The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is currently recorded through AKC's Foundation Stock Services. This is the first step in getting full AKC recognition of the breed.
AKC Clubs host various FSS Open shows across the country. These follow the standard conformation show format, but have different rules. In FSS shows, professional handlers are only allowed if they are the owner on record of the dog being shown. In an FSS show, dogs cannot earn points towards a Championship, but they do earn points towards a Certificate of Merit, showing that the dog is indeed a good example of the breed.
The Certificate of Merit (CM) title is an introductory title to AKC conformation events. Entrants in each breed shall compete for Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed. Winners of the Best of Breed in each of the individual breeds or varieties will be awarded points toward the CM title based on the number of dogs defeated in their breed or variety. Winners of Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed in each of the individual breeds or varieties will be awarded points towards the Certificate of Merit (CM) title based on the number of dogs defeated in their sex. Group winners will be eligible for the highest number of points earned by any breed within that Group. Best in Show will be eligible for the highest number of points earned by any breed entered.
The Certificate of Merit requires 15 points awarded in accordance with the following points structure.
Dogs Competing Points
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