CDCA Versatility Program

This program is open to CDCA members in good standing who own AKC-registered Canaan Dogs who have excelled in many types of competition in both AKC and CDCA. Only purebred Canaan Dogs or those ILP-registered dogs of known Canaan Dog parentage (validated either by the breeder or the Canaan Dog Rescue Network [CDRN]), intact or neutered, of at least six (6) months of age are eligible; dogs do not need to permanently reside in the United States to be eligible. Versatility awards may be granted posthumously to eligible Canaan Dogs who have died since August 12, 1997.

There will be 4 Versatility Title Levels – Versatility (V), Versatility Advanced (VA), Versatility Excellent (VX), and Versatility Superior (VS). Only titles from AKC and/or CDCA will be valid for the CDCA Versatility Program. The AKC and/or CDCA earned titles to be used towards a CDCA Versatility title will come from eight different area categories below; exception to the title requirement will be major conformation breed wins (awards) in the Versatility (V) and Versatility Superior (VS) levels. Required titles for each level will be reviewed annually and any changes will be approved by the CDCA Board and the Awards Chair. A copy of each AKC and/or CDCA title/certificate listed below must be sent to the Awards Chair via email or postal service. If AKC certificates are unavailable, an official copy of the dog's Awards Record from the AKC website may be used in lieu of certificates.

Effective date: January 1, 2015 (except where noted for new titles).

Eight Area Categories

  1. Conformation
  2. Herding (AKC or CDCA)
  3. Rally
  4. Obedience (includes optional and preferred titling class titles)
  5. Tracking
  6. Agility (Regular and Preferred)
  7. Coursing Ability (CAT and Fast CAT)
  8. AKC-Recognized Titles (Canine Good Citizen, Barn Hunt Association, FEMA or State Urban Search and Rescue [SUSAR], North America Diving Dogs [Dock Diving], Therapy Dog, North American Flyball Association, Trick Dog [including AKC "grandfathered" Do More With Your Dog program titles], and Versatile Companion Dog)

For more information on the CDCA Versatility Program, please contact the Awards Chair, Denise Gordon. To apply for a Versatility Award, fill out the Versatility Form and submit the completed form to the Awards Chair.


Versatility (V)

This is a novice/entry level title, comprised of 4 titles/awards from a minimum of 3 areas:

Conformation
Breed major (3, 4, or 5 point) award
Herding
CDCA Herding Certified (CDCA-HC), Herding Certified Excellent (CDCA-HCX), AKC Herding Instinct Tested Certificate (IT), Herding Tested (HT), Pre-Trial Tested (PT), AKC Farm Dog Certified (FDC)
Rally
Rally Novice (RN), Rally Intermediate (RI; effective November 1, 2017)
Obedience
Preferred Companion Dog (PCD), Beginner Novice (BN)
Agility (Regular and Preferred)
Novice Agility (NA/NAP), Novice Agility Jumpers (NAJ/NJP), Novice FAST (NF/NFP), Agility Course Test (ACT1 or ACT2)
Coursing Ability Test (CAT and Fast CAT)
Coursing Ability (CA), Fast Coursing Ability Test-150 points (BCAT)
AKC-Recognized Titles
Canine Good Citizen (CGC), AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, [Barn Hunt] Rat Instinct (RATI), Novice Barn Hunt (RATN), NADD minimum division 5 qualifying dock diving jumps (DN, DJ, DS, DM, or DE) or air retrieve jumps (AN, AJ, AS, AM, or AE), Novice Trick Dog (TKN), and Therapy Dog Novice (THDN)

Versatility Advanced (VA)

This is an advanced level title, comprised of 6 titles/awards from a minimum of 4 areas with at least 2 from the list below; titles from the Versatility (V) level list may be used to comprise the remaining titles needed:

