Versatility and Performance Awards Rules

This program is for MASCUSA members and their AKC Miniature American Shepherds only.

Requirements

VC Requirements

Dog must have earned titles with points in 3 of 4 AKC categories (Conformation, Obedience/Rally, Herding, Agility). At least one title must be in conformation, and at least one title must be a herding title - any stock or course, started level or beyond. A total of 20 points or more are required to earn the VC.

VCX Requirements

Dog must have earned titles with points in all 4 of the 4 AKC categories (Conformation, Obedience/Rally, Herding, Agility). One of these titles must be earned in conformation and one (HI) or two (HS level) must be earned in herding. For the VCX, the herding requirement may be fulfilled one of two ways - 1) by earning an intermediate title (any stock and course) or by earning started titles on two different stock, any course. A total of 30 points or more must be earned.

PC Requirements

Dog must have earned titles with points in 2 of the 3 following AKC categories (Obedience/Rally, Herding, Agility). At least one title must be a herding title - any stock or course, started level or beyond. A total of 20 points or more are required to earn the PC.

PCX Requirements

Dog must have earned titles with points in all 3 of the following 3 AKC categories (Obedience/Rally, Herding, Agility). One of these titles must be earned in herding. For the PCX, the herding requirement may be fulfilled one of two ways - 1) by earning an intermediate title (any stock and course) or by earning two started titles (two different stock, any course). A total of 30 points or more must be earned.

Point Schedule

Points given to highest level only, not each level.

Conformation
Champion (CH) 6
Grand Champion (GCH) 8
Obedience/Rally
Rally Advanced (RA) 4
Rally Excellent (RE) 6
Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) 8
Rally Champion (RACH) 10
Companion Dog (CD) 4
Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) 6
Utility Dog (UD) 10
Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) 12
Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) 14
Herding*
Herding Started (HS) 6
Herding Intermediate (HI) 8
Herding Excellent (HX) 12
Herding Champion (HC) 14
Agility**
Novice Agility Preferred (NAP) & Novice Agility Jumpers with Weaves Preferred (NJP) 3
Open Agility Preferred (OAP) & Open Jumpers with Weaves Preferred (OJP) 5
Agility Excellent Preferred (AXP) & Agility Excellent Jumpers with Weaves Preferred (AJP) 9
Master Agility Excellent Preferred (MXP) & Master Excellent Jumpers with Weaves Preferred (MJP) 11
Preferred Agility Champion (PACH) 13
Novice Agility (NA) & Novice Agility Jumpers with Weaves (NAJ) 4
Open Agility (OA) & Open Jumpers with Weaves (OAJ) 6
Agility Excellent (AX) & Agility Excellent Jumpers with Weaves (AXJ) 10
Master Agility Excellent (MX) & Master Excellent Jumpers with Weaves (MXJ) 12
Master Agility Champion (MACH) 14

*Herding – one title is credited per type of stock, but only one course is credited. For example, an HSA on ducks or sheep, each is credited as an HS, and the course on which it is earned does not matter. So a dog could earn HS for sheep and ducks and HI for cattle for a total of 20 points.

**Agility – points cannot be earned for both regular and preferred classes at the same level. The regular class takes precedence over the preferred class. Dogs must earn both titles (standard, jumpers) at each level to receive credit for the points for that level.

Additional point calculation clarification - you count at the highest level of title obtained only. So a dog with CH, RA, CDX, NA, NAJ, HSBs, and HIAd would get points as follows: 6, 4, 6, 4, 6, 8. NA and NAJ are counted once since they both must be earned to get any points. You don't add lower titles, e.g. 4 for the RA and 6 for the RE. Conformation points only count towards VC and VCX titles. In this example, this dog would qualify for a VCX.

To apply for the Versatility and Performance Awards, submit the Versatility and Performance Awards Application.

Download the Versatility and Performance Awards Rules

Approved by the MASCUSA Board of Directors April 13, 2021.