Honors and Awards Committee

The French Bull Dog Club of America provides various means in which members and their dogs can recognize their achievements. Some awards are given annually and others are for lifetime achievement. Some of the awards are not automatically given and require an application to be submitted to the Honors & Awards Committee.

All awards offered as of May, 2014 are listed below.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS THIS YEAR IS JULY 31, 2016.
AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT THE 2016 FBDCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY
CONTACT THE HONORS & AWARDS CHAIRS COMMITTEE – Allen Weinberg – a.g.weinberg@gmail.com

ANNUAL AWARDS FOR MEMBERS:

FBDCA Owner Handler Award and Breeder/Owner Handler Award
Each of these awards are given to the top qualified applicants based on the number of dogs defeated in breed judging as stated in the Canine Chronicle Breed Statistics for the calendar year, or AKC standings using “breed totals” for the same calendar year.

These award are given annually at the FBDCA Annual Awards Banquet. The time frame for consideration shall be from January 1st to December 31st of the year before the National Specialty.

Members seeking consideration for these awards must submit an application. Handlers must be active FBDCA members in good standing and the dogs must be AKC registered French Bulldogs. Professional Handlers, (those who earn more than $1.00 per year for handling) are not eligible for this Award.

Applications for 2015 are now being accepted until July 31st, 2016. Please contact the Honors and Awards Committee Chair, Allen Weinberg, at a.g.weinberg[at]gmail.com

FBDCA Best Junior Handler Award
This award is offered to a Junior Showmanship competitor who resides in the household of an FBDCA member and who has earned the greatest number of points handling a French Bulldog during the previous calendar year. Currently the FBDCA uses year-end statistics as compiled by www.caninechronicle.com

FBDCA/AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award
Each year, the AKC provides a Sportsmanship Medallion to each AKC parent club to be awarded to one of the club’s members. The member receiving this medallion is someone who best embodies the AKC Code of Sportsmanship in their actions and dealings with others, and is an active and valued member of the club.

Nominations for 2015 are to be determined. After the nomination process closes, FBDCA members are given the ability to read each application and vote on the nominees.

The medallion is presented each year at the National Specialty Annual Awards Dinner.

Read more about the AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award and see names of prior FBDCA winners, along with other breed club winner here: AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR MEMBERS:

The Janis Hampton Award for Service
The Janis Hampton Award for Service is awarded as a lifetime achievement award for someone who has rendered exceptional service to the club and the breed over an extended period of time. It is not to be awarded for competition or breeding, for which there are other awards. The Janis Hampton Award for Service is subject to FBDCA Board approval. This is not intended as an annual award, but will be given only on those occasions when clearly merited.


ANNUAL AWARDS FOR DOGS:

FBDCA Top Conformation Dog Award
This award is given to the member-owned French Bulldog with the most Breed Points according to the Canine Chronicle breed point system for the previous calendar year.

FBDCA Outstanding Agility Dog Award
For detailed information regarding the criteria for this award and for how to apply, click here.

FBDCA Oustanding Obedience Dog Award
For detailed information regarding the criteria for this award and for how to apply, click here.

FBDCA Oustanding Rally Dog Award
For detailed information regarding the criteria for this award and for how to apply, click here.

The annual CHIC/Parent Club Champion of Health Award
This award is handled by the Health & Genetics Committee. More information can be found here.


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FOR DOGS
Lifetime Achievement Awards are intended to honor FBDCA member-owned dogs who have achieved significant distinction in an AKC recognized activity other than conformation. Most dogs only earn one of these awards once, and the award is given for extraordinary lifetime achievement. Lifetime Achievement Awards are intended for living dogs or very recently deceased dogs (within the last year). The deadline to nominate any dog for a lifetime achievement award for this year is July 31st, 2016.

The Babar Award for Outstanding Achievement In Agility
Click here to read more about the Babar Award and its winners.

The Sterling Award For Outstanding Achievement In Therapy
Click here to read more about the Sterling Award and its winners.

The Joy Award for Outstanding Achievement In Obedience and/or Rally
The award was first approved in 2012. Click here to read more about the Joy Award.

Project 14 Award for Longevity
This award was first approved in 2014. The goals are to both encourage discussion among FBDCA breeder members regarding longevity with the goal of increasing the life expectancy of our dogs, and to recognize our breeders’  and members’ contributions to the health and welfare of the most senior of senior dogs. Any French Bulldog owned or co-owned by an FBDCA member that attains its 14th birthday will be eligible for recognition. To receive the award, you must affirm in writing that the dog is living or that it deceased on or after July 31, 2015. To apply, simply submit a photocopy of AKC registration for the French Bulldog, a short biography of the dog, and a photograph (or several) at any age. Owners are encouraged to share their thoughts on any factor(s) that they feel may have contributed to their dogs’ longevity. Email the head of the Honors & Awards committee, Allen Weinberg, with your application, at a.g.weinberg@gmail.com

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CUMULATIVE AWARDS FOR MEMBERS:

FBDCA Breeder of Distinction
This Award is given to any FBDCA member who has bred a minimum of 15 AKC Conformation Champions. The award requires that you apply. Provide documentary proof in the form of AKC Championship Certificates or other verifiable proof to the Chair of the Honors & Awards Committee. The deadline this year is July 31, 2016.

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CUMULATIVE AWARDS FOR DOGS:

Registry of Merit (ROM)
The FBDCA Board first approved a Registry of Merit on September 16, 2002.
This Registry has been designed to recognize those dogs and bitches who, by their genetic makeup and their use in a breeding program is improving the health of the French Bulldog breed, and is attempting to bring about greater conformance to the breed standard.
There is a multi-tiered set of awards for admission to the Registry of Merit. To be admitted to the Registry, the dog or bitch must be shown to be sound, healthy, and of breeding quality, in addition to achieving an AKC title or titles, including Conformation, Obedience, Agility, or other Performance Event.
Higher levels of ROM awards recognize not only the dog or bitch’s quality, but also their ability to pass these characteristics on to their progeny. There are four different levels of achievement, which are designated as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
For full details on the program, click here.

Versatility Award (VOM)
This program was introduced in 2012. The purpose of the FBDCA Versatility Award is to recognize French Bulldogs who demonstrate soundness, trainability and athleticism. Adherence to the breed standard is encouraged (see “Conformation” category). These are dogs who are ambassadors for the breed, showing aptitude for skills which – although not traditional for our breed – are deserving of commendation by the club.
For the VOM application, click here. [last revised March / 2016]