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Agility: News And Updates

January 22, 2019

AKC Agility Advisory Committee Recommendations Survey (click here)

In the survey posted online at the link above is a list of some (not all) recommendations that came from the fancy.  After further review, the AKC Agility Advisory committee felt these specific recommendations need an additional opportunity for comments.

Comments will be taken until the deadline date of Monday, February 4, 2019 at Noon Eastern Standard Time.

November 16, 2018

Rules Applying to Dog Shows definition of “Immediate Family” – Effective 12/1/2018

At the October 2018 AKC Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved a change to the language in the Rules Applying to Dog Shows for the definition of “Immediate Family” which becomes effective on December 1, 2018.

As a result of that change, at the November Board meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved the same definition of immediate family in the Obedience Regulations, Rally Regulations, Tracking Regulations and Regulations for Agility Trials and Agility Course Test (ACT) to be consistent, as all four sports reference the definition of “Immediate Family” based on what is written in the Rules Applying to Dog Shows. This change to these Regulations becomes effective December 1, 2018.


Regulations for Agility Trials
Section 31. Judges’ Responsibilities. (Paragraph 7) No judge may judge a dog at a licensed or member club trial if he or she or any member of his or her family owns or co-owns the dog. The word “family” shall include a spouse, domestic partner, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, and sons-in-law; adopted, half, and step members are also included in family, or a household member of the judge in question, but shall not extend to other blood or legal relationships.


  • Introducing the 2018 Advisory Committee
    Five years have flown by and it’s time once again to bring together an Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee members for 2018 are:Sherry Jefferson, PA
    Linda Kipp, NM
    Terry LeClair, CA
    Linda Robertson, TN
    Lori Sage, ORThese five will be taking an in-depth look at ways to improve the AKC agility program. Representing different areas of the country and a wide variety of breeds (Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Border Collies, Shelties, Doberman Pinschers, Labradors, Cardigan Corgis, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, and German Shepherd), the committee has a vast array of experiences to draw from when they discuss the future of AKC agility. They will be discussing all suggestions for rule changes to improve our sport. Please be a part of guiding the direction of AKC agility by preparing your suggestions; exhibitor input is vital to our system.Suggestions will be taken through August 31, 2018.  To submit ideas click here.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, All dogs are eligible to enter premier classes.
    • Chapter 11 Section 2.   Eligibility.  The Premier class has a single
      class level.  Dogs Eligible to enter Novice, Open, Excellent or Master level classes may enter the Premier Class.
  • 2019 National Agility Championship:
    Mark your calendars March 15-17, 2019 the AKC National Agility Championships will be held at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK.
  • Addition of 24C jump height division and removal of 26-inch:
    At the July 2017 AKC Board meeting, the Board approved the dissolution of the 26 Inch height and the addition of the 24” Choice height to replace it.  This change will be effective for all trials on and after January 2, 2018.  This is a mandatory height division that must be offered in all levels of the Regular Titling classes.This new 24 Inch Choice jump height is for dogs entered in the Regular division that measure 22 inches and under ONLY,  whose handlers choose to enter 24 Inches.  Dogs that measure 22 Inches and over that are required to jump 24 inches will stay in the current 24 Inch height.As is currently done with the 26 Inch class, the course times for the 24 Inch Choice will be the same as the 20 Inch height in all classes.
    Regulation change:Chapter 2. Classes, Titles and Height Divisions, Section 4. Height Divisions, Measurement, Measuring Devices.
    Dogs may only be entered in one jump height division per day for all classes. The following jump height divisions shall be used in all trial Regular classes:
    8 Inches: For dogs 11 inches and under at the withers.
    12 Inches: For dogs 14 inches and under at the withers.
    16 Inches: For dogs 18 inches and under at the withers.
    20 Inches: For dogs 22 inches and under at the withers.
    24 Inches: For dogs over 22 inches at the withers. Dogs may not be entered in this class if they are 22 inches and under.
    24 Inch Choice: Dogs may be entered at this height at their owner’s discretion if their measurement is 22 inches and under at the withers.
    Reminder:  A club holding a licensed or member trial shall offer a ribbon or rosette for the 24 Inch Choice height as defined in the AKC Regulations for Agility Trials: Chapter 1,  Section 24. Ribbons and Rosettes. A club holding a licensed or member trial shall offer a ribbon or rosette to each dog that receives a qualifying score, and to dogs placing first through fourth in each height division of each class…The jump height is to be noted as 24 Inch Choice or 24” Choice for awards purposes.
    Can I move my 24” dog to the new 24 Inch Choice height?  No, if your dog measures over 22 inches they are not able to be entered in the 24 Inch Choice height.
    Can I still move my dog up in height if not jumping 24C?  Yes, for example you can move your 8” height dog to the 12” height as is currently allowed.  There is no change to that policy.
    How will this affect the 2018 AKC National Agility Championship?  We will announce any changes regarding jump heights at the 2018 National Agility Championship by September 1, 2017.
    Can we remove the 26″ jump cups from our jumps? Yes, you can for trials on or after January 2, 2018, if it is possible.