Ever wonder what some of those Cat Fancier abbreviations mean? You’re not alone. For those getting into showing or spectators who just love cats, the terminology can be new and the acronyms can be many. The following is a short list of commonly used show acronyms.

AB All Breed
AOV Any Other Variety
BW Breed Winner
CFA Cat Fanciers’ Association
CH Champion
DM Distinguished Merit
GC Grand Champion
GCD Grand Champion of Distinction
GP Grand Premier
GPD Grand Premier of Distinction
HHP Household Pet
KIT Kitten
LH Long Hair
OC Open in Championship
OP Open in Premiership
NW National Winner
PR Premier
RW Regional Winner
SH Short Hair
SP Specialty