Agility at Discover Dogs

Dog jumping hurdle in agility course
Please note: Discover Dogs 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled due to Covid-19.

The semi-finals of the large novice, intermediate novice and medium ABC competitions will take place at Discover Dogs with a grand final taking place at Crufts 2022. Read more on the Crufts website. We also have the finals of the small/mixi pairs competition which will take place at Discover Dogs 2021.
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General regulations
The following regulations apply to all Crufts and Discover Dogs qualifying agility competitions and heats.

All events must be judged under the appropriate Kennel Club regulations H & H(1) in force at the time of the event. Competitors entering any competition will be deemed to have agreed to abide by these regulations.

All heats must take place at shows licensed by The Kennel Club and the class name in the schedule should replicate exactly the name of the competition as stated in these regulations.

All competitions supported by The Kennel Club should be judged using standard marking.

If the entry for the heat exceeds The Kennel Club's limit for a judge in a day, then the class will be equally split and another judge appointed for the second part. Qualifiers and points from that heat will be taken in equal proportion from each part.

Dogs entered in any heats must be eligible for the competition entered. Judges have the right to check the dog’s Kennel Club agility record book to ensure the dog is running in the correct height category. Where points are accumulated throughout the year, these will be allocated to the specific handler and dog partnership (no substitution of dog or handler may be made). If there is an equality of points after all the heat results have been calculated, the dog and handler partnership which has achieved the highest place at a heat will take preference in the final allocation of places.

An entry fee will be charged for each dog at Crufts and Discover Dogs. 

Note for show societies: All results from these heats must be emailed to the working dog activities team at The Kennel Club within 14 days of the show date.
Crufts large novice ABC agility stakes (special) 2021/2022

Eligibility

This competition is a special agility competition open to all dogs excluding Border Collies, Working Sheepdogs and any of their crosses. In the event of any dispute regarding the parentage of a dog competing in the ABC agility competition, any concerns should be recorded in the incident book and reported to The Kennel Club.

Those dogs eligible to compete in competition for large dogs are those measuring over 50 cm at the withers.

Dogs should be eligible to compete at grade 1-5 at the time of qualifying for the semi-final. Any subsequent wins gained by the dog will not alter its eligibility to compete in the semi-final or final.

Competition rules

The competition will be held under The Kennel Club rules and regulations for agility and any handler entering the competition will be deemed to have agreed to abide by these rules and regulations. Standard rules will apply and all equipment used shall be of a standard size for that height category.

The semi-final will consist of one round of agility competition and one round of jumping competition; the top 8 dogs qualifying for Crufts will be those with the least combined faults in the fastest combined time calculated over the two rounds of the semi-final. If there is equality of faults and time, the agility round will take precedence.

The final will consist of one round of agility. The winner of the Crufts large novice ABC agility stakes will be the dog and handler with the least faults in the fastest time.

Qualifying

There will be 10 qualifying shows throughout the year. The first 10 placed dogs in each heat will have the following points awarded:

1st place = 10 points, 2nd place = 9 points etc. down to 10th place = 1 point. Qualifying points will be awarded down to 10th even if the show does not award class places down to 10th.

If a qualified handler or dog is unable/unfit to attend the final, reserves will be taken from dog/s with the highest number of points from the heats which have/has not qualified.

The top 15 dogs, with the most points, will be invited to a semi-final at Discover Dogs 2021. There will be a charge of £10 per dog. A maximum of three representatives of any one breed will be invited to the semi-final. This decision will be at the organisers’ discretion. Discover Dogs will be held at Excel, London. Car parking will not be provided by The Kennel Club.

The first eight highest-placed dogs at the semi-final will be invited to compete in the finals to be held at Crufts Dog Show, NEC Birmingham in March 2022.

Administration

Note to show societies: in the event of awards at the show not going down to 10th place, the show secretary must still record the top 10 places (excluding eliminated dogs) and email the results to the working dog activities team at The Kennel Club within 14 days of the show.

Crufts intermediate novice ABC agility stakes (special) 2021/2022

This competition is a special agility competition open to all dogs excluding Border Collies, working sheepdogs and any of their crosses. In the event of any dispute regarding the parentage of a dog competing in the ABC agility competition, any concerns should be recorded in the incident book and reported to The Kennel Club.

Those dogs eligible to compete in competition for intermediate dogs are those measuring over 43 cm and measuring 50 cm or under at the withers.

Dogs should be eligible to compete at grade 1-5 at the time of qualifying for the semi-final. Any subsequent wins gained by the dog will not alter its eligibility to compete in the semi-final or final.

Competition rules

The competition will be held under The Kennel Club rules and regulations for agility and any handler entering the competition will be deemed to have agreed to abide by these rules and regulations. Standard rules will apply and all equipment used shall be of a standard size for that height category.

The semi-final will consist of one round of agility competition and one round of jumping competition; the top 8 dogs qualifying for Crufts will be those with the least combined faults in the fastest combined time calculated over the two rounds of the semi-final. If there is equality of faults and time, the agility round will take precedence.

The final will consist of one round of agility. The winner of the Crufts intermediate novice ABC agility stakes will be the dog and handler with the least faults in the fastest time.

Qualifying

There will be 10 qualifying shows throughout the year. The first 10 placed dogs in each heat will have the following points awarded:

1st place = 10 points, 2nd place = 9 points etc. down to 10th place = 1 point. Qualifying points will be awarded down to 10th even if the show does not award class places down to 10th.

If a qualified handler or dog is unable/unfit to attend the final, reserves will be taken from dog/s with the highest number of points from the heats which have/has not qualified.

