different from hunt tests; the dogs will compete against each other.

(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place & JAMs placements awarded.)

There are two categories of Field Trials: OPEN & AMATEUR

Open Titles

NFC – National Field Champion

FC – Field Champion

Amateur Titles

NAFC – National Amateur Field Champion

AFC – Amateur Field Champion

Non-Titles (seen at the end of names)

QAA or QA2 – Qualified All-Age – dog has passed enough qualifying and has the points to compete in the Open or Amateur field trials

American Kennel Club (Hunt Tests)

MNH – Master National Hunter — must pass the Master National 3 times to earn the title. If a number follows the title (MNH4 or MNH5), that particular dog passed the Nationals, the number indicated many times.

MH – Master Hunter — Top Level AKC title

SH — Senior Hunter — Intermediate Level Hunt Test

JH — Junior Hunter — Entry Level Hunt test

Note: Some dogs may have the title MNR, which is also a significant accomplishment. The Master National Retriever Club awards it to dogs that have passed the Master National 2 times.


United Kennel Club / Hunting Retriever Club (Hunt Tests)

UKC has a points-based system. Along with specific levels of tests. You will notice within our website dogs with "Honorable 500 point Club", an example of the UKC point system.

HOF-Hall of Fame  4 Grand Hunt Passes & 1000 Championship Points

GRHRCH – Grand Hunting Retriever Champion — Top Level UKC/HRC title

HRCH – Hunting Retriever Champion — Finished Level Hunt test

HR — Hunting Retriever — Seasoned Level Hunt Test

SHR — Started Hunting Retriever — Started Level Hunt test

UH — Upland Hunting Retriever

Canadian & British Field Trial Titles

CNFC – Canadian National Field Champion

CFC – Canadian Field Champion

FTCH – Field Trial Champion (United Kingdom title)


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