Competition Dog Testing

Tests will be judged according to the FCI rules and regulations. They will be held in one ring, 30 x 40 m. Two judges (one from the host country) will officiate.The World Agility Championships will consist of:

a) 2 'individual' tests

  • 1 Agility course containing the contact equipment and if a table is used it should have electronic timing.
  • 1 Jumping course without contact equipment or the table, unless it is placed at the 'start' – in which case it should not be regarded as an obstacle.

The course will only contain the approved obstacles.

The two results added together will determine the winner, who will be 'World Agility Champion'. In case of a tie (for first place only), a run-off is held over a third course.

2 'team' tests

  • 1 Agility course containing the contact equipment and if a table is used it should have electronic timing.
  • 1 Jumping course without contact equipment or the table, unless it is placed at the 'start' – in which case it should not be regarded as an obstacle.

Each participating country will be allowed to enter one team, consisting of 3 dogs per category (a dog can be entered in one team only). The course will only contain the approved obstacles.

The two results (agility and jumping) of the 3 dogs of each team will be added together to determine the winning team. The winning team will be called 'World Agility Champions'.

Test Dog
Before the judge starts the test and after determining the SCT, a 'test dog' – that does not take part in the competition – will have a test run. This will occur in each category.

3. Applications

For the World Agility Championships, NCOs affiliated to the FCI (or those with a close relationship) are allowed to select:

  • 'Individual' tests: 9 dogs, "L", "M" or "S".
  • 'Team' tests: 1 team consisting of 3 dogs per category, 'L', 'M' and 'S'.

Note: The winners in the 'individual' tests (L – M - S) of the previous Championship will be selected automatically so they can defend their title. These dogs will simply be added on to the number of dogs allowed for their country.

Only the dogs registered with the studbooks (and not the "waiting list" or "appendix") of the FCI member organizations and contract partners or registered with a non FCI member organization whose studbook is, however, recognized by the F.C.I. will be allowed to compete. In addition, these dogs must have achieved the qualification 'Excellent' or at least 'Very Good' in an official Agility 2 or Agility 3 test.

The NCOs can consider other criteria.

The NCOs will send the entry forms, properly completed and signed, to the organizing committee before the closing date. They will, at the same time, appoint a 'team leader' or coach who shall be responsible for the team before the organizing committee.

4. Ring equipment

2 complete agility sets, consisting both of the following approved obstacles:

10 hurdles with poles (1 brush fence, 1 hurdle with full panel, 1 hurdle with gate are also allowed), 1 tyre, 1 wall or viaduct, 1 dog walk, 1 A-frame, 1 see-saw, weaving poles, 1 table with an electronic timing device built in the surface, 1 long jump, 1 tube tunnel and 1 flat tunnel.

5. Veterinary control

Each dog will be submitted to a veterinary control before the competition starts. The inoculation certificates against rabies will be checked. Dogs coming from or going to a rabies-infected region must also have a valid health certificate issued by their veterinary surgeon.

Pregnant bitches or dogs that are ill or hurt will not be allowed to compete. Bitches in heat are allowed to compete, provided they are separated from the other competing dogs, and kept away from them and run last in the competition.

6. Record book or license

Each dog must have a record book or license, which is handed over to the organizing committee before the competition starts.

7. Judges

The FCI Agility Committee will appoint two qualified judges; one of them must be from a different country than the organizing country.

The judge is not permitted to judge immediate family such as spouse, partner, father, mother, daughter, son or household residents.

The expenses of the judges are defined in the FCI 'Specifications for the World Agility Championships'. The organizer must provide the foreign judge with an interpreter in one of the four FCI languages (French, English, German, Spanish).

The judging are definitive and cannot be appealed

8. Prizes

In the interest of international agility, it is advisable that each participating country contributes to the success of the World Agility Championships by putting special or extra prizes at the disposal of the organizing committee.

The organizing committee must abide by the FCI rules and regulations that lists all the committee's duties and responsibilities and implement them correctly.

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