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

Updated on May 30, 2017
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Kristin is a dog agility instructor and competitor with almost 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 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

Bronze
Silver
Gold
Century
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
All qualifying scores must be earned out of the Excellent B level.

JWW Lifetime Achievement Titles

Bronze
Silver
Gold
Century
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
All qualifying scores must be earned out of the Excellent B level.

FAST Lifetime Achievement Titles

Bronze
Silver
Gold
Century
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
All qualifying scores must be earned out of the Excellent B level.
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 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.

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.

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.

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