The innate abilities, instincts and
intelligence of Labrador retrievers have led to the popularity
of the breed as companions, sporting and working dogs. The
purpose of the Versatility program is:
To recognize and preserve the inherent traits of the
breed and to encourage owners to enjoy them To encourage
and acknowledge the achievements of Labrador retrievers and
their owners in a variety of established activities To
encourage owners to provide opportunities for their dogs to
participate in the many ways in which Labrador retrievers are
capable of working and thereby enable dogs and owners to know
the joy of working together.
In order to
apply to for these awards, the owner must be a member in good
standing of the BCLRC. The Awards are lifetime as opposed to
annual awards. Achievements are accumulated through the
lifetime of the dog.
Achievements that go towards the
Versatility Award are carried forward to the Versatility
Excellent Award. Unless otherwise stated, Canadian and
American achievements are eligible as criteria.
Deceased dogs meeting registration requirements and
having fulfilled all the requirements for certification are
eligible for the award if the owner was a member of BCLRC when
the dog was alive.
All necessary documentation must be
completed and submitted to the Awards Chair for review. Only
Labrador Retrievers are eligible for the Versatility Program.
The Versatility Award requires three achievements in a
minimum of three categories. The Versatility Excellent Award
requires six achievements in a minimum of four categories. For
both awards, one of the achievements must be in the field
category. Only one achievement at each level in a category
will be counted. For example, if a dog has earned both CKC and
AKC agility novice jumpers with weaves title, only one of
these will be counted.
Dog A has earned
a CKC CGN, CD, CH, WC/JH, and WCI. (5 achievements) Dog B
has earned a CKC CD, JH, CH (3 achievements) Dog C is not
eligible. Although it has earned a CKC WC/JH WCI, AgN (3
achievements), the achievements are only for 2 categories.
has earned a CKC CGN, WC/JH, AgNS/AgNJS. It has earned AKC RN,
RA and RE titles. It also participates in 7-10 Therapy dog
visits each year. (7 achievements)