ACDCA Register of Merit Guidelines Adopted 04/10/2023
Every other year, the ROM Committee will review and determine which new AKC titles should be added to the ROM program.
ACDCA Register of Merit
In order to be considered for a ROM award the applicant dog or bitch must have achieved the following four categories:
- Earned an AKC Breed Conformation Championship or higher
- Earned an AKC Obedience Title of Companion Dog or higher
- Earned an AKC Herding Started Title or higher (Applicant dogs prior to September 1, 1995 were exempt from the AKC Started Title requiring only an ACDCA QW or VQW, AKC Pre-Trial Tested Title or higher or ASCA Started Leg or higher on cattle.)
- Produced offspring with an AKC Championship, AKC CD or higher, and an AKC Herding Started Title or higher. Qualifying offspring titles may be earned by one or more offspring.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ROM POINTS (applies to the ROM dog/bitch and any of their offspring)
Conformation points according to the following schedule:
- 20 points for any AKC Championship
- 10 points for AKC Grand CH in addition to the points already earned for CH
- 10 points for AKC Bronze Grand CH in addition to the points already earned for GCH
- 10 points for AKC Silver Grand CH in addition to the points already earned for Bronze
- 10 points for AKC Gold Grand CH in addition to the points already earned for Silver
- 10 points for AKC Platinum Grand CH in addition to the points already earned for Gold with the addition of 10 points for each subsequent level of Platinum
- 75 points for ACDCA Conformation Grand Champion. (Note the ACDCA Grand Champion was created prior to the AKC Grand Champion program. It exists only in the context of the ROM program.) To earn the 75 points, the ACDCA Grand Championship requires 1,000 points achieved as follows:
- 1 point for each dog defeated in a Best of Breed win with 25 points for a Group placement. A maximum of 25 points can be earned in a single show.
- 15 points awarded for a National Specialty Select, Award of Merit or Best of Opposite Sex.
Herding points according to the following schedule:
- 10 points for AKC or Canadian HT or AHBA HCT
- 15 points for an ACDCA QW or VQW earned prior to AKC Herding Trial titles
- 20 points for an AKC Pre-Trial title, AHBA JHD, or ASCA Started Trial Dog title on any stock
- 30 points for any AKC or Canadian Herding Started title, any AHBA Level I or ASCA Open Trial Dog title on any stock
- 10 points for Herding Started Master in addition to the points already earned for HS
- 40 points for an AKC or Canadian Herding Intermediate title, any AHBA Level II or ASCA Advanced title on any stock.
- 10 points for Herding Intermediate Master in addition to the points already earned for HI
- 50 points for an AKC or Canadian Herding Advanced title, any AHBA Level III or ASCA Post-Advanced title on any stock.
- 50 points for an ASCA Working Trial Champion title in addition to points already earned
- 100 points for an AKC or Canadian Herding Champion title or AHBA Herding Trial Champion in addition to points already earned.
- 10 points for Herding Excellent Master in addition to the points already earned for HX
- 40 points for ASCA RD, RTDc & RTDs herding titles
Obedience and Tracking points according to the following schedule:
- 5 points for Beginner Novice
- 5 points for Pre-Novice
- 15 points for Graduate Novice
- 15 points for Pre-Open
- 25 points for Graduate Open
- 25 points for Pre-Utility
- 35 points for Versatility
- 10 points for Obedience Master
- 25 points for Obedience Grand Master in addition to the points already earned for Obedience Master
- 75 points for National Obedience Champion
- 15 points for an AKC CD, TD or equivalent American, Canadian, Mexican, or FCI title
- 25 points for AKC CDX, TDX or equivalent American, Canadian, Mexican, or FCI title
- 35 points for AKC UD, UDX, VST or equivalent American, Canadian, Mexican, or FCI title
- 75 points for AKC OTCH, CT or equivalent American, Canadian, Mexican, or FCI Obedience or Tracking Championship title in addition to points already earned
Agility points according to the following schedule:
- 10 points for each AKC agility title or equivalent UKC, Canadian, Mexican or FCI title
- 75 points for AKC MACH or equivalent UKC, Canadian, Mexican, or FCI title in addition to points already earned
- 75 points for AKC PACH
Rally points according to the following schedule:
- 5 points for each AKC RN, RA, and RE title
- 10 points for an RAE title, or equivalent American, Canadian, Mexican or FCI titles
- 50 points for National Rally Champion
Other Performance Titles according to the following schedule:
- 5 points for a Schutzhund A, Schutzhund AD or ET
- 10 points for Schutzhund 1 and higher titles
- 10 points for AKC VCD1 and higher titles
- 10 points for ACDCA QW or VQW
- 15 points for ACDCA VQWX and VCH titles
- 5 points for Dock Diving, including the following thirty titles: DN, DA, DS, DM, DE, DNA, DJA, DSA, DMA, DEA, DNX, DJX, DSX, DMX, DEX, AN, AJ, AS, AM, AE, ANA, AJA, ASA, AMA, AEA, ANX, AJX, ASX, AMX, AEX
