ABdFC Awards and
Qualifications for Awards
These awards are certificates automatically issued to club
members for any AKC title earned on a Bouvier for the year. The year covers the
AKC Awards publications from October of one year through September of the
following year, covering titles earned from July 1 through June 30. The dog must
be owned or co-owned by a member of the ABdFC.
The certificates are available at the Annual Awards Dinner at the National
Specialty each year. Unclaimed certificates are mailed. Lists of awards winners
are published in the Dirty Beards each year.
Dogs earning sufficient "points" for participating and competing
in a variety of areas can qualify for a versatility award. The areas of
participation include conformation, obedience, tracking, therapy dog
activity, herding, agility, coursing, and any other activity that can be
verified, that shows the versatile nature of the breed.
Application must be made to and specific criteria can be obtained from the
There are three levels of this award, Basic, Excellent and Champion.
Dogs who are awarded one of these titles receives an Award Certificate and a
medal in the appropriate color engraved with the dog's name and title. The
medals are Bronzetone for Basic, Silvertone for Excellent and Goldtone for
Champion. There is no cost to the applicant.
This is a special competition held at the National Specialty Show
once each year. There typically is no entry fee, but each dog must be registered
in advance for the scores to count. Each dog must compete in at least three
different activities offered at the Specialty. Points are awarded based on the
scores earned in each event, with the dog with the highest total points being
declared the winner. Specific scoring criteria can be obtained from
More details on the Multi-level award
The winner is announced at the Annual Awards Banquet. The Winner receives a
bronze Bouvier statue. The Reserve winner also is honoured with a smaller bronze
The ABdFC Club Statistician keeps a record of each dog earning a
title during the calendar year. The Sire and Dam of each dog earning any AKC
title are tracked.
The Stud Dog/Brood Bitch producing the highest number of offspring earning
titles during the calendar year are automatically awarded with an Award
Certificate, and a wooden Bouvier Plaque with a plate engraved with the award
earned. These are also awarded at the Annual Awards Banquet at the National
Specialty each year.
Veterinarian of The
The ABRL offers this award annually to a deserving veterinarian.
Members can nominate any veterinarian they feel is deserving of this award.
A short description of the reasons why the nominee should be awarded the
Veterinarian Of The Year along with a $5 nominating fee (Donation to ABRL) needs to be sent to
Marcia Proud 123 Silver Dollar Road, Barnesville, GA, 30204-3217 by September 20th for that
A panel of 3 judges will decide the winner. An inscribed plaque will be
awarded to the winner at the Specialty Awards Dinner that year.
Dog Hero Of The Year
Nominations for the Bouvier Dog Hero Of The Year are made to the
current Specialty Show Chairman. The Chairman or the Show Committee selects the
winner, who is announced at the Annual Awards Banquet. The winner is awarded a
Bouvier Plaque commemorating the award.
Nominations include a short description of why the dog deserves the award,
submitted a few weeks before the Specialty event, to the current Specialty Show
and Breeder-Owner-Handler Awards
These awards will be based on an application process (not be
awarded automatically). There will be no cost to the applicant, but the Owner
Handler/Breeder Owner Handler will be required to be a club member. For
more information, contact the Handler Awards Chair.
The ABdFC Board of Directors may offer such other special awards
as they choose to.