Register of Merit (ROM)

Fill out the Online Application below, or you may download a .pdf of the ROM/ROMX Application to submit a paper application.

ROM/ROMX Regulations

Approved January 2006; effective April 2006

The AWC Register of Merit program was developed to recognize Whippet sires and dams with superior producing ability. It was not designated as a conformation-only program and in past years we have seen an attempt to recognize more of the performance titles but they have been cumbersome at best. By utilizing events that already have inspection of disqualifying faults, this proposal provides a fairly simple way for people to utilize several different champion level titles in recognizing superior sires and dams. Following are a list of the titles and venues that will be discussed in the requirements:

ROM/ROMX contributing titles:

  • AKC bench champion
  • AKC Field Champion
  • ASFA LCM: Lure Courser of Merit, levels 1 and higher.
  • CWA ARX: Award of Racing Excellence
  • NAWRA RCh: Race Champion
  • NOFCA CC and CM: Coursing Champion, Courser of Merit
  • NOTRA ORC: Oval Racing Champion
  • WRA WRCh: Whippet Racing Champion

Qualifying titles and events:

  • AKC JC: Junior Courser
  • AKC SC: Senior Courser
  • AKC MC: Master Courser
  • ASFA FCh: Field Champion
  • CWA TRP: Title of Racing Proficiency

ROM/ROMX Requirements

The AWC awards the producing titles of ROM (Register Of Merit) and ROMX (Register Of Merit Excellent) to Whippets who have sired or produced exceptional numbers of bench, race or coursing champions. The American Whippet Club will award the Register of Merit and Register of Merit Excellent titles to outstanding sires and dams (alive or deceased) when the following requirements have been met:

Register of Merit (ROM)

For any Whippet sire whose offspring have earned a minimum of 15 or any Whippet dam whose offspring have earned a minimum of 7 of the following titles:

Register of Merit Excellent (ROMX)

For any Whippet sire whose offspring have earned a minimum of 25 or any Whippet dam whose offspring have earned a minimum of 10 of the following titles:

  1. Contributing Titles:

    Unconditional Titles: AKC Champion, AKC Field Champion, ASFA LCM, ARM, ARX.

    Conditional Titles: CC, CM, ORC, RCH, WRCh. Since these titles are earned in venues where breed disqualifications are not completely inspected, or dogs with disqualifications can title, every dog contributing one of the conditional titles must present proof of an additional qualifying title or attendance in an event where height, eye and bite disqualifications, as described in the AWC breed standard, are examined for.

  2. Qualifying titles and events include:

    For the above listed events, either proof of title (photocopy) or an official record of attendance can serve to prove the dog has been inspected at least once, for all breed disqualifications.

    • AKC coursing (JC, SC, MC)
    • CWA racing (TRP)
    • ASFA coursing (FCh)
    • Proof of competition in the AKC conformation ring.
  3. Contributing Title certificate

    A copy of the Contributing Title certificate MUST accompany the ROM/ROMX application (proof of AKC Ch, ARX, LCM, etc.). It is up to the applying party to present all necessary documentation for all contributing titles! This is NOT THE JOB of the program director and the application WILL NOT BE PROCESSED if the paperwork is not complete.

  4. Qualifying Title or an official record of attendance

    A copy of the Qualifying Title or an official record of attendance MUST accompany the ROM/ROMX application where a conditional title is used. It is up to the applying party to present all necessary documentation for conditional titles! This is NOT THE JOB of the program director and the application WILL NOT BE PROCESSED if the paperwork is not complete.

  5. One title in each field of endeavor

    Only one title in each field of endeavor to be counted (one racing title, one coursing title, one open field title).

    • Conformation: AKC Champion
    • Lure Coursing: ASFA LCM or higher, AKC FCh
    • Racing: ARX, RCh, ORC, WRCh
    • Open Field Coursing: NOFCA CM, NOFCA CC
  6. Only two titles maximum count per offspring

    ROM awards are granted by application only. The applicant need not be the owner of the dog, but a completed form must be submitted, including proof of all contributing and qualifying titles.

ROM/ROMX APPLICATION

Please refer to the AWC ROM Guidelines for full explanation of qualifying titles. The American Whippet Club will award the Register of Merit Title to outstanding sires and dams when the following requirements have been met:

Register of Merit (ROM)

For any Whippet sire whose offspring have earned a minimum of 15 titles as described in the AWC ROM Guidelines. Only one title in each field of endeavor is to be counted. For any Whippet dam whose offspring have earned a minimum of seven (7).

Register of Merit Excellent (ROMX)

For any Whippet sire whose offspring have earned a minimum of 25 titles as described in the AWC ROM Guidelines. For any Whippet dam whose offspring have earned a minimum of ten (10).

Please note that one single dog can qualify multiple times by winning multiple titles, however, THESE TITLES MUST BE IN DIFFERENT VENUES! Multiple field and racing titles do not count double.

ROM awards are granted by application only. The applicant need not be the owner of the dog, but a completed form must be submitted. All offspring must be free of disqualifying faults as described in the AKC Whippet Standard.

Submission Information

Applications for ROM/ROMX certificates to be awarded at each year's AWC National MUST be received before March 15th (NO EXCEPTIONS).

ROM Program Chair

Gail Boyd

8948 Hope Hill Lane

Apex NC 27502

919-362-4427, email

Applications for ROM/ROMX awards to be given at each year's National must be received before March 15th. The ROM certificate will be awarded during the banquet at the AWC National Specialty in April of each year. Certificates will be mailed to those unable to attend.

(In the case of multiple ownerships, please indicate if a duplicate certificate is required.)
List qualifying offspring with AKC champion, field or racing titled confirmations. Only two titles maximum count per offspring. ROM awards are granted by application only. The applicant need not be the owner of the dog, but a completed form must be submitted, including proof of all contributing and qualifying titles. Examples of acceptable of ‘proof of confirmation’ are: AKC Progeny Report, copies of certificates verifying titles received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide proof of confirmation. Please list registered name, title(s) and date title was confirmed. Use extra paper if necessary.
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