Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Here are top 10 agility dog breeds.
#1 – Border Collie
The Border Collie is a herding dog breed originating from Scottish Borders. They are hard-working, intelligent and energetic and highly trainable breed. The Border Collie is also the breed that won the 2020 Masters Agility Champion at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual agility competition. The Border Collie has independent and extremely intelligent thinking to handle their work. However, if they do not work, play, or exercise regularly, they will feel bored and destructive. Border Collie owners should expect to spend a lot of time with their dog.
#2 – Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd, also known as Aussie, is a breed of medium-sized herding dog that originated in United States. They have a similar appearance to the Border Collie and are also excellent agile competitors. The Australian Shepherd is a smart, loyal, highly energetic, loving, kind, devoted dog. The Australian Shepherd a deep bond with their owners and also requires attention from their owners.
#3 – Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as Sheltie, is a small dog breed originating from Scotland. All have white hairs on the collar, parts of the legs and usually the tip of the tail, some may have white streaks on the face. The downy undercoat is covered by a long, dense, rough outer coat with a noticeable ruffled coat around the neck, leg hair, petticoat on the abdomen, and frills on the hindquarters. Shelties are also a sheepdog, they are enthusiastic at work and show good skills. They are also excellent athletes in the agility competition. The Sheltie is docile, very intelligent, playful, enthusiastic, energetic dog and easy to train.
#4 – Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. They have white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour. The Jack Russell Terrier is a working dog breed of terrier and high-energy dog. They require a lot of exercise and attention, if not working or playing will make them bored, can chew everything and can become destructive. This breed is also an excellent agility dog, and they frequently appear in agility competitions.
#5 – Papillon
The Papillon is a small breed of dog, with its outer appearance highlighted by large ears, resembling butterfly wings. They are also an intelligent, friendly, adventurous dogs, most of the time they are happy, they are a bit mischievous and enjoy being active. They are also quick-learning dogs and love to learn new things. The Papillon is also a dog that appears regularly in Masters Agility Championship shows.
#6 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small breed of cattle dog native to Wales. They are famous for their short legs, and extremely cute appearance however they are also a great breed for the sport of agility. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an intelligent, affection, playful, easy-to-train dog. Socializing early, they are very friendly and love their family, making family members happy is always what they want.
#7 – Rat Terrier
The Rat Terrier is small sized dog breed originating in The United States of America. They are bred mainly for hunting rats, for pest control and as pets in the family. The Rat Terrier has a compact, well-proportioned appearance with a smooth, shiny coat that has a variety of patterns that make them suitable for warm weather. The Rat Terrier is an intelligent, active, loyal dog that likes to receive a lot of mental stimulation and exercise.
#8 – American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of the sporting dogs recognized by the AKC, and is a type of spaniel that is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel and they originated from the United States. The American Cocker Spaniel has medium long silky fur on the body and ears, hanging down on the legs and belly (known as feathering) and has a head with upturned nose, rounded dome of the skull, well-pronounced stop, and a square shaped lip and the ears hang down make them very easy to identify. The American Cocker Spaniel is a smart, obedient, gentle, happy dog and can get along with children and other pets. They are also the breed that appears regularly in agility competitions.
#9 – Standard Poodle
Today we often see Standard Poodle appearing in agile and obedient competitions. The Standard Poodle is a intelligent dog, easy to train, suitable for playing with children, and they also have hypoallergenic fur. And not just Standard Poodle, all versions of Poodle are great, smart, docile companions.
#10 – Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested is a hairless breed of dog originating from China. They are of two types: Hairless and Powderpuff, both of which can be born in the same litter. Powderpuff has a thick, straight, soft double coat and also very little shed. Hairless has smooth, soft skin, and they have tufts of hair on the head, tail and ankles. Both Chinese Crested Hairless and Powderpuff are good choices for allergy sufferers. In addition, the Chinese Crested is also an affectionate, playful, loving, alert and devoted dog. Chinese Cresteds also do quite well at agility competitions.