Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Making sense of the new Master AKC titles

So while we were all sleeping in the wee hours of Sunday morning, a great number of dogs earned some new AKC agility titles. The Master Bronze, Silver, Gold and Century titles went into effect on July 1st, 2012. So what do they all mean?

From the AKC agility rulebook (located here):

Chapter 2, Classes, Titles, and Height Divisions
Section 3. Recognized Achievement. In order to recognize consistency and longevity in the Master Agility Excellent (MX), Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves (MXJ) and Master Excellent FAST (MXF) classes, the AKC will record a Lifetime Achievement title on the dog’s record. There is no limit to this achievement. (For example, a dog with the MXC title plus twenty-five additional Excellent B Agility class qualifying scores would have the MXB2 title.)
The AKC will identify dogs qualifying for Lifetime Achievement titles by the appropriate title designations (MXB, MXB2; MXS, MXS2; MSG, MSG2; MXC, MXC2, etc.) following their AKC name in all official AKC records. In each case, the higher Lifetime Achievement title will supersede the preceding Lifetime Achievement title in all official AKC records such that the highest title will be listed.
The Lifetime Achievement Standard titles and requirements are:
Master Bronze Agility Title = MXB. Requires twenty-five Excellent B Agility class qualifying scores of 100.
Master Silver Agility Title = MXS. Requires the MXB title plus twenty-five additional Excellent B Agility class qualifying scores of 100.
Master Gold Agility Title = MXG. Requires the MXS title plus twenty-five additional Excellent B Agility class qualifying scores of 100.
Master Century Agility Title = MXC. Requires the MXG title plus twenty-five additional Excellent B Agility class qualifying scores of 100.
The Lifetime Achievement Jumpers With Weaves titles and requirements are:
Master Bronze Jumpers With Weaves Title = MJB. Requires twenty-five Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class qualifying scores of 100.
Master Silver Jumpers With Weaves Title = MJS. Requires the MJB title plus twenty-five additional Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class qualifying scores of 100.
Master Gold Jumpers With Weaves Title = MJG. Requires the MJS title plus twenty-five additional Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class qualifying scores of 100.
Master Century Jumpers With Weaves Title = MJC. Requires the MJG title plus twenty-five additional Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class qualifying scores of 100.

On the inital read through the new regulations I missed the part about MSG# - so the way it works is that Once you've reached the MXC (100 MX legs) at MX leg #125 MXC becomes MXB2 (and so on and so forth). I suspect that these new titles will be more of a "hey, we got a certificate in the mail for XXX!"

I note that of the dogs I've recently looked up in the AKC database only about half of them have MX_ titles recorded. Owners can do the math on their own if they're impatient for end titles...

As of June 14th (the date through which AKC has processed event results), Teller has 53 MX legs and 117 MXJ legs - making him MACH2 (Can CH) Teller MXS MJC. He's actually only 2 MXJ legs from "MJB2". Talk about alphabet soup!

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