The AKC has approved title recognition for the “Certificate of Conformation Assessment” (CCA) title for those breeds whose parent club has made the request. The purpose of the CCA is to provide education to owners on proper breed conformation. It is a non-competitive, one-on-one evaluation where dogs are assessed against the standard, not against each other.
The CCA provides the owner with a chance to demonstrate their dog’s qualities in a relaxed environment (dogs are expected to be casually groomed and handled). The owners receive both verbal and written feedback from the evaluator, and evaluations are confidential. The dog receives a numerical score based on the breed standard, and those that score above a 75 are granted the title, which can be put on the dog’s AKC record.
To receive a CCA title, submit the application along with a copy of the parent club documentation and processing fee. To accommodate those who had earned the title in prior years, titles earned as far back as January 1, 2010 will be grandfathered.
For a list of participating breeds, check out our latest Parent Club Title Recognition List and scroll down to the the section for “CCA”.
Other parent clubs that are interested in creating their own CCA program to be recognized by the AKC can get more information here.