The UKC (United Kennel Club) represents one of the oldest kennel clubs in North America. The United Kennel Club requires all dog handlers to be either owner or breeder of the animal. No professional handlers are allowed to participate. Judges may be asked at ringside to give reasons and explanations for their decisions. This cuts down on show politics in the conformation ring.

Titles that can be earned from the United Kennel Club

Agility Titles (the obstacle course)

Agility I Title (UAGI).Title is earned by: receiving three (3) qualifying scores at three (3) different U.K.C. Licensed Agility Trials. A qualifying score requires the successful completion of all obstacles and a score of 170 or more. All three qualifying scores may be obtained under the same Judge.

Obstacles included in this level are limited to:
A. Non-hurdle obstacles. (6 are required)
1) A-Frame; 2) Dog Walk; 3) Teeter-Totter; 4) Open Tunnel; 5) Closed Tunnel (Chute); 6) Hoop Tunnel.
B. Hurdle obstacles. (6 are required)
1) Bar Hurdle; 2) Bush Hurdle; 3) High Hurdle; 4) Log Hurdle; 5) Long Hurdle; 6) Picket Fence Hurdle; 7) Rail Fence Hurdle; 8) Spread Hurdle; 9) Window Hurdle; 10) Water Hurdle.
C. Pause Table. The pause table is required and is valued at 20 point

Agility II Title (UAGII).Title is earned by: receiving three (3) qualifying scores at three (3) different U.K.C. Licensed Agility Trials. A qualifying score requires the successful completion of all obstacles and a score of 170 or more. All three qualifying scores may be obtained under the same Judge. (Dogs must first earn an AGI title.)

Obstacles included in this level are limited to:
A. Non-hurdle obstacles.
(7 non-hurdle obstacles are required)
All of the following five obstacles must be used, and any two may be used twice or the Open Tunnel may be used as the seventh non-hurdle obstacle.
1) Crawl Tunnel; 2) Hoop (Tire) Jump; 3) Swing Plank; 4) Sway Bridge; 5) Weave Poles.
B. Hurdle obstacles. (8 hurdle obstacles are required)
1) Bar Hurdle; 2) Bush Hurdle; 3) High Hurdle; 4) Log Hurdle; 5) Long Hurdle; 6) Picket Fence Hurdle; 7) Rail Fence Hurdle; 8) Spread Hurdle; 9) Window Hurdle; 10) Water Hurdle.
C. Pause Obstacle. (One pause obstacle is required)
1) Pause Box; 2) Platform Jump.

 

Agility Champion Title (UACH).Title is earned by: (A) accumulation of 100 points awarded for scores of 196 or more in the Agility I and Agility II Classes; (B) at least 40 of the 100 required points must be obtained from the Agility II Class.

Dogs must first earn an AGI title and an AGII title.

The following schedule is used in the awarding of U-ACH points:
Score of 200 = 10 UACH points
Score of 199 = 6 UACH points
Score of 198 = 4 UACH points
Score of 197 = 2 UACH points
Score of 196 = 1 UACH points

Agility Champion Excellent Title (UACHX). Title is earned by: receiving five (5) qualifying scores in the Agility III class at five (5) different U.K.C. Licensed Agility Trials. A qualifying score in Agility III requires the successful completion of all obstacles and a score of 196 or more.

Dogs must first earn an AGI title, an AGII title and an UACH title.

Obstacles included in this level are:
A. Non-hurdle obstacles.
(7 non-hurdle obstacles are required)
1) Weave poles.
2) Choose two of the following obstacles: a) Dog Walk; b) Teeter-totter; c) A-Frame.
3) Select either the Swing Plank or Sway Bridge.
4) Choose three non-hurdle obstacles from the following list or any non-hurdle obstacle maybe used twice:
       a) Closed Tunnel (Chute); b) Crawl Tunnel; c) Hoop Tunnel; d) Open Tunnel.
B. Hurdle obstacles. (8 hurdle obstacles)
1) Bar Hurdle; 2) Bush Hurdle; 3) High Hurdle; 4) Log Hurdle; 5) Long Hurdle; 6) Picket Fence Hurdle; 7) Rail Fence Hurdle; 8) Spread Hurdle; 9) Window Hurdle; 10) Water Hurdle.
C. Pause obstacle. (1 pause obstacle is required)
1) Pause Box; 2) Pause Table; 3) Platform Jump.

