The Kennel Club has announced that dogs measured into intermediate for agility will be able to compete in Kennel Club qualifiers from January 2020.
It has also been confirmed that the Crufts Committee has reviewed the agility competitions held at Crufts, and the Board has agreed that the following competitions will continue during 2020 with semi-finals at Discover Dogs 2020 and finals at Crufts 2021.
Crufts singles for small, medium, intermediate and large dogs – the top eight dogs from each height, with the highest accumulation of points, will be invited to compete in the Crufts final.
ABC competitions for medium, novice intermediate and novice large dogs – the top 15 dogs (subject to breed restrictions) will be invited to the semi-finals at Discover Dogs with the top eight dogs from each height qualifying for the finals at Crufts.
The small/mixi pairs will be expanded to include intermediate height dogs, so each pair will need to have a small dog and the other dog may be medium, intermediate or large.
The Kennel Club Starters Cup, Novice Cup and British Open at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival will also include classes for intermediate height dogs.
Championship classes will be held for intermediate height dogs from 2020. Dogs must qualify to compete in championship classes at full height. The Championships at Crufts will be held over two days from 2021 with the small and medium categories being held on one day and the intermediate and large categories on another day.
Unfortunately, it has been decided that the team competitions will not be held from 2020 onwards.
Competitors are reminded that any dogs currently competing in large have until 31 December 2019 to be measured if they wish to be included in the intermediate height.
Societies hosting large qualifiers will be given first refusal for the relevant intermediate qualifier and will be contacted shortly by the Kennel Club in this respect.
All queries regarding agility should be sent to our agility team.