Conformation
Champion of Record (CH), Grand Champion of Record (GCH)
Herding
AKC Herding Started (HS-any course, any livestock), Herding Intermediate (HI-any course, any livestock), AKC Herding Started Master (HSM-any course, any livestock), Herding Intermediate Master (HIM-any course, any livestock)
Rally
Rally Advanced (RA), Rally Excellent (RE)
Obedience
Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellent (CDX), Graduate Novice (GN), Preferred Companion Dog Excellent (PCDX), Graduate Open (GO)
Tracking
Tracking Dog (TD), Tracking Dog Urban (TDU)
Agility (Regular and Preferred)
Open Agility (OA/OAP), Open Agility Jumpers (OAJ/OJP), Open FAST (OF/OFP), Time-2-Beat (T2B)
Coursing Ability Test (CAT and Fast CAT)
Coursing Ability (CAA), Fast Coursing Ability Test-500 points (DCAT)
AKC-Recognized Titles
Open Barn Hunt (RATO), Advanced Dock Diving or Air Retrieve (25 qualifying jumps), Therapy Dog Advanced (THDA), Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA), Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU), Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)

Versatility Excellent (VX)

This is an excellent-level title, comprised of 9 titles/awards from a minimum of 4 areas with at least 3 advanced titles from the Versatility Advanced (VA) level list and 1 title from the list below; titles from the Versatility (V) level list may be used to comprise the remaining titles needed:

Conformation
Champion of Record (CH), Grand Champion of Record (GCH)-Bronze, Silver, or Gold Level
Herding
AKC Herding Excellent (HX-any course, any livestock), AKC Herding Excellent Master (HXM-any course, any livestock)
Rally
Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE), Rally Advanced Excellent 2 (RAE2), Rally Master (RM; effective November 1, 2017)
Obedience
Preferred Utility Dog (PUTD), Utility Dog (UD), Versatility (VER)
Tracking
Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX), Variable Surface Tracking (VST)
Agility (Regular and Preferred)
Excellent Agility (AX/AXP), Excellent Agility Jumpers (AXJ/AJP), Excellent FAST (XF/XFP), Master Agility Excellent (MX/MXP), Master Excellent Jumpers (MXJ/MJP)
Coursing Ability Test (CAT and Fast CAT)
Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX), Coursing Ability Excellent 2 (CAX2), Fast Coursing Ability Test-1000 points (FCAT) or FCAT#2 or greater (additional 500 points/level)
AKC-Recognized Titles
Senior Barn Hunt (RATS), Master Barn Hunt (RATM), Versatile Companion Dog 1 (VCD1), AKC Search And Rescue (SAR), AKC Search And Rescue-Wilderness (SAR-W), AKC Search And Rescue-Urban (SAR-U1 or SAR-U2), Therapy Dog Excellent (THDX), Flyball (FDCh-Champion, FM-Flyball Master, or ONYX), Excellent Dock Diving or Air Retrieve (50 qualifying jumps), Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)

Versatility Superior (VS)

This is the highest CDCA Versatility level title, comprised of 12 titles/awards from a minimum of 5 areas with at least 4 advanced titles from the Versatility Advanced (VA) level list, 1 excellent title from the Versatility Excellent (VX) level list, and 1 title from the list below; titles from the Versatility (V) level list may be used to comprise the remaining titles needed:

Conformation
Best In Show (BIS) award, Best In National or Regional Specialty (BISS) award, Dual Champion (DC-comprised of CH + AKC HC titles), Triple Champion (TC-comprised of DC title + Obedience Trial Champion [OTCH], Champion Tracker [CT] or Master Agility Champion [MACH] {or Preferred Agility Champion [PACH])
Herding
AKC Herding Champion (HC)
Rally
Rally Advanced Excellent 3 (RAE3) or above, Rally Champion (RACH; effective November 1, 2017), Rally National Champion (RNC)
Obedience
Utility Dog Excellent (UDX), Preferred Utility Dog Excellent (PUDX), Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH), Obedience Master (OM), Obedience Grand Master (OGM), National Obedience Champion (NOC), Preferred Obedience Champion (POC)
Tracking
Champion Tracker (CT)
Agility (Regular and Preferred)
Master Agility Champion (MACH)/Preferred Agility Champion (PACH), Master Gold, Master Bronze, or Master Silver in Standard, Jumpers, and/or FAST (respectively, MXG, MXS, MXB, MJG, MJS, MJB, MFG, MFS, MFB and Preferred equivalents), FAST Century/Fast Century Preferred (FTC/FTCP) initial or greater level, Master Century Agility/Master Century Agility Preferred (MXC/MXPC; in Standard, Jumpers and/or FAST), Triple Q Excellent (TQX), Preferred Agility Excellent (PAX)
AKC-Recognized Titles
Barn Hunt Master Champion (RATCh), Barn Hunt Master Champion Excellent (RATChX), Versatile Companion Dog 2 (VCD2) or greater, Versatile Companion Champion (VCCH - comprised of OTCH + MACH [or PACH] + CT), Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD), or Trick Dog Performance (TKP)

