Description of CSPCA Awards & Recognitions

Provided by the CSPCA Public Education Committee Deena Harvey and Alice Fix, Co-Chairmen with assistance from Grace Fritz, Beth Haas, Di Leslie, Todd Paddock, Harry Roach, Georgette Schaefer, Deb Walker

Various awards are presented at the Awards Banquet which is held each year at the CSPCA National Specialty Dog Show. You must be a member of the CSPCA to qualify for any of these awards. This is just a brief summary of the awards. The actual requirements and more information on any of these awards is available in the CSPCA Policy and Procedure Manual (PPM). It can be found in the “Member’s Only” area of the CSPCA website.

AGILITY AWARDS

Each year the top Shar-Pei that have competed in Agility are recognized with awards. The AKC top agility dogs report only shows dogs competing at the highest level, so in order to receive recognition it is the responsibility of the owner/handler to keep up with the required information and submit it to the Agility Chairperson. You must send the information from each qualifying leg of a title—score, standard course time, actual time, and placement (if any) to the Agility Chairman by July 1 each year. Instructions for submitting information and rules can be found on the CSPCA website. On the home page, click on the Dog Recognition button, click on Agility, and then click on Agility Rules to obtain this information. First through fourth highest scoring places are awarded for the following classes:

Novice Agility (NA)Novice Agility Preferred (NAP)
Novice Agility Jumper (NAJ)Novice Agility Jumper Preferred (NJP)
Open Agility (OA)Open Agility Preferred (OAP)
Open Agility Jumper (OAJ)Open Agility Jumper Preferred (OJP)
Agility Excellent (AX)Agility Excellent Preferred (AXJ)
Agility Excellent Jumper (AXJ)Agility Excellent Jumper Preferred (AJP)
Master Agility Excellent (MX)Master Agility Excellent Preferred (MXP)
Master Agility Jumpers With Weaves (MXJ)
Master Agility Jumpers With Weaves Preferred (MXP)

VERSATILITY AWARDS

These awards are a way to recognize the versatility of the Shar-Pei. These dogs have titles in two or more areas of competition. One must apply for this award. Application forms and the rules required for application are available on the CSPCA website. On the home page, click on the Dog Recognition button, Click on Versatility, and then Versatility Rules. Complete instructions are listed, as well as how to send the necessary information to the Versatility Chairman.

CHIC AWARDS

This award recognizes the Shar-Pei that have taken all of the 5 required health tests and allow the results of the tests to be posted on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website. The tests are: Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, and a CERF Eye Exam. You can find more information about this under the CHIC button on our website.

OBEDIENCE AWARDS

Each year the CSPCA recognizes the top scoring obedience dogs for the year. All the dogs’ scores are tallied by the Obedience Chairman from the AKC Events and Awards Catalog. There is no need to apply for these awards. Awards are given for the first through third places with the top average scores of the three legs in the following classes:

  • Novice
  • Open
  • Utility

RALLY OBEDIENCE AWARDS

These awards are presented by the same criteria as the Obedience Awards. The Rally Chairman tallies all the dogs’ scores from the AKC Events and Awards Catalog. Awards are given for the first through third places with the top average scores of the three legs in the following classes:

  • Rally Novice
  • Rally Advanced
  • Rally Excellent

FUTURITY/MATURITY ENCORE AWARD

This award is presented to a dog that wins first place in its class in Futurity competition, then the following year it also wins first place in it’s class in the Maturity competition.

REGISTER OF MERIT (ROM)

ROM awards are given to Chinese Shar-Pei that have produced the required number of champions to qualify for this award. Any Chinese Shar-Pei male owned or co-owned by a member of the CSPCA will automatically qualify for the title of “Register Of Merit” when he has a minimum of ten get which have earned their conformation championship title (not necessarily out of the same dam). And any Chinese Shar-Pei female owned or co-owned by a member of the CSPCA will automatically qualify for the title of “Register of Merit” when she has a minimum of five offspring that have earned their conformation championship title (not necessarily sired by the same male). The Chairman of this committee keeps the records and any dog that meets these qualifications during the year will qualify to be recognized at the Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the National Specialty the year following such eligibility.

THERAPY AWARDS

Any dog that has earned an AKC Therapy Dog title during the year will qualify for a Therapy Award. One must apply for this award in order to receive the recognition. Instructions of how to apply and the necessary proof of eligibility needed to send to the Therapy Chairman are listed on the CSPCA website. On the home page, click on the Dog Recognition button, then click on Therapy, and then click on Therapy Rules to obtain this information.

TOP DOG AND TOP BITCH AWARDS

The purpose of these Awards is to promote the exhibition of Chinese Shar-Pei in the various Regional Shows and Specialty Shows as well as at the National Specialty. The top winning dogs at each Specialty show receives a point for each dog defeated. The Top Dog Chairman keeps a record for all the winning dogs, obtained from the AKC awards books. The Top Dog and the Top Bitch are recognized at the National Specialty Awards dinner. The official competition year is from January 1 to December 31. You can find the formula for calculating the points for this award in the PPM, under Top Dog Award. The PPM can be found on the CSPCA website, in the Members Only area.

TOP VETERAN DOG AND TOP VETERAN BITCH

To promote the exhibition of Veteran Chinese Shar-Pei in the Regional Shows, Specialty Shows and the National Specialty Shows, the points for these awards are tabulated solely on wins at those shows.

TOP DAM & TOP SIRE

To honor the top producing Chinese Shar-Pei sire and dam of each year.

CSPCA CANINE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (CDSA)

This award was established by the CSPCA in 2008 as a way to recognize those Chinese Shar-Pei that have performed some exemplary act that has significantly benefited a community or an individual. The act must be so significant that it would be defined as extraordinary. For a dog to be eligible, it must be a pure bred Shar-Pei, and either registered or eligible for registration with AKC. The full details on how to nominate someone for this award can be found in the Policy and Procedure Manual, located in the “Member’s Only” area of the CSPCA website.

FIRST AWARDS:

The CSPCA recognizes the first Shar-Pei to earn a new title. It must be a title that has never been earned by any other dog in our breed, and the owner must be a member of the CSPCA in order to be recognized.