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This page is intended to explain all those mysterious acronyms and phrases which leave the new (and not so new) Newfie Owner baffled. Click the initial
letter of the jargon which is troubling you, or just scroll through. If you can't find the word you are looking for here or know a word that needs adding,
contact the Club Secretary.
AKC - American Kennel Club
ATC No. - Authority to Compete Number
Number issued by the Kennel Club to a Dog resident outside the UK, allowing it to compete in KC competitions.
AV - Any Variety
AVNSC - Any Variety Not Seperately Classified, see Show Classes
B - Bitch (used on show entry forms)
BOB - Best of Breed
Breed Standard - A detailed description of a breed of dog.
BSAVA - British Small Animal Veterinary Association
BVA - British Veterinary Association
CC - Challenge Certificate, See also Championship Show
Ch/CH - Champion, A dog is awarded the title Champion if it has won 3 Challenge Certificates at championship shows where CCs were on
offer, under 3 different judges and one of the Challenge Certificates was awarded when the dog was more then 12 months of age.
Can be breed specific, group specific, for example gundogs, working etc, or for all breeds. These shows offer the widest range of classes and winning
at these can gain the ultimate award of qualifying for Crufts, the most prestigious dog show in Britain.
The dogs that win each class compete for Challenge Certificates (C.C.’s), dogs and bitches separately. Once you have three C.C.’s from three
separate judges your dog is made up to a Champion. After the C.C’s have been awarded the Best of Breed winners from each group (gundogs, working,
hounds etc) are judged to find Best of Group. These are then judged for Best in Show. The dog declared the Best in Show has competed and is unbeaten by
any other dog exhibited at the same show.
Companion Dog Show - are fundraising events held throughout the year and the shows are mostly organised in conjunction with fetes, charity
open days or similar events to raise money for charitable causes. The shows are very relaxed so they are ideal for people who are new on the show scene
and offer the opportunity to practice your teamwork and confidence with your dog in the show ring.
D - Dog (used on show entry forms)
Dam - A Dogs Mother
Dnk - Denmark
FCI - Fédération Cynologique Internationale, the World Canine Organisation. It includes 84 members and contract partners
(one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI makes sure that the pedigrees and judges are mutually
recognized by all the FCI members.
GDV - Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus - 'Bloat' (see Health and Longevity Downloads)
Graduate - See Show Classes
Imp - Import
Imported Register - See Show Classes
IR - Irish
Junior - See Show Classes
JW - Junior Warrant, Kennel Club award based on a points system, where points are gained by competing at Open & Championship Shows.
KC - Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is to promote, in every way, the general improvement of dogs. It is an organisation of international standing, committed to promoting
and protecting dogs’ varied roles in society and defending the interests of their owners
Limit - See Show Classes
Limit shows are run by individual dog clubs, and are restricted to the members of that club.
Maiden - See Show Classes
Mid Limit - See Show Classes
Minor Puppy - See Show Classes
NAF - Name Applied For
Used on entry forms for dog shows to indicate that the pedigree name used on the entry form has been applied for to the Kennel Club but not yet confirmed.
NC - Newfoundland Club
NNC - Northern Newfoundland Club
Novice - See Show Classes
NWN - Northern Working Newfoundlands
Open - See Show Classes
These shows have a broader range of classes and tend to be more competitive. In some classes you will be up against dogs of other breeds. Open
Shows can also be purely for one specific breed. The top prize is Best in Show, which is judged from Best of Breed. The Best in Breed is the best dog
and bitch of that one breed.
Puppy - See Show Classes
Post Graduate - See Show Classes
Sire - A Dogs Father
||For dogs of six and not exceeding nine calendar months of age on the first day of the show.
||For dogs of six and not exceeding twelve calendar months of age on the first day of the show.
||For dogs of six and not exceeding eighteen calendar months of age on the first day of the show.
||For dogs of six and not exceeding twenty four months of age on the first day of the show.
||For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or a first prize at an Open or Championship Show
(Minor puppy, Special Minor Puppy, Puppy and Special Puppy classes excepted, whether restricted or not).
||For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or three or more first prizes at Open and Championship Shows (Minor puppy,
Special Minor Puppy, Puppy and Special Puppy classes excepted, whether restricted or not).
||For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or three or more first prizes at Championship Shows (Minor puppy, Special
Minor Puppy, Puppy and Special Puppy classes excepted, whether restricted or not).
||For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or four or more first prizes at Championship Shows in Graduate, Post Graduate,
Minor Limit, Mid Limit, Limit and Open Classes, whether restricted or not.
||For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or five or more first prizes at Championship Shows in Post Graduate, Minor
Limit, Mid Limit, Limit and Open Classes, whether restricted or not.
||For dogs which have not won three Challenge Certificates or five or more first prizes in all at Championship Shows in Mid Limit,
Limit and open classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at shows where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.
||For dogs which have not won three Challenge Certificates under three different judges or seven or more first prizes in all,
at Championship Shows in Limit and Open classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at shows where Challenge Certificates were offered
for the breed.
||For all dogs of the breed for which the class is provided and eligible for entry at the show.
||For dogs of seven years of age and over on the first day of the show.
|Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC)
||For breeds of dogs for which no separate classes are scheduled
||Where an Interim Breed Standard has been approved by the Kennel Club, breeds whose registration is confined to the Imported
Register may be exhibited in this class only and are ineligible for any other competition whatsoever.
||Particular Classes usually added to a show by the organiser, for example, "Special Brown" "Special White &
SNC - Southern Newfoundland Club
Stack, Stacking - The art of standing your dog to be judged at a show.
T.A.F. - Transfer Applied For
Indicates on entry forms that the dog has changed ownership but the transfer papers have not yet been returned by the Kennel Club.
Undergraduate - See Show Classes
Veteran - See Show Classes
A Group of Newfie owners who have come together to form a club to train their newfoundlands - some groups are seperate from the Northern Newfoundland
Club, Others are part of it. Some groups organise working events for the Northern Newfoundland Club.
WSC - Working Sub Committee
A Committee created by the Northern Newfoundland Club Committee to oversee the organisation and management of Working events, There is usually at least
one member of an affiliated Working Group on the WSC.
YKC - Young Kennel Club
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