Titles and What They Mean


BIS - Best in Show: Best Dog/Bitch at an all-breed show.

BISS - Best in Specialty Show:Best Dog/Bitch at a show where only Rottweilers compete.

BOB - Best of Breed:Best Rottweiler (dog or bitch) at an all-breed show.

BOW - Best of Winners : Best between WD & WB

CERF :  Canine Eye Registry Foundation; Canine ophthalmologists  test and certify eyes against genetic diseases; retesting done annually.

Ch . - Champion:  Won 15 points (including at least two "major" wins) under three different judges. Relating to beauty, conformation (structure and movement), showmanship and breed type.

CD - Companion Dog: Primary obedience degree earned from the Novice class.

CDX - Companion Dog Excellent: Secondary Obedience Degree earned from the Open Class.

CGC - Canine Good Citizen: Very simple test of a dogs deportment, manners and temperament.

HIC : Herding Instinct Certified

HIT : Herding Instinct Tested

" Major ": Refers to 3, 4 or 5 point shows. Points are computed by AKC statistically and geographically.

OFA : Orthopedic Foundation for Animals; canine radiologists rate and certify x-rays of hips and elbows after the age of 24 months. A basic requirement prior to mating.

OTCH - Obedience Trial Champion: Highest level obedience achieved.

RTD : Registered Therapy Dog

RWD / B : Reserve Winners Dog (or Bitch)

Select : Awarded ONLY at the American Rottweiler Club's National Specialty, to the judge's final few selected for consideration for Best of Breed.

UD - Utility Dog: Third level obedience degree earned from the Utility class.

TD - Tracking Degree: First level degree for test of a dog's scenting and tracking ability.

TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent: Advanced tracking ability degree.

TT : Temperament Tested - awarded by ATTS (American Temperament Test Society.

WD/B : Winners Dog (or Bitch); Dog and Bitch that win the championship points at an AKC show.

Foreign (German) Terms

ABST: Advanced Breed Suitability Test

AD: 12.5 mile endurance test

A.D.R.K. : The Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Club. The only German club recognized by the AKC and the FCI; maintains the studbook for Rottweilers only.

Alters Klasse: Dogs over 24 months, separated according to sex. No training degree necessary.

BBT:  Basic Breed Test

BH : Traffic Safety title - includes on and off leash obedience as well as temperament test.

BJS:  Bundes Youth Sieger/Siegerin ( Germany )

BS-Bundessieger and Bundessiegerin : Championship titles given to the male and female winner at the one Bundessieger show designated for each year for the whole Federal Republic of Germany. There is only one BS show each year.

BST : Breeding Suitability Test

C.A.C.- Certificate to become National Champion in a FCI recognized country

CACIB -Certificate d'Aptitude au Champion at International de Beaute" When a judge issues a CACIB card to a dog he expresses the opinion that this particular animal seems worthy to him to obtain the International Championship title. He certifies, in other words, the suitability (aptitude) of the dog for this title. The CACIB is awarded at selected International shows which have been approved by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale), which is headquartered in Brussels.

DM: Deutsch Meister (German Working Champion)

Einfachzucht Breeding: One parent has a schutzhund title

ES/EJS: Europasieger/Siegerin (Europe) Europa Youth Sieger/Siegerin (Europe)

FCI : The Federation Cynologique Internationale

FH I: Tracking title

FH II: Advanced tracking title

G - Gut: Good - a rating given at conformation shows.

Gebrauchshundzucht Breeding: Both parents have schutzhund titles

GN - Genugend: Satisfactory rating.

Gebrauchshund Klasse: Open or working class, dogs 24 months or over with a training degree. Classes are separated according to sex.

Gekort : Qualified to breed for a term of two years.

Gekort bis EzA: Qualified to breed for lifetime (dogs from 2 to 9 years, bitches from 2 to 8 years.)

