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GRCA Titles

GRCA offers several forms of recognition for Golden Retrievers with exceptional accomplishments. Goldens meeting these requirements are recognized in the Golden Retriever News and GRCA Yearbook.

OUTSTANDING SIRE/DAM

Mission Statement:

The future of the Golden Retriever rests with the sires and dams that produce each successive generation. In recognition of their contributions to the breed, the Golden Retriever Club of America awards the titles of Outstanding Sire (OS) and Outstanding Dam (OD) to Golden Retrievers whose offspring reflect the breed’s character and purpose. This degree of excellence is evidenced by the earned AKC and GRCA titles of these offspring. Those Goldens whose offspring earn the required number of points (as determined by the GRCA) through these earned titles will be awarded the title of Outanding Sire (OS) and Outstanding Dam (OD).

Requirements:

Requirements for the GRCA OUTSTANDING SIRE (OS):

  1. A sire must produce at least five qualifying progeny.
  2. The five qualifying progeny must earn a combined total of 48 points. Points are based on AKC and GRCA titles earned as described below.
  3. At least three of the five qualifying progeny must each have a minimum of a seven point or higher AKC/GRCA title.
  4. Two of the five required progeny MAY have a combination of a six point title and a five point title or two six point titles.
  5. Points are not cumulative within a category and only the highest achievement earned in each category is recognized.
  6. Additional points may be earned by qualifying progeny. All titles below the five point level will only count towards the OS if earned by already qualified progeny. Should the titles of the five qualifying progeny not total 48 points, then additional points (including those titles worth less than five points) may be counted for those dogs already recognized as qualifying progeny by the point value of other titles earned.
  7. If major or minor championship points are to be used to qualify an OS or OD, the burden of proof lies with the owner of the OS or OD. GRCA will not track the accumulation of points, only titles.
  8. Any progeny with either an FC or AFC will count as two qualifying progeny towards the OS designation.

Requirements for the GRCA OUTSTANDING DAM (OD):

  1. A dam must produce at least three qualifying progeny.
  2. The three qualifying progeny must earn a combined total of 32 points. Points are based on AKC and GRCA titles earned as described below.
  3. At least two of the three qualifying progeny must each have a minimum of a seven point or higher AKC/GRCA title.
  4. One of the three required progeny MAY have a combination of a six point title and a five point title or two six point titles.
  5. Points are not cumulative within a category and only the highest achievement earned in each category is recognized.
  6. Additional points may be earned by qualifying progeny. All titles below the five point level will only count towards the OD if earned by already qualified progeny. Should the titles of the three qualifying progeny not total 32 points, then additional points (including those titles worth less than five points) may be counted for those dogs already recognized as qualifying progeny by the point value of other titles earned.
  7. If major or minor championship points are to be used to qualify an OS or OD, the burden of proof lies with the owner of the OS or OD. GRCA will not track the accumulation of points, only titles.
  8. Any progeny with either an FC or AFC will count as two qualifying progeny towards the OD designation.

GRCA Show Dog of Hall of Fame

Any Golden Retriever who earns 25 or more points based on the following schedule will be entered in the GRCA Show Dog Hall of Fame.

Best in Show

(plus 5 pt for Group 1st)

10

Reserve Best in Show

(plus 5 pt for Group 1st)

7.5

Sporting Group 1st

5

Sporting Group 2nd

3

Sporting Group 3rd

1

Sporting Group 4th

½

National Specialty Best of Breed

5

Regional Specialty Best of Breed*

3

Independent Specialty Best of Breed*

1

* not held in conjunction with an all-breed show

GRCA Field Dog of Hall of Fame

Any Golden Retriever that accumulates a total of 25 or more points based on his or her performance in Licensed Field Trials will automatically be honored in the GRCA Field Dog Hall of Fame. Any Golden Retriever that wins the National Field Trial or National Amateur Field Trial will also be included.

GRCA Obedience Dog of Hall of Fame

Any Golden Retriever with a Utility Dog title that has accumulated five (5) Highest Scoring Dogs in Trial, of which no more than two have come from Novice class, will be entered into the GRCA Obedience Dog Hall of Fame.