Versatility Award Recipients

Recipient Name and Titles Year
Desert Star's Midnight Comet, CGC, PCD, RAE, BN, CDCA-HCX, VA 2016
Ch. Sufat Sheleg Ziva Bat Ash, BN, CA, RATI, CDCA-HC, V 2016
GCh. BSnatch Rsndg Ran Away To RivRoc, RA, CGC, CDCA-HC, VA 2016
GCh. Sufat Sheleg Jasper's Dubhan, BN, RN, CGCA, CDCA-HCX, VA 2016
GCh. River Rock Reach Any Higher, CGC, BN, RN, CAA, HIC, CGCA, CGCU, CDCA-HCX, VA 2016
Kol Tuv Jochabed, BN, RE, RATI, CDCA-HC, VA 2016
2016 - New (Revised) Versatility Program Implemented
Ch. River Rock Reach Any Higher, CGC, CA, CDCA-HC, V 2015
Ch. Madriver Samara Desert Star Dawn, CGC, RAE, BN, CDCA-PN, HCX, VX 2013
Ch. Libi Metuka Me Shaar Hagai, CD, BN, RAE, TD, CDCA-V 2013
Ch. Mazel Tov Erev Shel Shoshanim, CD, BN, GN, RE, CGC, CDCA-HCX, VX 2013
Ch. Desert Star Angel Of My Dreams, RN, CDCA-HCX, V 2013
Desert Star's Midnight Comet, CGC, RE, BN, CDCA-HCX, V 2013
Ch. Arayl's Rivi's Rumor, RN, CDCA-HCX, V 2013
Ch. D & J Ha'Aretz Sterns' Caleb, CGC, RA, CDCA-HC, V 2013
Ch. Orela Me Shaar Hagai, RN, MX, MXJ, OF, CDCA-HC, VX 2012
GCh. Rosendog's He Who Must Be Named, RN, CGC, CDCA-HC, V 2012
Ch. Blue Sky Desert Star Ball Of Fire, RN, CDCA-HCX, V 2012
GCh. Blue Sky Desertstar Orion The Hunter, RN, CDCA-HCX, V 2012
Pleasant Hill Hava Shirat, RN, TD, NAP, NJP, CDCA-V 2012
GCh. BSnatch Rsndg Ran Away To RivRoc, RN, CDCA-HC, V 2012
Ch. Dayspring Beraiah Ha'Aretz, CD, RN, CDCA-HC, ROM, V 2012
GCh. River Rock Take Me Higher, CA, CDCA-HC, V 2012
Ch. Orela Me Shaar Hagai, RN, MX, MXJ, OF, VX 2011
Ch. Blue Sky Desert Star Ball Of Fire, RN, CDCA-HCX, V 2011
GCh. Blue Sky Desertstar Orion The Hunter, RN, CDCA-HCX, V 2011
Pleasant Hill Hava Shirat, RN, TD, NAP, NJP, V 2011
GCh. Rosendog's He Who Must Be Named, RN, CGC, CDCA-HC, V 2011
GCh. BSnatch Rsndg Ran Away to RivRoc, RN, CDCA-HC, V 2011
Ch. Dayspring Beraiah Ha'Aretz, CD, RN, CDCA-HC, V 2011
GCh. River Rock Take me Higher, CA, CDCA-HC, V 2011
Ch. Pleasant Hill What's The Buzz, OA, OAJ, OAP, OJP, RN, CDCA-HCX, VX 2010
Ch. Arayl's Magic Springtime, V, CD, RN, CDCA-HCX 2006
Ch. Madriver Samara Desert Star Dawn, V, CGC, RN, RA; CDCA-PN, HC, HCX 2006
Ch. Pleasant Hill Tovah, V, ROM, CD, CGC, RN, CDCA HCX, ICDCA VC 2005
Ch. Mad River Mary C Lamb, CGC, HCX, V, PT, HSAs, NAP, AHBA-JHD, HRDIs, HTDIIs 2002
Ch. Mad River Ewe I Chase, CGC, HCX, V, PT, HSAs, NA, NAJ, AHBA-HCT, JHD 2002
U-CD, DOTY-1999 Briel's Isabel P Tiger Pooh, HC, V, CD, MX, MXJ, AAD, OAC, OJC, OGC 2001
UAGII, DOTY-2000, CDCA Ch. Micah Haviv me Kansas, V, CGC, NA, CD, TT 2001
DOTY-2001 Fuligin Ged Tycho, CDCA HC, V, CGC, CDX, OA, AXJ 2001
Ch. Pleasant Hill What's the Buzz, V, HC, CGC, NA, NAJ 2001
DOTY-1995, U-CDX, AKC Ch. Ze'ev Midbar, AKC-CGC, CD, HI, NA, NAJ; CDCA-HS, VX; AHBA HTDI-s, HRDII-s; ASCA-STDs; TDI 2000
Ze'ev Midbar, CD, CGC, HS, NA, V 1998

