DEFINITION OF FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

The following is a list of abbreviations regarding championship awards, as indicated on French pedigrees and what they refer to:

CACS
RCACS
CACIB
RCACIB
CACT
RCACT
CACIT

CHT
CHIT
CHFTA or CHA
CHFTP or CHP
CHB  or CHCS
CHIB
Championship of Standard (beauty championship)
Reserve
International Beauty Championship
Reserve
Working Championship (Travail=Field Trial)
Reserve
International Championship  (The CACT are awarded one for each stake, while the CACIT is in competition between the CACT winners)
Trial Champion
International Field Champion
Shot game trial (A=Automn trials-on released birds, generally pheasants)
Spring Field Trial (P=printemps, spring - exclusively natural birds)
National Beauty Champion
International Beauty Champion

OTHER DESIGNATIONS

TR
TAN
Trialer
Natural Aptitude Test Awarded

To become a champion, a field trial dog has to be rated at least "VERY GOOD" in a show, and to become a Show Champion, a dog has to be awarded in a field trial.

AWARDS REQUIRED FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

CHA or CHP = 4 CACT (dogs) or 3 CACT (bitches) in solo under different judges + a "Very Good" in show.
CHT = 1 CACT shot game solo + 1 CACT spring solo + 1 CACT shot game couple + 1 CACT spring couple.
CHCS = 3 CACS under different judges + mention "Excellent" in field trial. The total must be compiled within 2 years after the 3rd CACS.
CHIB = 2 CACIB in 2 countries, with at least 365 days between them, and one being won in France for french owners, + at least a "Good" or a 3rd place in field trial.
CHIT = 2 CACIT in 2 different countries.

French Field Trials

Field trials in Europe, and specifically France, are considerably different than those we are used to in the U.S. A summarization of a field trial in France:
The breeds are split between english breeds (a wider ground exploration is expected than for the other breeds) and the continental breeds (brittanys and GSP the majority). They are run in solo or couple (braces). The time allowed to find game is 15 minutes. A dog of merit with no encounter can be given a second chance at the end of the day - it runs then until the point or the fault, if not exhausted.

At spring time trials, the dogs are expected to run approximately at 100 yards on each side, 30 yards before the handler - who must walk in a promenade pace - generally held on short wheat. At fall trials (shot game trials)  the dogs are expected to run approximately 60 yards each side, often on sugar beets).  In itself it is not the distance that is appreciated, but the fact that if the game is scarce the wider and faster a dog goes, the more chance it has to meet birds. The birds for field trials are wild grey partridges in spring trials, wild or released greys in summer (stubble or beets), released pheasants in shot game field trials (except for some specific trials held on woodcocks, snipes and black grouse). ALL field trials are WALKED - NO horseback at all.

Once on point, the dog has to keep steady until the handler rejoins him, orders the dog to flush (or flushes the bird himself - either way is acceptable). Must be steady to wing and shot. If the bird is shot, the retrieve is ordered by the judge to the handler who then orders his dog. Bird giving seated and in hand is appreciated. When running in couple, the dogs must honor without intervention of their handler.

T.A.N.
Natural Hunting Ability Tests

Natural hunting ability tests, abbreviated and shown on French pedigrees and UKC pedigrees as T.A.N., are just that - a test of a young dog's natural ability.  It consists of ten minutes, maximum, of quartering on released birds.  The dogs are examined one by one.  They must show hunting ability, they must show their pointing nature, hold the point until the handler comes along and show they are not gun shy (.22 or .32 starter gun).  An exception to holding the point can be made by the judge if he/she determines that the point was a very neat point held for "enough" time followed by an unwanted flush.

In theory, a dog should not be denied, but postponed, if he fails.   It is only a dog of sufficient age to have some shooting experience (for example, a dog over 2 years old) who can be definitely refused.  Therefore, if a dog fails, he is allowed new attempts until he is 36 months old.  The age limit to enter is 36 months. 

Epagneul Breton Club U.S.A.
French Brittany Gun Dog Association of America, Inc.

French Brittany Spaniel Gun Dog Club

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