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American Kennel Club Introduces Preferred Agility Championship Title

(Friday, March 11, 2011)
-- New Title to Take Effect July 1, 2011 --

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to introduce the new Preferred Agility Champion title (PACH). Created as a way to recognize the superior performance, speed and consistency of AKC’s preferred agility competitors, dogs must achieve a minimum of 750 championship points and 20 double qualifying scores from the Excellent B Preferred Standard class and the Excellent B Preferred Jumpers with Weaves class to obtain this prestigious championship.

“The Agility department is thrilled to be able to implement the Preferred Agility Champion title almost two years ahead of the original scheduled start date,” said AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung. “The Preferred Championship is designed to recognize the excellent quality of dogs and handlers that are exhibiting in our Preferred Agility program at the top level.”

The PACH title is a prefix title and is retroactive, so any dogs that earned the title prior to July 1st, 2011 will be “grandfathered” in and will automatically have PACH added to their AKC name in the AKC computer system.  Exhibitors will not need to request this to happen. Owners who wish to obtain a title certificate for dogs that earned the title prior to July 1st will need to order one by calling Customer Service at (919) 233-9767.

The dogs that earn the title from July 1st onward will automatically be mailed a certificate.  The retroactive points will be based on the new point schedule as of July 1st, 2011 that will earn all dogs 1 point per second under the Standard Course Time. There will not be any point multipliers applied at any time for the points earned toward the PACH title.

More about the PACH:

  • There are no changes to the PAX title and both the PAX and the PACH will exist.  PAX and PACH titles may be earned from the same set of double qualifying scores (although they may not be achieved on the same dates, depending on when the 750 points for the PACH are earned).
  • One point is awarded for each full second under the Standard Course Time. (No partial points are awarded.)
  • Dogs earn points from the Ex B Preferred Agility Class and/or the Ex B Preferred Jumpers With Weaves Class.
  • Qualifying with scores of 100 in both the Ex B Preferred Agility Class and the Ex B Preferred Jumpers With Weaves Class on the same day equals one double qualifying score (2Q).
  • The PACH title points and 2Q’s progression will be able to be viewed in the AKC online store reports after the title’s implementation.

Requirements General Scoring: A dog does not have to obtain the Master Excellent Preferred title (MXP) or the Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves Preferred title (MJP) prior to achieving scores that will count toward their Preferred Agility Championship title (PACH). A dog need not be in both “B” classes in order to start accruing PACH points. Any score of 100 (clear round) obtained in the Excellent B Preferred classes will count towards both the dog’s Preferred Championship requirements, and the dog’s MXP/MJP titling requirements.

Titles: The PACH title initials will be followed by a numeric designation indicating the quantity of times the dog has met the requirements of the PACH title as defined above, e.g., 1500 PACH points and 40 2Q’s =PACH2.

For more information, visit www.akc.org/events/agility or download a copy of the Regulations for Agility Trials.