5 - 8 March 2020, The NEC Birmingham

Rules for Agility competitions at Crufts

Below is the criteria in order to qualify your dog for Agility at Crufts.

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 Kennel Club licensed shows and the class name in the schedule should replicate exactly the name of the competition as stated in these regulations.

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

If the entry for the heat exceeds the Kennel Club 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 sent to the Working Dog Activities Team at the Kennel Club within 14 days of the show date by email to: agility@thekennelclub.org.uk

Crufts Singles Agility Competition 2020/2021

Qualifying heats will be scheduled as a standard combined class for grades 6 & 7. There will be a separate qualifying competition for each height category (small, medium, intermediate and large) with 12 heats for each height, held at Kennel Club licensed shows throughout the country.

Eligibility
Competitors may enter more than one dog in a heat. Competitors may qualify more than one dog for the final. Qualifying 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. The top 8 dogs from each height with the highest accumulation of points will be invited to compete in the CRUFTS Singles Agility Finals at CRUFTS 2021. 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.

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 ten places (excluding eliminated dogs) and send the results to the Working Dog Activities Team at the Kennel Club within 14 days of the show by email to: agility@thekennelclub.org.uk

Crufts Large Novice ABC Agility Stakes (Special) 2020/2021

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 500 mm 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 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 fifteen dogs, with the most points, will be invited to a semi-final at Discover Dogs 2020. 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 2021.

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 ten places (excluding eliminated dogs) and send the results to the Working Dog Activities Team at the Kennel Club within 14 days of the show by email to agility@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Crufts Intermediate Novice ABC Agility Stakes (Special) 2020/2021

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 intermediate dogs are those measuring over 430 mm and measuring 500mm 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 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 fifteen, with the most points, will be invited to a semi-final at Discover Dogs 2020. 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 in. 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 2021.

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 ten places (excluding eliminated dogs) and send the results to the Working Dog Activities Team at the Kennel Club within 14 days of the show by email to agility@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Crufts Medium ABC Agility Stakes (Special) 2020/2021

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 Medium dog competition are those measuring over 350 mm and those measuring 430 mm or under at the withers and eligible to compete in combined Grades 1 to 7 for Medium dogs.

This competition will be classified as combined Grades 1 to 7.

Competition Rules
The competition will be held under 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 fifteen dogs, with the most points, will be invited to a semi-final at Discover Dogs 2020. 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 2021.

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 ten places (excluding eliminated dogs) and send the results to the Working Dog Activities Team at the Kennel Club within 14 days of the show by email to agility@thekennelclub.org.uk

Class definitions
  • Kennel Club agility championships - for large, medium and small dogs which have won an agility certificate at a championship show in the previous year. The winner of this event at each height immediately gains the title of agility champion
  • Kennel Club 'British Open' - international event for the top large, medium and small dogs from different countries which have qualified by competing at The Kennel Club International Agility Festival (grades 6 or 7, or the equivalent)
  • Kennel Club festival novice agility - for the top large, medium and small dogs from the novice cup competition held at The Kennel Club International Agility Festival (grades 3, 4 or 5)
  • Kennel Club team agility - for large, medium and small teams from Kennel Club registered clubs which qualified at a series of heats in the previous year
  • Kennel Club singles agility - for small, medium and large dogs which qualified at heats in the previous year
  • Kennel Club international agility - invitational events for large dogs from Great Britain and overseas
  • Kennel Club large novice ABC agility - special agility competition open to all dogs excluding Border Collies, Working Sheepdogs and any of their crosses. Semi-finals at Discover Dogs in October
  • Kennel Club medium ABC agility - a special agility competition open to all dogs excluding Border Collies, Working Sheepdogs and any of their crosses. Semi-finals at Discover Dogs in October