CDCA Pre-AKC Versatility Program

The purpose of the pre-AKC Recognition V/VX awards is to honor those dogs that are deceased or no longer able to compete in AKC Events due to their age.

Pre-AKC Versatility Award Recipients

Recipient Name and Titles
CCA Ch. Pleasant Hill Dassi, CD, CGC, HC, VX
CDCA/UKC/ARBA Ch. FarSight Abigail, TD, HS, CGC, VX
CCA Ch. Shvatim Confidence, CCA CD, HCX, CGC, V
CDCA Ch. Jehova Jireh Sheba M'Beth Din, HC, V
CCA Ch. Ha'Aretz Reuben, PT, V
CCA/Can. Ch. Terramara's Bithia, CCA CD, V
CCA Ch. Terramara's Bekah, CCA CD, V
Ha'Aretz Rashe Chavala of Geva, CCA CD, HT, V
Samach Rebecca Waf Ha'Aretz, CD, HT, V
CCA Ch. Ha'Aretz Ayen Aleph J. Maccabee, TD, V
CCA Ch. Spatterdash Limor, CCA CD, V
CCA Ch. Spatterdash Dreidle, CCA TD, V
CDCA Ch. Pleasant Hill Daya, HC, V
CDCA Ch. Pleasant Hill Hey You, CDCA HCX, V

For Canaan Dogs earning titles prior to August 12, 1997, and AKC Recognition the following applies: The Canaan Dog must have been registered with the CCA/CDCA. For a V Award, a Canaan Dog must have earned titles in two (2) of five (5) areas and for a VX Award a Canaan Dog must have earned titles in three (3) of five (5) areas. The five (5) areas are Conformation, Obedience, Herding, Tracking and Agility. Conformation Championships must be either CCA/CDCA, UKC, SKC or ARBA and earned prior to August 12, 1997. Obedience titles must be CCA/CDCA, AKC or UKC and completed prior to August 12, 1997. Herding titles awarded prior to August 12, 1997, may be either CCA/CDCA, AKC, UKC, ASCA or AHBA. Tracking titles must be CCA/CDCA or AKC and earned prior to August 12, 1997. Agility titles earned prior to August 12, 1997, must be AKC, UKC, USDAA or NADAC. All titles earned after August 12, 1997, must fall into the AKC categories in the requirements matrix (see above) to be considered for a V or VX Award.