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Versatility Awards

The Versatility Awards Program is part of the National Specialty. This program rewards the overall versatility, capabilities and efforts of the Portuguese Water Dog competing in a variety of events at the National Specialty. To be eligible dogs must be entered, compete and qualify in three or more areas of competition where points are tallied for placements 1 through 4. The scoring system allows dogs at all levels to compete and be recognized for their achievements.

Download the Versatility Awards Entry Form

Scoring for Versatility Awards

updated July 8 2022*

1. CKC Conformation

Points are given in all classes eligible for Best of Breed and Altered:

1st place 4 points
2nd place 3 points
3rd place 2 points
4th place 1 point

Class size
There must be a minimum of 5 dogs in the class for Conformation or points will be lowered.

2. CKC Obedience

Regular Obedience class points are:

1st place 4 points
2nd place 3 points
3rd place 2 points
4th place 1 point

3. CKC Rally

Rally Novice and Intermediate class points are:

1st place 3 points
2nd place 2 points
3rd place 1 point
4th place 0.5 point

Rally Advanced, Excellent, and Master classes are:

1st place 4 points
2nd place 3 points
3rd place 2 points
4th place 1 point

4. PWDCC Water Work

Points for qualifying scores in water classes are:

JWD 3 points
AWD 4 points
WWD 5 points
CWD & Master 6 points

5. CKC Scent Work

Placements in each class will be determined by time.

Scent Work Instinct class points are:

1st place 3 points
2nd place 2 points
3rd place 1 point
4th place 0.5 point

Scent Work Novice class points are:

1st place 4 points
2nd place 3 points
3rd place 2 points
4th place 1 point

Scent Work Open and higher classes points are:

1st place 5 points
2nd place 4 points
3rd place 3 points
4th place 2 point

Additional Information

An additional 1 bonus point will be added to the final Versatility Awards totals for a dog that earns points in and is handled by one person in 3 or more venues (must include Conformation). The same handler must show the dog in all classes entered.

Exceptions are:

In case of a tie
In case of a final tie, the dogs will share the placement. It is the responsibility of the PWDCC to provide duplicate awards in the case of a final tie.

Should Agility and or Tracking be offered at a future National Versatility Rules will be established at that time.