There may be more than one winner in a year and the qualifying titles need not have been gained in the year of application.
It is the owner’s responsibility to notify the Performance Committee of their dog’s eligibility for awards and to provide verification. By July 1, copies of the official records of achievement must be sent to the Performance Committee Records Clerk for recognition that fall at the National Specialty. The dog’s owner of record who is also the dog’s trainer must be a member of the MBTCA at the time of application.
The following performance categories include a point system in an attempt to recognize the difference in relative difficulty in training for and achieving the various titles and also to recognize the historical uses of the breed, e.g. rodent hunt titles are more heavily weighted than herding or coursing titles.
- For the Hildie Versatility Award, a dog must earn three titles in three different categories with a total of at least 6 points. “Miscellaneous Sports” constitutes one category; no more than one title in a sport from this category may be used to satisfy requirements for the award. It is also required that the dog have one additional title or certification from the Citizenship category (with no points assigned to this achievement) and that one of the three performance titles must be at the minimum an AKC PCD, a CD, an AKC Rally Advanced, an off-leash Freestyle title, or an AKC Novice-level agility title. (These off-leash titles may be from various registries if the achievement is equivalent to the AKC titles.)
- For the Trevor Versatility Excellent Award, a dog must earn four titles in four different categories with a total of at least 12 points. “Miscellaneous Sports” constitutes one category; no more than one title in a sport from this category may be used to satisfy requirements for the award. Additionally, any qualifying achievement in the Miscellaneous category must be at the Excellent/Elite/Expert level. It is also required that the dog have two titles or certifications from the Citizenship category*(with no points assigned to this achievement) and that one of the four performance titles must be at least an AKC PCDX, a CDX, an AKC Rally Excellent, an advanced level Freestyle title, or an AKC Open level agility title (or an equivalent title from various registries).
To calculate the points for either versatility award, only the points of the most advanced title earned in any one sport are to be counted.
Titles listed here or titles equivalent to those listed here but earned with registries not specifically named or implied in this point system will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
|Categories of Achievement||Points|
|AKC Canine Good Citizen||None|
|AKC Community Canine Advanced||None|
|AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen||None|
|AKC Farm Dog||None|
|Therapy Dog / Certification Only||None|
|Conformation||2 Points Maximum|
|Grand Championship||2 Points|
|Obedience/Rally/Freestyle||4 Points Maximum|
|Beginner Novice (BN), Rally Novice (RN)||1 Point|
|Preferred Novice (PCD)||1 Points|
|Novice obedience (CD/UCD), Rally Advanced (RA), Novice Freestyle, Graduate Novice (GN)||2 Points|
|Preferred Open (PCDX)||2 Points|
|Open obedience (CDX/UCDX), Rally Excellent (RE), Intermediate Freestyle, Graduate Open (GO)||3 Points|
|Preferred Utility (PUD)||3 Points|
|Utility obedience (UD/UUD), Versatility (VER), Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE), Advanced Freestyle and above||4 Points|
|Agility||4 Points Maximum|
|Novice Preferred (NAP/NPJ/NFP)||1 Point|
|Novice (NA/NAJ/NF/UKC UAg1 and/or UAgII), Open Preferred (OAP/OJP/OFP)||2 Points|
|Open and Time2Beat (OA/OAJ/OF/T2B/UKC UAgIII), Excellent Preferred (AXP/AJP/XFP)||3 Points|
|Excellent (AX/AXJ/XF/UKC UATCH/UATCHX), Masters, Premier and above MX/MXJ/PAD/PADP/PJD/ PJDP/UKC UGRACH)||4 Points|
|Earthdog/Barn Hunt||4 Points Maximum|
|JE, RATN||2 Points|
|SE, RATO||3 Points|
|ME, RATS and above||4 Points|
|Therapy||4 Points Maximum|
|AKC Therapy Dog Novice (10 visits)||1 Point|
|AKC Therapy Dog (50 visits)||3 Points|
|AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (100 visits)||4 Points|
|Nose Work/Scent Work/Tracking||4 Points Maximum|
|Element L1, Novice||1 Point|
|Element L2, Advanced, NW1, SWN||2 Points|
|TD, TDU, Element L3, Excellent, Master, NW2, SWE||3 Points|
|TDX, VST, NW3, SWM, Elite, Detective Dog, and above||4 Points|
|Miscellaneous Sports*||3 Points Maximum|
|Flyball||3 Points Maximum|
|Weight Pull||3 Points Maximum|
|Herding||2 Points Maximum|
|Any title beyond Instinct||2 Points|
|Coursing||3 Points Maximum|
|CAX, DCAT or above||3 Points|
|Dock Diving (NADD & AKC)||3 Points Maximum|
|Master and above||3 Points|
|Trick Dog (DMWYD & AKC)||3 Points Maximum|
|Performer/Expert and above||3 Points|
* NOTE: Only one of the sports from Miscellaneous Sports category may be used to meet the requirements of either level of the Versatility Awards.