Agility Grand Champion Title (UGRACH). Title is earned by: (A) having a qualifying score in each of the Agiltiy Level 1, Agiltiy Level 2 and Agilty Level 3 classes... all at the same trial... with a combined score of 588 points or higher (out of a possible score of 600). You must do this 5 times to complete this title.

 

Conformation Titles (the beauty pageant)

Champion title. (UCH) To earn a UKC Champion title, a dog must:
(A) Earn a minimum of 100 championship points,
(B) Earn points under at least three different UKC licensed Judges, and
(C)Earn 2 Wins ~ winning the Best Male/Female, Best of Winners, Best of Breed classes with competition (must beat at least one other dog). Group placements will also count towards a "win" as long as you placed over at least one other dog.

UKC Conformation Point Schedules
Regular Class - 1st place
10
Best Male
15
Reserve Best Male
0
Best Female
15
Reserve Best Female
0
Best of Winners
10

Grand Champion title. (UGRCH) To earn a UKC Grand Champion title, a dog must:
(A) Win the Champions class at least five times with competition (must beat at least two other Champions), and
(B) Win the Champions class under at least three different UKC licensed Judges.

 

Obedience Titles (heel, sit, down, stay... )

United Companion Dog (UCD). This title must be earned from the Novice class. The Novice Class includes heel, sit, down, stay and come... on and off lead.
To earn this title, a dog must:
1. Earn three qualifying scores at three different UKC licensed obedience trials, and
2. The three qualifying scores must be earned under at least two different UKC-licensed obedience Judges.

United Companion Dog Excellent (UCDX). A dog must earn the United Companion Dog title before it is eligible to earn legs toward the United Companion Dog Excellent title. This title must be earned from the Open class. The Open Class is all done off lead and involves many commands from the Novice Class, however, the dog is also required to retrieve a dumbbell, retreive a dumbbell over a jump and jump over a broad-jump on command.
To earn this title, a dog must:
1. Earn three qualifying scores at three different UKC licensed obedience trials, and
2. The three qualifying scores must be earned under at least two different UKC-licensed obedience Judges.

United Utility Dog (UUD). A dog must earn the United Companion Dog Excellent title before it is eligible to earn legs toward the United Utility Dog title. This title must be earned from the Utility class. The Utility Class involves off lead heeling with only using hand signals to direct the dog, directed jumping and the retrieving of scent articles.
To earn this title, a dog must:
1. Earn three qualifying scores at three different UKC licensed obedience trials, and
2. The three qualifying scores must be earned under at least two different UKC-licensed obedience Judges.

Dogs must first earn a UCD and UCDX titles.

United Obedience Champion Dog (UOCH). A dog must earn the United Utility Dog title before it is eligible to earn points/legs toward the United Obedience Champion title.
To earn this title, a dog must meet all of the requirements below:
1. Combined wins. At five different UKC-licensed trials, earn a qualifying score in each of the Open and Utility classes in the same trial, with a combined score of 370 or above.
2. Obedience championship points. Accumulate 100 obedience championship points, at least 30 of which must be earned in the Open B class and at least 20 of which must be earned from the Utility B class. Obedience championship points are earned in the Open and Utility classes by obtaining a minimum qualifying score or better in either or both.

Qualifying score
Points earned
170 to 174
1
175 to 179½
2
180 to 184½
3
185 to 189
4
190 to 192
5
193 to 195
6
196 to 198
7
199 to 200
8

United Grand Obedience Champion (GOCH). A dog must earn the United Obedience Champion title before it is eligible to earn legs toward the United Grand Obedience Champion title. To earn this title, a dog must meet all of the requirements below: Dog must earn 15 Combined wins. At fifteen different UKC licensed trials, earn a qualifying score in each of the Open and Utility classes in the same trial, with a combined score of 370 or above.

 

United Family Obedience (UFO) ~ in conjunction with Service Dogs of America

The Family Obedience class is a training title that is designed around the training needs of a family companion dog. This title requires a handler with his/her dog to perform a series of basic and practical obedience exercises that have been chosen as essentials for having a well-behaved, family companion dog. In addition, the Family Obedience Title has a difficulty level suitable for introducing new people to the benefits and pleasures of dog training and a title that teaches the basic fundamentals for obedience training.