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KENNEL CLUB REGULATIONS H(1)
Specific Agility Show Regulations



These Regulations must be read in conjunction with Kennel Club General Agility Show and Flyball Regulations H.

1. The following Regulations apply to Agility Shows and must be read in conjunction with Kennel Club General Regulations H.

2. Agility Shows are considered to be "fun competitions" designed for enjoyment by competitors, their dogs and for appeal to spectators. Informality is encouraged and maximum discretion is granted to Societies within the constraints of safety and these Regulations. Nothing may be included in an Agility Test which could endanger the safety of the dogs competing, the handlers or the spectators.

3. Licensed Agility Shows.
Licensed Shows held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations are those held under license granted by the General Committee of the Kennel Club and are:

  1. Championship Agility Shows - Open to all competitors, except where a qualification for entry has been approved by the General Committee of the Kennel Club, and at which Kennel Club Agility Certificates are on offer.
  2. Open Agility Shows - Open to all competitors.
  3. Limited Agility Shows
    Where entry is limited to:
    1. Members of the Show Society
    2. Competitors resident within a Specific area
    3. Specific Breeds
    4. By numbers (such numbers to be stipulated in the schedule)
    5. Or otherwise subject to the approval of the General Committee of the Kennel Club.
  4. Matches* - Where entry is limited to the members of societies
    On the day of the event a current Public Liability Insurance Document must be held or the event will be deemed to be unlicensed.
    * - Dogs which have won an Agility Certificate or obtained any award that counts towards the title of Agility Champion under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club are not eligible for entry at these Shows.

4. Marked Running Orders Championship Class.
The Show Society must publish a marked running order containing the following:

  1. On the front outside cover or page, the name of the Society, the type, venue and date of the competition as described on the licence and any additional title for which prior permission has been given by the General Committee of the Kennel Club; the names and addresses of the Guarantors of the competition, and the Secretary's name, address and telephone number where appropriate, and the name of the Competition Manager.
  2. Championship Agility Class - An alphabetical index containing the names and addresses of competitors (unless withheld by competitors), the number and name of each exhibit and the number of the Championship Agility Class in which it is entered, giving a separate line to the name of each competitor, and the full particulars of the exhibit as given on the entry form completed by the competitor.
  3. Submission of Running Order - Within fourteen days of the close of the Show, a copy of the official marked running order, containing a full and correct list of entries in the required classes as detailed above, with all the awards correctly marked, must be submitted to the Kennel Club.

5. Championship Agility Certificates (Large, Medium and Small Dogs).

  1. A Kennel Club Agility Certificate will be awarded to any Large Agility Dog, Medium Agility Dog or any Small Agility Dog winning a Championship Agility Class provided such a dog has no faults in the final round of the Class. If the winning dog does have faults in the final round of the Championship Class the award must be withheld.
  2. A Reserve Agility Certificate will be awarded to any Large Agility Dog, Medium Agility Dog or any Small Agility Dog placed second in the Championship Agility Class provided it has gained a clear round in the final round of the Class. If the second placed dog has faults in the final round the award must be withheld.

6. Agility Championships.

  1. The Kennel Club will offer at Crufts Dog Show each year the Kennel Club Agility Championships Large Dog, the Kennel Club Agility Championships Medium Dog and the Kennel Club Agility Championships Small Dog. A dog awarded one or more Agility Certificates during the calendar year preceding Crufts Dog Show shall be entitled to compete.
  2. The Test for the Agility Championships shall be those required in the Championship Class in these Regulations. If the winning dog(s) do not gain a clear round in the final round the Championship Award shall be withheld.

7. Ballot for Championship Running Orders.

  1. Agility Round and Jumping Round - A draw for the running order of the Agility and Jumping Rounds must be made prior to the Show. The relevant competitors must be notified before the day of the Show. The dogs must run in the order in which they are drawn.
  2. Final Agility Round - Dogs to run in reverse order to their combined placings at the end of the first two rounds.
  3. A dog must have the same handler for each round of the Championship Agility Class.

8. Format of the Championship Class.

  1. The top 50% of the entry, up to a maximum of 20 dogs from the combined results of the 2 qualifying rounds will contest a final round of Agility to determine the overall winner. The top 50% up to a maximum of 20 places will be determined by combining the accumulated placings gained by the dogs in the qualifying rounds. Where there are an uneven number of entries in classes numbers will be rounded up.
  2. The first placed dog in the final round, having achieved a clear round, will be awarded a Championship Agility Certificate.
  3. The second placed dog in the final round, having achieved a clear round, will be awarded a Reserve Championship Agility Certificate.
  4. A dog having been eliminated in either qualifying rounds will not be eligible for the final, even if placed in the top placings.

9. Management.
Societies are responsible for the following:

  1. Test area shall have a suitable surface and measure a minimum of 32m x32m (35yds x 35yds) for outdoor venues. Indoor venues may be smaller but must be appropriate to the size of the Test.
  2. Ensuring that all obstacles and equipment in the test area do not include unnecessary protrusions and where wings or side supports are part of an obstacle they must be appreciably higher than the part to be cleared by the dog.
  3. The Competition Manager must not enter for competition a dog, which is recorded in their ownership or part ownership or work a dog at the Agility Show.
  4. Electronic Timing Equipment. For the Championship Class societies must provide suitable electronic timing equipment. Time will also be recorded manually but electronic time will take precedence.
  5. The maximum number of dogs a person may judge on one day is 450. Reserve judges may enter dogs for competition at the Show, but may not compete if called upon to judge. Show Committees must appoint sufficient judges for the expected entries.
  6. Where combined classes are split, they must be split into parts of equal numbers (to within one dog). Splits must be conducted on a random basis. Where graded classes are split, they must be split by grade. If a subsequent grade or single grade class is split, they must be split into parts of equal numbers (to within one dog). Splits must be conducted on a random basis. Competitors entered therein must be notified of all changes.

10. Competing.

  1. No person shall carry out punitive correction or harsh handling of a dog at any time within the precincts of the Show.
  2. No competitor shall impugn the decision of the Judge or Judges.
  3. Dogs must not wear any type of slip, half-slip collar or lead when under test. A flat, close fitting, leather or webbing collar is permitted, providing the only attachment is a plain identification panel as an integral part of the collar i.e.: not attached by a ring.
  4. Handlers working more than one dog in a Class must ensure that the dogs compete in the sequence in which they are drawn. Failure to do so may result in elimination.
  5. Food shall not be carried in the hand or given to a dog in the ring.

11. Eligibility and Schedule of classes - The detailed Regulations for Eligibility and Schedule of Classes are given in Annex A.

12. Schedule of Tests, Courses, Obstacles and Marking - The detailed Regulations for tests, courses, obstacles and marking are given in Annex B.

13. Specific Regulations for Agility Matches - The detailed Regulations for Agility Matches are given in Annex C.


From the "Agility and Flyball Regulations 2008" booklet.


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