Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
As far as I know the dog must be AKC registered and have a tattoo OR a chip. IF older than 12 months you also need an AKC 4-generation pedigree (purchase from AKC). If it's a club show you do not need to be a member of WDA or USCA.
If the dog is older than 2 years, to get a legitimate rating he must have an AD, BH, hips (OFA or a-stamp), elbows (a-stamp only for WDA, OFA or a-stamp for USCA), and either a Schutzhund or HGH title. If older than 3.5 years he must also have a breed survey to be eligible for a V rating.
Some shows offer an "open" class for dogs 2+ years and no title but these ratings do not count towards a breed survey.
For a breed survey the dog must have one show card with a rating of G, SG, or V (from the 12-18, 18-24, or working classes), an AD, BH, hips (OFA or a-stamp), elbows (a-stamp only for WDA, OFA or a-stamp for USCA), and either a Schutzhund or HGH title. For a breed survey you must be a member of the organization. For a USCA breed survey the dog must have USCA individual or dual/SV registration (this is not hard to get).