Dog Agility Training Basics : Best Breeds for Dog Agility Training


Many customers ask me what’s the easiest dog
to train and what’s the best of dog for agility. If you look at the history and results from
many agility championships, generally, you will see herding breeds on the top of the
list, such as, Australian Shepherds and Border Collies. I always tell customers the more
dedicated you are and the harder you train and work with your dog, really, any dog can
be a agility championship. Whether it’s a herding breed, sporting breed, working breed
or a toy breed, all dogs have the basic instinct to run, work and please an owner. Any breed
of a dog will have a good shot at being a great competitor and a agility winner, with
the right owner, focus and training. To summarize, there is no true number one best agility breed.
If you get the right dog, with the right heart, discipline and will to work, they all could
possibly be an agility champion.

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18 Responses

  1. Grace Walker says:

    So am I doing something wrong by running my labrador retriever? He is almost 2 years, very fit, very agile, golden. He loves it and I would hate to take it away from him but if it is doing him harm I no longer wish to continue…

  2. akabbott says:

    Don't forget terriers! We just started the basics with our Jack Russell puppy.

  3. dorothee98 says:

    i brought my dog to agility once he was very good for his first time but i dont bring him there anymore so we train at home 🙂

  4. pastel0711 says:

    my husky that passed away last year won over 20 agility compititions she was fast and very smart

  5. Theodosia2839 says:

    Would a Blue lacy Aussie mix be good?

  6. Leo M says:

    General SB's could not do agility, but if you look at the original lines at the monastery where they were oriignally kept, those dogs are much healthier and still retain the original body form which was alot lighter than most if not all other saints

  7. pippinagilitydog says:

    @milkisox You are not doing your dog harm! You are making him healthier and happier and building a great bond between you and him.

  8. pippinagilitydog says:

    @magicalice10 Agility will be lots of fun fun with your dachshund as long as she is healthy now! Check out this video if you need any convincing: Dash Hounds- All Dachshund U-FLI Flyball dream team

  9. Salty Dogs says:

    I dont like this video at all. ALL dogs no matter WHAT the breed can do agility!!!!! It doesnt always have to be about how fast it is, or what these losers say what can and cant be an agility dog. As long as you have fun and make a strong bond with your doggie, everything is cool!!!

  10. Sarah Saddoris says:

    @LovePeaceAgility haha yeah my Dachshund does Agility and Competitive Obedience. He's a beast at it, too!

  11. Sarah Saddoris says:

    @magicalice10 Just don't jump them too high or if they are older don't jump them. Mine loves the tunnel tho 🙂

  12. Salty Dogs says:

    @ssusgirl Oh yes! 🙂

  13. Randi Knowles says:

    Unlike in this Video, you should NEVER have two dogs doing one obstacle at the same time. They could run into each other or trip and hurt each other!!!!

  14. googleisshittoss says:

    Obviosly you cannot have a Yorkshire Terrier competing with a Border Collie…thats just unfair!…lol

  15. Chldrnfbdm4 says:

    @LovePeaceAgility Then apparently you haven't watched it. He said exactly what you did, "any dog can be a champion"

  16. Steph horan says:

    I have a Labrador retriever puppy he is 9weeks now how old should I start training him to do this type of stuff ?

  17. saine414 says:

    Of course all dogs can be good if you work hard but there have to be a number 1,2,3 breed for the job, dont you think all these people in agiliti championships work hard for there dog? And still Border collies is almost every time on top, why? Because its the best breed for the job, thats it!!!! All this talk is just to give people hope and please people with a nother breed, thats lying and not real straightforward talk :/

  18. Kerrie Connolly says:

    What about the crossbreds of the dog world I think they don't get enough respect
    I have a crossbred he's 1.5 years old and when he was one he won 2nd in a fun agility competition
    And yes I trained him myself

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