GRCA Agility Dog Hall of Fame

The Agility Dog Hall of Fame (ADHF) was created to recognize those Golden Retrievers who display superior achievement in the sport of dog agility. The criteria for earning the ADHF title is as follows:

  1. Dog has both MX and MXJ titles.
  2. Dog has 10 Double Qs.
  3. Dog has 375 MACH points.
  4. Dog has earned 15 placements (a placement being any place 1st – 4th) of which at least five come from the Excellent B Standard class and five from the Excellent B Jumpers with Weaves class. In addition, six of the 15 placements must be earned on Double Q runs (dog must place in both the Excellent B Standard class and the Excellent B Jumpers with Weaves class at the same trial on the same day, three times). Placements are counted in Excellent B Standard from the time the dog has its AX, and in Excellent B Jumpers with Weaves from the time the dog has its AXJ. Double Q placements are counted from the time the dog has both its AX and AXJ titles.
  5. ADHF certificates and acknowledgement in the GRNews will be given to GRCA members only.

The ADHF was established by Resolution 01-44, and amended by Resolution 01-50 (July 2001).

GRCA Versatility Certificate (VC) and
Versatility Excellent Certificate (VCX)

GRCA VC/VCX Program - Revised March, 2006 (Effective to January 1, 2006)

Mission Statement:

The Golden Retriever Club of America holds in highest esteem the versatility of those Golden Retrievers who reflect both the conformation and working attributes of the breed. The Versatility Certificate (VC) and Versatility Excellent Certificate (VCX) are awarded to those Golden Retrievers who exemplify that degree of versatility through a combination of accomplishments in each of the following areas : Conformation, Field and Performance.

Requirements for the Versatility Certificate (VC) and Versatility Excellent Certificate (VCX)

  1. Versatility Certificate s and Versatility Excellent Certificates are awarded only when applied for and accompanied by supporting documentation (see VC/VCX Application).
  2. Versatility points are awarded for the highest achievements in each area: Conformation, Field and Performance.
  3. There are a total of six different categories within the three areas. The conformation area includes accomplishments in the Breed ring or CCA tests. The Performance area is comprised of titles in the Obedience (including Rally), Agility and Tracking categories. The Field area consists of both Hunt Tests and Field Trial accomplishments.
  4. The dog must have at least 1 point in each area: Conformation, Field and Performance.
  5. A total of 12 points must be acquired from within the six categories for a Versatility Certificate (VC). The Versatility Excellent Certificate (VCX) requires a total of 20 points from within the categories.
  6. Points within a category are not cumulative (Only the highest point title is recognized).

Schedule of AKC/GRCA Title Points for VC/VCX and OS/ODs

Points

Conformation Area

Performance Area

Field Area

Obedience

Agility

Tracking

Noncompetitive

Competitive

14

 

 

 

 

 

FDHF

12

 

 

 

 

 

FC or AFC

11

SDHF

OTCH/
ODHF

MACH/
ADHF

CT

 

***

10

GCH 

UDX

 

VST

MH

 

9

CH

 

MX or MXJ

 

 

 

8

 

UD

MXP or MJP

TDX

 

**

7

 

 

AX or AXJ

 

SH

 

6

 

CDX

AXP or AJP

 

 

 

5

 

 

OA or OAJ

 

WCX

 

4

Major points

CD

OAP or OJP

TD

JH

 

3

 

RAE

NA or NAJ

 

WC

 

2

Minor points

RA or RE

NAP or NJP

 

 

 

1

CCA

RN

 

 

 

 

Points are not cumulative within a category. Only the highest point title is recognized. (per Resolutions 99-14 and NS 98-50)

DUAL DOG HALL OF FAME

Golden Retrievers who earn any one of the following combinations of requirements will be entered into the GRCA Dual Dog Hall of Fame:

  • Bench Champion and Master Hunter on the same dog
  • Major conformation points and Qualified All-Age (***) on the same dog
  • Major conformation points and ** (placement in a licensed field trial) on the same dog

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