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Actions to help AKC Lure Coursing Clubs Impacted by COVID19  

The AKC Performance Events Department has been processing numerous event cancellations as the COVID19 virus continues to spread throughout the country. Clubs and participants are encouraged to view the AKC Performance Events Cancellation Listing page to see which events have been cancelled.

To ease some burdens or bring clarity to now commonly experienced situations during these troubling times, lure coursing clubs should be aware of the following: 

  • Clubs are reminded to inform the Performance Events Department if they have to cancel their event by calling: 919-816-3908 or sending an email to:
  • Any club that notifies the Performance Events Department that their event is cancelled due to the COVID19 virus will automatically retain their corresponding date for 2021 unless the club asks the Performance Events Department otherwise. This has been implemented since COVID19 cancellations were first received.
  • AKC Event Application fees which were paid for a cancelled event will be credited towards the club’s next event of the same type provided the club has notified the AKC Performance Events Department by calling 919-816-3908 or emailing
  • All late fees for event applications will be waived through October 31, 2020 in order to provide clubs flexibility in scheduling their events.
  • A cancelled event will not count against the total number of events allowed per year.
  • If judges are pending on a panel for not having attended a seminar, they will be excused from having to attend one for the next 12 months. Webinars and online round table learning sessions are being explored. Everyone we be updated as more information becomes available.
  • Clubs at their option can now send copies of their results including their Secretary Report in PDF format via email to: Clubs will then be contacted to confirm receipt and handle their event service fees by phone.
  • Information regarding the government stimulus package, referred to as the Federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act has been posted to the Government Relations webpage.

The AKC Performance Events Department wants to assist clubs as much as possible during these unprecedented times. Please feel free to reach Performance Events at 919-816-3908 or for any questions you may have. We hope you and your club members stay well and keep safe.



How many times have you seen your dog bolting outside, running as fast as he can after a squirrel or a windswept plastic bag or paper cup? He’s going after his “prey” of course, and he’s doing exactly what Sighthounds are supposed to do. They’re born and bred to chase their prey! Their natural inclination to hunt by sight, not smell, is literally in their DNA.

So how do you satisfy your dog’s high-energy, inner instincts? AKC Lure Coursing may be the perfect answer! It’s an exciting way for him to do what comes naturally — but in a safe, controlled environment. In this event, dogs chase a mechanized, white plastic lure around a 600+ yard course that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Zig-zagging across a big, open field is simply heaven for these dogs! At the same time, it helps improve their focus, agility and sportsmanship.

Until you’ve actually seen it in action, it’s hard to imagine the complete and utter joy on your dog’s face as he runs the course, following the lure from start to finish. So if you’ve been looking for an activity that takes full advantage of your hound’s energy and natural ability, look no further than AKC Lure Coursing.

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  • Eligibility +

    Competition Eligibility

    All dogs one year of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Lure Coursing Events.

    AKC Recognized Breeds

    • Afghan Hound
    • Azawakh
    • Basenji
    • Borzoi
    • Cirneco Dell’Etna
    • Greyhound
    • Ibizan Hound
    • Irish Wolfhound
    • Italian Greyhound
    • Pharaoh Hound
    • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
    • Rhodesian Ridgeback
    • Saluki
    • Scottish Deerhound
    • Sloughi
    • Whippet

    Foundation Stock Service Breeds*

    • Norrbottenspets
    • Peruvian Inca Orchid
    • Portuguese Podengos (Medio & Grande)
    • Thai Ridgeback

    * May compete for suffix titles only

    • Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate.
    • Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate.
    • Monorchid and cryptorchid dogs are ineligible to participate.
    • Bitches in season are not eligible to participate.
    • Hounds with breed disqualifications, as listed in the AKC Breed Standards, are ineligible to enter lure coursing trials and tests.
    • Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.

  • Get Started +

    First, decide whether you want to compete. If you’re just starting out, it’s probably best to start with a non-competitive lure coursing test because they it is a low-stress way to gauge your hound’s coursing instinct. But if you decide to go further and compete, then your dog will be judged on well he performs the functions for which they were originally bred.

    Whether or not you decide to compete, your local AKC Club is the best place to find an event in your area, or you can search for them here. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the Lure Coursing Rules and Regulations before beginning. Above all, use the basic principles of good sportsmanship and you’ll be good to go!

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    With over 22,000 annual events, there is a sport for you.

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