AGILITY: Even if you don’t recognize it by name, you have probably seen an agility competition. Designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don’t have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!
Shelties excel in agility because of their natural athleticism, working ability, and willingness to please their owners. The breed routinely comprises 20 percent or more of the top 20 dogs in AKC’s annual agility rankings.
Canadian Kennel Club
TOP FOUR AGILITY DOGS 2014, HERDING CLASS
- 1. Cassbar’s Kickstart My Heart 23 98.7 71 NP, AgX, AgXJ Shetland Sheepdog
- 2. Dynstar Mythical Creature 14 100.0 70 CGN, CDX, RE, AgX, AgMXJ Shetland Sheepdog
- 3. The Swirling Tuula Du Josar 15 99.7 61 CGN, IP, PCD, AgI, AgXJ Belgian Shepherd Dog
- 4. MOTCh. & AgMChV Dynstar Strider 12 100.0 60 CGN, RAE2, AgN, AgNJ, AgMXJV3, SHDMX Shetland Sheepdog
OVERALL: Cassbar’s Kickstart My Heart NP, AgX, AgXJ 23 98.7 71 Shetland Sheepdog came in ninth
I found this video clip on youtube. This sheltie is amazing. The owner/handler must have been very dedicated and practiced.