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Registry Of Merit

The future of the Vizsla rests with the sires and dams who have demonstrated their ability to provide for successive generations. In recognition of their contributions to the breed, the VCA awards the Registry of Merit (ROM) Certificate to those Vizslas whose offspring reflect the breed’s character and purpose, as evidenced by the titles achieved.

ROM status is given to a sire who:

  1. Produces progeny earning at least 36 titles points among them, but no fewer than 5 and no more than 12 progeny may so qualify. To qualify, each progeny must earn either:
    1. three point or higher title, or
    2. any combination of two 2 point titles, except that no more than three progeny may so qualify
  2. Produces qualifying progeny in at least two of the four areas represented or one Versatility Certificate progeny. The four areas are as follows: conformation, field/hunting, obedience/rally/agility and tracking.

ROM status is given to a dam who:

  1. Produces progeny earning at least 24 title points among them, but no fewer than 5 and no more than 9 progeny may so qualify. To qualify, each progeny must earn either:
    1. a three point or higher title, or
    2. any combination of two 2 point titles, except that no more than three progeny may so qualify
  2. Produces qualifying progeny in at least two of the four areas represented or one Versatility Certificate progeny. The four areas are as follows: conformation, field/hunting, obedience/rally/agility and tracking.

General Guidelines & Tabulation

The ROM recognizes the dog or bitch that qualifies. Certificates will be mailed to the name and address that is included on the application. Registry of Merit credit is given for AKC titles earned in all areas of endeavor, as well as the VCA Versatility Certificate. Points for titles on each dog are added across from column to column, but not vertically within the same column. For example, a dog with a UD earns 5 points, not the total for CD + CDX + UD. An FC or AFC earns 7 points, but an FC+AFC earns only 9 points because some of the amateur points can count for both titles. The VC is 3 points if earned by versatility tests passes or 8 points if earned as CH + CD + SH as a result of AKC competition. However, one may not total the two for 11 points. Dogs earning an NA and NAP may only take 3 points, not 2 points for the NA and an additional 2 points for the NAP. In addition, triple champions accumulate points for CH + FC + OTCH. Dual champions earn points for CH + FC.

Applications must be filled out completely, including OFA numbers of sires and dams, and must be signed. Attach copies of all documentation to the form so they can be cross-referenced to your application. Once the information is verified, you will receive your ROM certificate. There is a $10 ROM fee for each dog for VCA members. Fee for dogs that belong to non-members is $35 per dog. Checks should be made payable to the Vizsla Club of America, Inc. Applications received without an accompanying check will not be processed. Please contact Karen Lake (karen@moonlightvizslas.com) with any questions or to obtain her mailing address or phone.

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