The top 15 dogs with the most points will be invited to a semi-final at Discover Dogs 2021. There will be a charge of £10 per dog. A maximum of three representatives of any one breed will be invited to the semi-final. This decision will be at the organisers’ discretion. Discover Dogs will be held at Excel, London. Car parking will not be provided by The Kennel Club.

The first eight highest-placed dogs at the semi-final will be invited to compete in the finals to be held at Crufts Dog Show, NEC Birmingham in March 2022.

Administration

Note to show societies: in the event of awards at the show not going down to 10th place, the show secretary must still record the top 10 places (excluding eliminated dogs) and email the results to the working dog activities team at The Kennel Club within 14 days of the show.

Crufts medium ABC agility stakes (special) 2021/2022

This competition is a special agility competition open to all dogs excluding Border Collies, working sheepdogs and any of their crosses. In the event of any dispute regarding the parentage of a dog competing in the ABC agility competition, any concerns should be recorded in the incident book and reported to The Kennel Club.

Those dogs eligible to compete in medium dog competition are those measuring over 35 cm and those measuring 43 cm or under at the withers and eligible to compete in combined grades 1 to 7 for medium dogs.

Competition rules

The competition will be held under The Kennel Club rules and regulations for agility and any handler entering the competition will be deemed to have agreed to abide by these rules and regulations. Standard rules will apply and all equipment used shall be of a standard size for that height category.

The semi-final will consist of one round of agility competition and one round of jumping competition; the top 8 dogs qualifying for Crufts will be those with the least combined faults in the fastest combined time calculated over the two rounds of the semi-final. If there is equality of faults and time, the agility round will take precedence.

The final will consist of one round of agility. The winner of the Crufts medium ABC agility stakes will be the dog and handler with the least faults in the fastest time.

Qualifying

There will be 10 qualifying shows throughout the year. The first 10 placed dogs in each heat will have the following points awarded:

1st place = 10 points, 2nd place = 9 points etc. down to 10th place = 1 point. Qualifying points will be awarded down to 10th even if the show does not award class places down to 10th.

If a qualified handler or dog is unable/unfit to attend the final, reserves will be taken from dog/s with the highest number of points from the heats which have/has not qualified.

The top 15 dogs with the most points will be invited to a semi-final at Discover Dogs 2021. A maximum of three representatives of any one breed will be invited to the semi-final. This decision will be at the organisers’ discretion. Discover Dogs will be held at Excel, London. Car parking will not be provided by The Kennel Club.

The first eight highest-placed dogs at the semi-final will be invited to compete in the finals to be held at Crufts Dog Show, NEC Birmingham in March 2022.

Administration

Note to show societies: in the event of awards at the show not going down to 10th place, the show secretary must still record the top 10 places (excluding eliminated dogs) and email the results to the working dog activities team at The Kennel Club within 14 days of the show.

Discover Dogs small/mixi pairs challenge (special) 2021

This is a competition consisting of eight heats of jumping. The competition is open to small dogs, partnering a medium dog, intermediate dog or a large dog, and heats will be scheduled as a special combined class for grades 1 to 7.

Eligibility

The competition is open to two dogs with separate handlers. One dog must be a small dog, 35cm or under at the withers, the partner can be a medium dog, over 35cm but 43cm or under at the withers, or an intermediate dog over 43cm and measuring 50cm or under at the withers, or a large dog over 50cm.

Handlers with more than one dog may enter in more than one pair. However, they may only qualify a maximum of two dogs for the final. No substitute handlers will be allowed in the final.

Should a qualified dog or handler within a pair be unable/unfit to enter the final that pair will not be able to compete. Their place in the final will be offered to the next available pair with the highest points who have not qualified.

Competition rules

The competition will be held under The Kennel Club rules and regulations for agility and any handler entering the competition will be deemed to have agreed to abide by these rules and regulations. Standard rules will apply and all equipment used shall be of a standard size for that height category.

This is a relay competition with a baton change taking place either in a box or behind a line at the judges’ discretion.

No part of the next dog/handler must be over the start line at the change over; failure to observe this will incur a penalty of 20 faults.

An elimination will incur a penalty of 100 faults, should a dropped baton will incur a penalty of 20 faults. Once a dog has been eliminated it cannot incur further faults. However, if either member of the pair fail to complete the course or either of the dogs foul the ring the pair will be disqualified.

The competition will involve changes of height of the obstacles being jumped by the medium/intermediate/large dogs at two stages during the class. The judge will decide which height of dog to start with and will announce the changes of height when relevant. It is the competitors’ responsibility to be available accordingly. The course will be walked by everyone before the beginning of the class.

The final will consist of two rounds of jumping competition. The winners of the Discover Dogs small/mixi pairs will be the pair with the least combined faults in the fastest combined time calculated over the two rounds of the final. Discover Dogs will be held at Excel, London in 2021. Car parking will not be provided by The Kennel Club.

Qualifying

Points will be awarded to the specific pair (consisting of two handlers with their dogs) that competes at the heat. Points are not transferable between different pair combinations.

Pairs will score 15 points for 1st place down to 1 point for 15th place. Points will be accumulated over all eight heats and the 15 pairs with the most points will go through to the final at Discover Dogs 2021.

Administration

Note to show societies: in the event of awards at the show not going down to 15th place, the show secretary must still record the top 15 placed pairs and email the results to the working dog activities team at The Kennel Club within 14 days of the show.

Still have questions?

For further information about Discover Dogs, please email our events team.