BITCH IS NOT A DIRTY WORD!
LEARNING THE LINGO
Dog shows have their own unique vocabulary, just like tennis or golf
or horses, or any of the other special interests we pursue in our spare
time. A bitch is a female canine; a dog is a male.
All-Breed Show - Show given by an all-breed kennel club.
Articles - Cotton gloves and metal objects (often dumbells) which are used in the scent discrimination exercises in utility level
Benched show - Show where all the dogs entered are assigned space in a given area on the "benching" and are required to stay there for the day,
so that spectators can find
an example of the breed any time during the day, not just at the breed's scheduled ring time. Benched shows have become
Brace - Brace competition, two dogs of the same breed are shown at one time by one handler; this pair is judged on overall
quality as well as similarity to each other.
Big Rigs and Little Rigs
Campaign - A dog which is a champion, which is being shown at the Best of Breed and Group level is called a 'special'; he is being 'specialed'.
A dog being 'heavily specialed' is being 'campaigned'.
Chipped - Microchipped; bionic dogs identified with an electronic id chip.
CGC - Canine Good Citizen; a certificate and title given to dogs who pass minimal standards for "good behavior".
Choke - Kind of collar; tension tightens the collar so the dog
cannot back out and get loose; may be metal or nylon
Closing date - the date after which entries for a show will no longer be accepted. Usually 3 weeks before the show date; in 'limited' entry
shows - usually due to space at the show site - shows may close earlier, once the 'limit' of entries is reached. Limited shows should be
Crate - cage
Ex - not a former spouse; short for exercise, a euphemism for
taking the dog out to perform its eliminatory functions
Finish - in obedience, a command which sends the dog to sit at
the exhibitor's side; otherwise, to finish a Championship or other
title. "Is he finished?"
Flexi - a popular type of spring loaded leash for exercising
Greyhound - A breed of dog and a kind of metal comb
Handler - person who shows dogs for other people; professional
handler. May also board, train and groom their charges, or may pick the
dog up at the ringside from the owner.
Junior - Junior handler; competitive classes in different age divisions are offered for young people who
are judged on their handling skills, not on their dog.
Futurity - Another non-regular set of classes (similar to sweepstakes) which do not contribute to point totals or make a dog
eligible for the 'winners' class. For futurities, the mother of a litter is nominated and a fee paid before she whelps a litter, the litter
is entered in it's first 6 months of life, and individuals are entered at the normal time for show entries; builds up a sum of money - virtually
the only way in dogs that money can occasionally be won!
Martingale - type of show lead.
Owner-handler - The actual owner of the dog is the person taking him in the ring and presenting him to the judge, rather than a professional
handler; breeder-owner-handler means that this person also bred the dog, didn't simply purchase it. A mark of presteige if the dog wins
impressively, in that he did it without the benefit of a 'professional handler', e.g. he did it on his own. However, it is definitely the case
that many owner-handlers are just as skilled as the best professional handlers.
Pin Brush - type of brush with straight wire teeth.
Pooper Scooper - Either the self-explanatory item of equipment
or the person wielding it!
Resco - type of show lead, manufactured of strip of Naugahide.
Rig - anything from a mini-van with the seats out to a high top
van with roof air, awning and crate Benching, to Greyhound Bus size motor
Ringsiding - Delivering your dog to a professional handler
just before going into the ring. The handler does not board, groom, train,
or carry this dog in their 'rig'.
Slicker - type of brush with short bent wire teeth.
Snood - an elasticised cylinder of cloth, slips over the head
of cockers, afghans, etc. to keep their ears out of food and water; often
a fashion statement.
Special - Champion of Record, being shown at the Best of Breed,
Group, BIS level
Specialty - Show given for just one breed sponsored by a "breed
Standard - the description of a breed which enables breeders
and judges to evaluate the quality of an individual dog; AKC Breed Standard.
Stripper - blade for plucking the coat (terriers)
Sweepstakes - special classes held in conjunction with Specialty
shows and some others, for 6 to 18 month old puppies and young adults;
not a regular class, does not have a "winners" class, no points
are awarded for competition.
Tack box- Whatever you carry all your grooming gear in
Water Hole - water bowl designed to keep ears and whiskers dry
Wheels - a flat, wheeled dolly, made to transport crates, grooming
tables and other gear in from your car.