- 5 points for Barn Hunt, including the following six titles: RATN, RATO, RATS, RATM, RATCh, RATCHX
- 5 points for Fly Ball including the following three titles: FDCh, FM, ONYX
- 5 points for Lure Coursing including the following four titles: CAT, CA, CAA, CAX
- 5 points for Scent Work including the following fifty titles: SCN, SCA, SCE, SCM, SIN, SIA, SIE, SIM, SEN, SEA, SEE, SEM, SBN, SBA, SBE, SBM, SWN, SWA, SWE, SWM,SCNE, SCAE, SCEE, SCME, SINE, SIAE, SIEE, SIME, SENE, SEAE, SEEE, SEME, SBNE, SBAE, SBEE, SBME, SWNE, SWAE, SWEE, SWME, SHDN, SHDA, SHDE, SHDM, SHDNE, SHDAE, SHDEE, SHDME, SWD, SWNC
Other Certifications according to the following schedule:
- 10 points for Search and Rescue including the following four titles: SAR-U, SAR-U1, SAR-U2, SAR-W
- 10 points for Therapy Dog including the following five titles: THDN, THD, THDA, THDX, THDD
- 10 points for Temperament Tested certification by a National Breed Club
Health Testing according to the following schedule:
- 10 points for any health tests or health certifications (genetic testing including but not limited to prcd-PRA DNA tests; hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patellas, BAER tests for deafness, CAER exam at age 2 or later, only one CAER exam to count per dog) from a recognized body such as OFA, PennHip, OVC and similar, if results are published in a recognized third party open database. Normal results are not required to receive these points. Results for tests not relevant to the Australian Cattle Dog may be excluded.
ROM Progeny according to the following schedule:
- 10 points for any offspring earning a ROM title
ROM dogs and bitches according to the following schedule:
- 100 points for AKC Dual Championship
- 100 points for AKC Triple Championship
ROM EXCELLENT (ROMX)
A ROM dog or bitch will be designated as a ROMX if they have both three or more offspring with AKC conformation championships and three or more offspring with an AKC HX.
One application for ROM points must be submitted for each dog/bitch applying for ROM status. A separate application form must be submitted for each of the offspring being used to satisfy the progeny requirements (AKC Champion, Companion Dog and Herding Started title) for initial ROM status. In addition, a form should be submitted for each dog/ bitch that is being used to accumulate additional points for the ROM sire or dam. These forms should be accompanied by the necessary documents or published information per each schedule. The ROM owner should keep a duplicate copy of everything being sent for their future reference. All information should be typed or neatly printed, making sure the dog or bitch’s name is correct, as this is how the name will appear on the award.
ROM OWNER RESPONSIBLE FOR UPDATES
The ROM is an applied for award, so it is the owner’s responsibility to keep the committee informed of any point increases or any new ROM applicant dogs. The owner of the ROM dog/bitch must be a member in good standing of the ACDCA to apply. Once the ROM award is attained, it is considered permanent and non-conditional on membership of the owner(s). However, unless the owner or one of the co-owners is a member in good standing, additional ROM points for the ROM point standings will not be considered.As the ROM dog/bitch or offspring obtain additional titles, the application for ROM points form should be submitted for each animal, along with the necessary verification documents or published information. Verified points will be added to the records and the updated ROM standings will be published in the ACD Quarterly.
CO-OWNED ROM DOGS
Co-owned applicant dogs/bitches must have one co-owner that is a current ACDCA member at the time the ROM is applied for and the plaque, or certificate, will be sent to the first ACDCA member co-owner listed. Duplicate plaques or certificates may be obtained from the Awards Committee for a fee.
VERIFICATION OF TITLES AND TEST RESULTS
Each title or result must include one or more of the following:
A photocopy of the Title Certificate, Certification, or test results OR
a photocopy of the page containing the publication of the title from a source such as the “AKC Awards”, the Awards section of “Dogs in Canada”, or the Official Kennel Publication for any organization offering recognized and listed ROM-eligible titles OR
The Volume, Date, and page number of the “AKC Awards” where the AKC title is published OR
Any official signed original document from AKC Event Records substantiating any eligible title OR
A printout or screen print from the database/reports features of the AKC, OFA, or CAER websites if it can be independently verified by the ROM Committee.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION, DOCUMENTATION AND UPDATES (Mail submissions by USPS, UPS, FedEx, or other carrier.)
No signature required:
Attn: ROM Submission
630 Mountainview Estates Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Signature required Monday-Thursday business hours only:
ATTN: ROM Submission
2791 Shepherdsville Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Questions regarding submissions may be texted to Diana Cagney at (270) 401-1302.