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Deciphering the AKC's Lifetime Achievement Titles in Agility: The Metallics

Kristin is a dog agility instructor and competitor with 20 years in the sport.

Aslan's Metallic titles include MXB2 (125 - 149 qualifying scores in the Standard class), MJS2 (150 - 174 qualifying scores in the JWW Class), MJBP (25 - 49 qualifying scores in the Preferred JWW class).

Aslan's Metallic titles include MXB2 (125 - 149 qualifying scores in the Standard class), MJS2 (150 - 174 qualifying scores in the JWW Class), MJBP (25 - 49 qualifying scores in the Preferred JWW class).

An Explanation of the AKC's Lifetime Achievement Titles

In an effort not to leave any qualifying scores behind, the American Kennel Club (AKC) instituted the Lifetime Achievement Titles in July 2012 for their agility program. These new titles are meant to count all qualifying scores in Excellent B in the Standard, Jumpers With Weaves (JWW), and FAST classes.

In the confusing alphabet soup of AKC agility titles, the Lifetime Achievement Titles are an excellent way to honor all qualifying scores earned by agility teams. These interesting titles—also called the Metallics—allow the dog's total qualifying scores in Standard, JWW, and FAST to be displayed in one title for each class. However, it takes some mental work to begin to decipher the titles.

The Four Types of Titles

The titles are divided into four different types:

  • Bronze is for dogs who have earned 25–49 qualifying scores in any one class.
  • Silver is for dogs who have earned 50–74 qualifying scores in any one class.
  • Gold is for dogs who have earned 75–99 qualifying scores in any one class.
  • Century is for dogs who have earned 100–124 qualifying scores in any one class.

But what happens if a dog earns 250 legs in JWW class, let's say? This isn't unheard of. Will they only be granted a Century title and the rest of the qualifying legs ignored?

The AKC has used the "number after the title" system to define further titles. So a dog who has earned 250 qualifying scores will get a Silver title with the number 3 after it—meaning they earned the first Silver at 50 qualifying scores, the second Silver at 150 scores, and finally the third Silver at 250. While the tables below end at MXC3, there is really no limit to the number possible after the title. A dog could possibly earn a MXB13 (1,225–1,249 qualifying scores) or even higher.

Still confused? Let's look at some tables.

Standard Class Lifetime Achievement Titles

All qualifying scores must be earned out of the Excellent B level.

BronzeSilverGoldCentury

25–49 qualifying scores

50–74 qualifying scores

75–99 qualifying scores

100–125 qualifying scores

Bronze title: MXB

Silver title: MXS

Gold title: MXG

Century title: MXC

125–149 legs: MXB2

150–174 legs: MXS2

175–199 legs: MXG2

200–224 legs: MXC2

225–249 legs: MXB3

250–274 legs: MXS3

275–299 legs: MXG3

300–324 legs: MXC3

JWW Lifetime Achievement Titles

All qualifying scores must be earned out of the Excellent B level.

BronzeSilverGoldCentury

25–49 qualifying scores

50–74 qualifying scores

75–99 qualifying scores

100–125 qualifying scores

Bronze title: MJB

Silver title: MJS

Gold title: MJG

Century title: MJC

125–149 legs: MJB2

150–174 legs: MJS2

175–199 legs: MJG2

200–224 legs: MJC2

225–249 legs: MJB3

250–274 legs: MJS3

275–299 legs: MJG3

300–324 legs: MJC3

FAST Lifetime Achievement Titles

All qualifying scores must be earned out of the Excellent B level.

BronzeSilverGoldCentury

25–49 qualifying scores

50–74 qualifying scores

75–99 qualifying scores

100–125 qualifying scores

Bronze title: MFB

Silver title: MFS

FGold title: MFG

Century title: MFC

125–149 legs: MFB2

150–174 legs: MFS2

175–199 legs: MFG2

200–224 legs: MFC2

225–249 legs: MFB3

250–274 legs: MFS3

275–299 legs: MFG3

300–324 legs: MFC3

Aslan jumping over the triple spread jump.

Aslan jumping over the triple spread jump.

For fast dogs in the Excellent B class who had already earned their Masters Titles, all they had left to achieve used to be the MACH. To earn a MACH, a dog needs 20 Double Qs (qualifying in Standard and JWW Classes on the same day) and 750 champion points. A champion point (also called a speed point) is given for each full second a dog comes in under standard course time. So if the standard course time is 73 seconds and a dog runs the course cleanly in 68 seconds, five champion points are earned. All champion points and Double Qs must be earned out of the Excellent B level.

Benefits of the Lifetime Achievement Titles

In agility, slower dogs are usually more accurate. Therefore, they qualify more often, running clean. However, they aren't very fast. So while they get plenty of Double Qs, they lack speed (champion) points. Conversely, fast dogs usually don't qualify as often, but they rack up the speed points. So while they get plenty of speed points, they lack Double Qs.

This lack of Double Qs (qualifying in the Standard and JWW classes on the same day) for fast dogs caused a problem. When an owner of a fast dog ran their first run of the day—say a Standard run—and did not qualify (NQ), then really there was no reason to run the JWW run later in the day. The dog only needs Double Qs—not speed points—so once one run was a no qualifier, then the day was essentially done. The dog and handler could (and almost always did) run for fun, but no titles could be earned.

The Lifetime Achievement Titles get rid of this problem. Now, the second run of the day still matters as far as titles are concerned as every run counts toward the Metallics.

The AKC also decided that dogs who have done agility since 1999 will have their qualifying scores "grandfathered" into the Metallics, and the titles will be awarded, even if the dog has passed or is no longer competing in agility.

Fixing an Old Problem and Honoring Agility Teams

This new wrinkle in agility titles may be confusing, but it "fixes" an issue that fast, advanced teams have had to deal with for years. Now if a team doesn't hit the first run of a Double Q on any day, there's still titling reason to be competitive in the second run. And Lifetime Achievement Titles are a great way to honor the skill and consistency of all advanced agility teams.

Additional Source

1. AKC Agility Titles: What Do the Letters Following a Dog's Name Mean?