A Look At CFA Titles
BY KATHY DURDICK, Ristokat Himalayans & Persians

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Ever get confused at how many different ways you see people writing the titles for their cats in CFA? Or wonder about the abbreviations, and which one is correct?? Well, here's a quick look at the official abbreviations AS CENTRAL OFFICE uses them, and the order they are listed for a cat.

The maximum number of titles any cat can earn is 6. Five titles are for accomplishments in the show ring and appear before the cat's name. The sixth and final title is for accomplishments as a breeding cat and appears after the cat's name. A comma separates each title from the other and the cats name. To understand the meaning and correct way to add the titles to your cat's name, let's analyze the titles of this mythical Cat of the Year :-))

GC, GP, BW, NW, AG Hot Stuff Show Star, DM

 

 

The first title listed before a cat's name will be the highest title a cat has earned in championship competition. There are 4 possibilities:

  • blank - cat has not competed in Championship, or has not earned any titles there yet.
  • CH - indicates the cat is a Champion (has won the necessary number of winner's ribbons for its competition area)
  • GC - indicates the cat has defeated the necessary number of Champions to earn the title of Grand Champion.
  • GCD - indicates the cat has earned a Grand of Distinction title, while competing as an intact cat (see Grand of Distinction: A New Title in CFA for more details on this title)

The correct abbreviation for Grand Champion is currently GC. At one time, the abbreviation was GRC and you will still see it in old yearbooks but it is not now used.

 

The second title listed will be the highest title a cat has earned in Premiership competition. There are 4 possibilities:

  • blank - cat has not competed in Premiership, or has not earned any titles there yet.
  • PR - indicates the cat is a Premier (has won the necessary winner's ribbons for it's competition area)
  • GP - indicates the cat has defeated the necessary number of Premiers to earn the title of Grand Premier.
  • GPD - indicates the cat has earned a Grand of Distinction title, while competing as an altered cat (see Grand of Distinction: A New Title in CFA for more details on this title)

GP is the correct abbreviation for Grand Premier. GRP is no longer used.

  The third title listed is the newest title from CFA - that of Breed Winner, which is abbreviated BW. Although CFA recognizes the top 3 cats of each breed each year IN CHAMPIONSHIP, ONLY the best of breed (or division) is allowed to add the BW title in their name. This title is also being added on a retroactive basis to Breed Winners of past years.
 

The fourth title listed will be the highest title a cat has earned at a regional or national level - and ONLY the highest title will be listed regardless of whether the title was earned as a kitten, in Championship or in Premiership. There are 3 possibilities:

  • RW - Regional Winner - for regions 1 - 8, awards are given to the top 20 kittens, top 25 cats in Championship, and top 20 cats in Premiership.
  • NW - National Winner - awards are given to the top 20 kittens, top 25 cats in Championship, and top 2o cats in Premiership in CFA.
  • DW - Divisional Winner - comparable to the RW title, this title is given out to cats in the International Division. Awards are given to the top 10 kittens, top 10 cats in Championshp, and top 5 cats in Premiership. If a cat earns both an RW and a DW, only the RW title is used.
 

The fifth title listed will be the highest title a cat has earned in the agility competition. There are 4 possibilities:

  • AC - Agility Competitor, awarded to any cat who completes the standard agility course without error, in the allotted maximum time.
  • AW - Agility Winner, has previously earned the AC title, completed at least 2 separate agility competitions and earned at least 500 points.
  • AM - Agility Master, has previously earned the AW title, and earned at least 2000 points.
  • AG - Agility Grand Master, has previously earned the AM title, and earned at least 4000 points.
  These first 5 possible titles reflect the cat's performance in the show ring and are all listed in front of a cat's name, in the order specified above.
 

Finally, there is one more title a cat can earn - the title of Distinguished Merit, abbreviated DM, and it reflects the accomplishments of the cat's offspring. Unlike the other titles, this title is listed at the end of a cat's name. To earn this title,

  • A female cat must produce 5 Grand Champion, Grand Premier, or DM offspring (each offspring can only be counted once, no matter how many of the titles it achieves)
  • A male cat must produce 15 Grand Champion, Grand Premier, or DM offspring (each offspring can only be counted once, no matter how many of the titles it achieves)
There you have it! You should now understand the meaning of every title your cat earns and how to correctly add them to your cat's name. May all your titles be in groups of six!


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