Many people list a dogs titles. Below are some descriptions to let you know what they mean. If your dog has a NAHRA or UKC title, it will not show up on the AKC registration.
AKC Field Trials
These are not pass/fail competitions. Only the top 4 finishers get points. These are the dogs to look for in your pedigree! Less than 1% of dogs get their FC/AFC. A dog at a field trial event can be expected to do a 300 yard retrieve. While these are not the same as real hunting situations, they demonstrate complete mastery of the retrieve.
NFC = National Field Champion : This title is awarded once yearly to the dog that wins the National Open. It is the most coveted of all retriever field titles.
NAFC = National Amateur Field Champion : This title is awarded once yearly to the dog that wins the National Amateur. This competition is much like the National Open except that all handlers are amateurs.
FC = Field Champion : This title is awarded to dogs that have won first place at a licensed field trial and have acquired 5 additional points.
AFC = Amateur Field Champion : This title is earned as above (FC) when handled by an amateur or by winning an Amateur stake at a field trial and acquiring 10 additional Amateur points.
QAA = Qualified All Age. You will see this often. It is an unofficial title title, but does not show up on registration. QAA is commonly viewed as the stepping-stone between derbies and all age events, although some say it is a pronouncement that the dog is now proficient enough to be competitive in all-age events. The qualifying is one event where you can see the greatest variability in the difficulty of each series. There is typically a set of land marks, a land blind, water blind and water marks. The designation of QAA means that you can run a Limited or Special all age stake.
AKC Hunt Tests
Hunt Tests are non-Competitive tests in which the dog (and handler) is measured against a standard. If the dog (and handler) meet the standard, a "pass" is earned. These tests are designed to resemble actual hunting situations. Each organization has different requirements yet is equally difficult and resembles different hunting scenarios. Hunt Tests are the most popular field events. Retrieves in hunt tests are typically around 100 yards.
JH = Junior Hunter : This is an AKC title that is earned by receiving 4 passes at the Junior level in a licensed Hunt Test. This is the beginning level in the AKC Hunt Test program. For a single pass a dog must complete two water retrieves and two land retrieves and deliver tthe bird to the handlers hand. The dog is supposed to show restraint at the line and not go charging out until given the command. While this may seem basic, the following are just a few scenarious in which a dog will be disqualified: Biting down on the bird, not delivering to hand, breaking without having their name called, not finding a bird, excessive whining, barking, taking too long on a retrieve, not heeling, not sitting. Most hunters are quite happy with a dog capable of achieving a JH.
SH = Senior Hunter : This is an AKC title that is earned by receiving 5 passes (4 with a JH title) at the Senior level in a licensed Hunt Test. This is the level at which most hunting retrievers run. Retrieves are similar to that of the Junior test, with the addition of a blind retrieves, doubles, and an honor (not charging out when a different dogs name is called).
MH = Master Hunter : This is an AKC title that is earned by receiving 6 passes (5 with a SH title) at the Master level in a licensed Hunt Test. This is the highest possible Hunt Test title offered in the AKC. Similar to the Senior test, but diversion and poison birds are used. Marks get progressively more difficult from the juniors to the seniors and to the masters.
UKC Hunt Test Titles
SHR = Started Hunt Retriever : Similar to an AKC JH. A United Kennel Club/Hunting Retriever club title used as a prefix, before the name. A started hunting retriever should be able to perform a simple dove or waterfowl hunt, retriever both from land and water. This test is for inexperienced or young retrievers where the judges look for natural ability rather than trained performance. Consists of four tests, two tests shall be marked water retrievers (singles) and two will be marked land retrieves (singles). Distances rarely exceed 75 yards on land and 50 yards on water. Awarded to a dog that has earned 10 pts. and passed four started tests. A maximum of 10 Championship points can be earned in this category towards a higher title.
HR = Hunting Retriever : This is a UKC title that is earned by acquiring 40 points. 30 of those points must be at the Seasoned or Finished level. A Seasoned pass is worth 10 points. It is slightly more difficult than an AKC JH to achieve.
HRCH = Hunting Retriever Champion : This is a UKC title that is earned by acquiring 100 points, 60 of which must be earned at the Finished level. A Finished pass is worth 15 points.
GHRCH = Grand Hunting Retriever Champion : This is a UKC title that is earned by acquiring 220 points at the Finished level and 80 points from the HRC Grand Hunt. 1 Grand pass is worth 40 points. This is the highest possible hunt test title offered in the UKC.
UH = Upland Hunter : This is a UKC title that is available for those that train their dogs for upland bird hunting. 40 points must be acquired. A pass is worth 10 points.
NAHRA tests, like the AKC hunt tests, are designed to simulate actual hunting situations.
SR = Started Retriever : This is the entry level NAHRA title. This title is earned by acquiring 10 points. At this level, a pass is worth 2.5 points.
WR = Working Retriever : This is a NAHRA title that is earned by acquiring 20 points in the Intermediate level. At this level and higher, a pass is worth 5 points.
MHR = Master Hunting Retriever : This is a NAHRA title that is earned by acquiring 100 points, 80 of which must be earned at the Senior level.
GMHR = Grand Master Hunting Retriever : This is a NAHRA title which is earned by acquiring 300 points at the Senior level. This is the highest possible title offered by NAHRA.