HD/A, HD-Frei, HD/0, OFA Excellent, ED/0, ED-Frei :  Various Countries Hip/Elbow Ratings equaling Excellent

HD/B, HD +/-, HD-TC, HD/1, OFA Good, ED +/- : Various Countries Hip/Elbow Ratings equaling Good

HD/C, HD+, HD/2, OFA Fair, ED+: Various Countries Hip/Elbow Ratings equaling Fair

IFR: International Friends of Rottweilers

International Champion : A title awarded by the FCI after the dog has won two CACIBs, in two different countries, under two different judges. One of the CACIB cards must have been won either in the country of the owner, or in the country where the breed originated (Germany for Rottweilers). The second requirement is that the dog must have participated in a recognized trial in his country with at least 5 dogs taking part, and this trial must include a temperament test, obedience, a tracking test and examination for the absence of gunshyness.

IPO : International Police Dog title.

Junghend Klasse: Dogs 12 to 18 months, separated according to sex. No training degree necessary.

Junghund Klasse : Dogs 18 to 24 months, separated according to sex. No training degree necessary.

Klubsg. - Klubsieger and Klubsiegerin, KS, KJS: Male and female winners at the ADRK Klubsieger show each year. Compares to an 'independent specialty' here, and now tends to attract a larger entry than the BS show.

Koerzucht Breeding: Both parents have schutzhund titles and korungs; but at least one of the grandparents does not have a schutzhund title

Koer-und Leistungszucht Breeding: Both parents have schutzhund titles and korungs; all 4 grandparents have schutzhund titles

Korung: Advanced Breeding Test-incorporates working, conformation and producing ability.

Leistungszucht Breeding: Both parents and all 4 grandparents have schutzhund titles

LS-Leistungssieger : A championship title given to the highest scoring dog in the obedience or working trial championship competition.

LSg-Landesieger: A championship title designated for the winner of the ADRK Landesseiger show put on in the various "states" in Germany, such as Westphalia, Wurtenburg, etc. There are as many LS titles as there are "states".

LSgn-Landesiegerin: A championship title designated for the female winner; same as above.

Lebenzeit Angekort: Lifetime certificate for breeding.

M - Mangelhaft: Faulty rating.

NS: National Club Sieger/Siegerin

VPGI/SchHI/IPOI: Beginning schutzhund title

VPGII/SchHII/IPOII: Intermediate schutzhund title

VPGIII/SchHIII/IPOIII: Advanced schutzhund title

Schutzhund: Schutzhund (German for "protection dog") tests dogs of all breeds for the traits necessary for police-type work.

SG - Sehr Gut : Very good - a rating given at conformation shows

Sieger: Male Champion

Siegerin: Female Champion

USRC: United States Rottweiler Club

VDH- Verband fur das Deutsche Hundewesen (German kennel club)

VDH CH:  German Champion

Vorzuglich - "V": Excellent - a rating given at conformation shows.

WH : Watchdog title

WS (aka Sg/WA), WS, WJS: World Sieger/Siegerin, World Youth Sieger/Siegerin, Winner at a show designated as a World Championship show. In German publications, the name of the town where the show was held is given, as "Sg/WS Dortmund.

ZtPR: Breeding Suitability Test incorporating hip rating, conformation and basic working ability.

The Zuchttauglichkeitsprufung (Ztp) and Breed Suitability Test (BST) are an evaluation of a dog's temperament, character and working ability. They are designed to select those Rottweilers that are worthy of being bred. The dog's conformation must be judged of breeding quality and free of disqualifying faults. The dog must have a valid hip certification number and have a tattoo for identification. Once the conformation and soundness qualifications have been met, the dog's temperament is tested. This test includes a gun sureness test, a protection test, and a test to insure that the dog is stable around the public. These tests are vital to maintain the Rottweiler in type and temperament.

The Gekort (also known as Korung) and ABST are advanced breed tests. In addition to the requirements of the Ztp and BST, they require a SchH III, IPO III or VPG III title for a male and a SchH I, IPO I or VPG I title for a female. The minimum age is 36 months for males and 30 months for females. In addition, they require three show critiques with a SG rating or better, HD/ED certificates and an AD title.  After this title is achieved, the dog must wait 2 years before it can attempt a lifetime breeding test (Gekort bis EzA/LBST).