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This is part of a series spotlighting All American Dogs competing in the national AKC Junior Agility Competition held on Dec. 14 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational. The competition is for youth 18 and under.

Name: Dharma Karma Coolidge NA NAJ NF OA OAJ CGC

Call Name: Dharma

Age: 7 years

Gender: Female

Jump Height: 12 inches

Junior Handler: Allison Coolidge

Hometown: Stuart, FL


Dharma is a Lhasa Apso – Cavalier King Charles mix, adopted from a shelter in Colorado Springs, CO. Allison was 9 years old, and Dharma was her first dog. She started training agility using furniture in the house, and soon her dad built her some agility equipment. Allison then enrolled in agility classes and ever since they have loved agility. Dharma is in the Excellent level for FAST, Jumpers with Weaves, and Standard classes.

The pair also love hiking together and kayaking down the rivers in North Georgia. Dharma knows more than 100 tricks with her most impressive one being able to rebound off a wall. She has been trained in Rally; has enjoyed Barn Hunt; and has earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen. “She has the best temperament and can sleep all day or go hiking all day. Dharma loves everyone and is my heart dog,” she said.