High Strung Show Dogs (!) Hanging Out At The
X- Pen - not related to X-Files; wire panels joined to make a
light weight, moveable enclosure about 4' by 4' and of varying height.
Allows dogs crated for a period of time to get out and stretch their legs
without a lead on.
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Classes - those categories in conformation showing which dogs
which are not Champions enter
Puppy - 6 months to 1 year of age
Novice - a dog which has not won points at a dog show
12 - 18 Months - a class which is not always available, usually
available at Specialty shows, check premium list
Bred By Exhibitor - owned and handled by the breeder
American Bred - born in the United States
Open - any dog eligible to show under AKC rules
Veteran - a non - regular class, available if stated in premium
list, usually at specialty shows; age varies with breed, often 7 years
CH - Champion of Record - a dog which has earned an AKC championship
DC - Dual Champion (FC and CH)
TC - Triple Champion (CH, FC, OTCH)
Conformation- competition in structure to determine soundness
and degree to which the dog conforms to the Breed Standard. No rigorous
training required, basically good manners and a few special tricks of the
trade to help the dog move at his best and stand looking his best.
CD - Companion Dog, the lowest obedience competition title. Includes sitting, heeling, lying down, come, stay, stand exercises.
CDX - the intermediate obedience title, Companion Dog Excellent; includes the former plus jumping over hurdles and broad jumps, and retrieving over jumps.
UD - Utility Dog, highest level of obedience, including all of the former and scent
discrimination. Good training for drug sniffing and search and rescue dogs.(See "Articles")
UDX - Utility Dog Excellent
OTCH- Obedience Trial Champion
TD- Tracking Dog, title involving scent discrimination in the
field, i.e. outdoors over a distance
TDX - Tracking Dog Excellent
VST - Variable Surface Tracker, good training for drug sniffers and search and rescue dogs.
Obedience- competition involving heeling, commands such as "come",
"sit", "stay", "down", jumping over hurdles,
finding an article scented by the handler, and much more. May be easily
mastered in steps of increasing difficulty, without special equipment or unreasonable time involvement. Many
levels, may be enjoyed for years.
FIELD - SPORTING
FC - Field Champion; Field Trial (sporting) or Lure Coursing
AFC - Amateur Field Champion; dog has won a trial handled by
NAFC - National Field Champion; dog has won a trial in competition
with both amateur and professional handlers
JH - Junior Hunter; 4 qualifying legs at the begining level
SH - Senior Hunter; more qualifying legs at the intermetiate
MH - Master Hunter; qualifying legs at the highest level of difficulty
Hunting- Dogs are tested on retrieving, pointing, flushing, quartering
and general steadiness, involving the sound of a starter's pistol and retrieving
on land and in water. Different breeds - setters, pointers, retrievers,
etc. specialize in one or more of the above skills. Months or years of
training. A very large time commitment.
FIELD - HERDING
(Non trial level designations)
HT - Herding Tested; involves the dog's ability to move sheep and change their direction, while being responsive to
the handlers control.
PT - Pre-Trial Tested
(Trial level designations)
HS - Herding Started- ability to gather and move sheep through gates and chutes, handler working close to dog.
HI - Herding Intermediate - the above at a somewhat higher level, with part of the course being run with the handler at
a moderate distance from the dog.
HX - Herding excellent - the dog works well away from the handler at all times.
Herding - dogs are tested on instinct and training; ability to
gather, contain and drive sheep. Months to years of training working with
sheep. Travel usually required just for sheep access and training.
FIELD - COURSING (Hounds)
JC - Junior Courser
SC - Senior Courser
NA - Novice Agility
OA - Open Agility
AX - Agility Excellent
MX - Master Agility
Agility - tests a dogs physical ability and speed going over
a course with elevated walks, A-frames, teeter toters, tunnels, jumps,
and more. The canine version of the US Marine obstacle course! Loads of
fun for man and dog. A great way to introduce young dogs to obedience; control and responsiveness to commands and attention to
detail, control training balanced by great fun with the obstacles. My personal favorite type of field/obedience activity.
JUNIOR EARTHDOG (Terriers - Go-To-Ground )
JE - Junior Earthdog
SE - Senior Earthdog
ME - Master Earthdog
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