Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many dogs will be invited?
    Five dogs per breed will be invited.
  2. Will PAL/ILP dogs be invited?
    Yes. All breeds eligible to compete in AKC Companion Events will be included.
  3. Will dogs enrolled in AKC Canine Partners be invited?
    Yes, the top five All American Dogs will be invited to the 2012 event
  4. When is the qualifying period?
    It is July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
  5. How will the top dogs be determined?
    The top dogs will be determined by the Top MACH Dog formula (Double Q's x 10 + MACH points) that dogs have earned during the event qualifying period. Example: Dog has 520 MACH points and nine Double Q's, therefore, (9 x 10 = 90) + 520, so their total "formula value" will be 610.
  6. How can I find out where my dog is ranked?
    There is a free report available online to view the top five dogs by breed during the event qualifying period. Also, there is a purchasable report in the AKC online store that lists the top 25 ranked dogs by breed during the event qualifying period.
  7. What about Preferred dogs?
    For any breed that does not have five dogs ranked with MACH points, then the Preferred dogs will be invited with the ranking based on the Preferred Excellent B Standard & Jumpers With Weaves classes using the Top PACH Dog formula (Double Q's x 10) + PACH (Preferred Agility Championship) points that dogs have earned during the qualifying period. Example: Dog has 520 PACH points and nine Double Q’s, therefore, (9 x 10 = 90) + 520, so their total "formula value" will be 610.
  8. Will Preferred dogs jump at their Preferred height?
    Yes they will, but they will have the same course time and will be scored with the dogs in the Regular jump height, e.g. 4" dogs will jump at 4" but will be scored with the 8" dogs.
  9. May I jump above my official AKC height class?
    No, all dogs must jump in their official AKC jump height; they may not move up.
  10. What will the format be?
    Each day a Standard and a JWW course will be run. After the completion of the four rounds, over two days, the top dogs in each height will move to the finals. The complete scoring description will be announced on the agility page on the AKC website.
  11. If I don't make it to the finals, am I eligible for any special awards?
    YES! Awards will be provided for all dogs that Run Clear during each individual round. Additionally, cash prizes will be awarded for the Top Group winners after two rounds (Group prizes to be awarded during Saturday night’s banquet), the Top Clear Round and Top International Clear Round dogs will be awarded after Round 3. Four Top Scoring Dogs awards for dogs with an obedience title, a rally title and a tracking title and dogs with a conformation championship title will be awarded after Round 3. Also, AKC Parent Clubs that sponsored Top Dog Medallions for their breed shall be awarded after Round 4. You may see a list of the Parent Clubs that have sponsored medallions on the Agility Invitational home page. A full explanation of each award may be found in the event’s Information Booklet.
  12. I have heard that other countries have been invited. Does that affect how many of each breed will be invited?
    No, those numbers are separate. Each country may send three dogs of their choosing. However, all dogs must compete at the AKC required jump height.

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