Agility 101/FAQs

What is dog agility?
Dog agility is a competitive sport testing a person's skills in the training and handling of dogs over a timed obstacle course. Competitors race against the clock as they direct their dogs through to jump, race over ramps, blast through tunnels, traverse a teeter-totter, and weave through a line of poles in an obstacle course configuration designed to challenge a handler's competitive and training skills. With scoring based on faults similar to equestrian show jumping, dog agility has become an exciting spectator event.

Where did agility begin?
The first widely documented appearance of dog agility was at the Crufts dog show in 1978. With great success, it was originally designed as an entertainment segment between the conformation and obedience rounds. This addition immediately intrigued dog owners because of its ability to demonstrate the speed, dexterity, and overall challenge displayed by dogs across a variety of breeds. The demonstration was so popular that it went on to grow into local, national, and eventually international competitions with standardized equipment.

Where and when will the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster be held?
The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held at Pier 94 in New York City located at 711 12th Ave. at 55th St. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 between the hours of 11AM and 10PM. This event will precede our 138th annual conformation show, which will be held on February 10th and 11th at Piers 92 & 94.

How can I get tickets for this historic event?
Tickets are available at the door or online at for $20 plus taxes and fees. Children under 12 will be admitted for free.

What breeds can I expect to see at this event?
All breeds are involved in AKC agility as they offer 5 jump heights. The most popular breeds at this time are Shetland Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervurens, Border Collies, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Welsh Corgis and Papillons.

Will I see All-American Dog Breeds(Mixed Breeds) compete in this agility competition?
Yes. For the first time since the early days of Westminster, All-American breeds (mixed breeds) will be eligible to compete. Dog agility is practiced as a sporting activity that demonstrates a handler and trainer's skill in working with a dog on an obstacle course. The breed of dog may pose certain challenges in training and handling, but a competitor is not restricted as to type of dog. Therefore, dog agility is a sport for all dogs.

How many dogs will be entered in this competition?
There will be 225 dogs entered in this competition. Each dog will compete in two qualifying rounds consisting of a Standard Agility course and a Jumpers with Weaves course. The 10 dogs with the highest combined scores from each height class will move on to the "Championship Round" consisting of a total of 50 dogs.

Why is it called "The Masters Agility Championship At Westminster"?
Agility dogs can achieve many titles. Our competition is open to those dogs that have achieved the higher titles and are therefore eligible to compete on a "Masters" level course.

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