Agility: Competing

Registering your dog for KC competitions

In order to compete at a Kennel Club agility show, your dog must be registered with the Kennel Club; either on the Breed Register if your dog is a pedigree dog, or the Activity Register if it is a crossbreed or a non-pedigree dog.

To register your dog on the Activity Register, apply online or print out and complete Form 5 (link below). The registration fee is £15. The Kennel Club will send you an Activity Registration Certificate – this will include your chosen KC Name for your dog and the dog’s KC number.

Form 5 – Registration of a Dog on the Activity Register

Measuring

Dogs competing at Small and Medium heights must be measured prior to competing. If you compete at Large height it is not necessary to have the dog measured. Dogs who will compete at Intermediate height, when it is introduced in 2020, should be measured during 2019.

You will need:

  • an Agility Record Book (price £1.50) – these are available at measuring sessions and can also be ordered from The Kennel Club Shop
  • a note of your dog’s KC name, KC number and microchip number (actual registration document is not necessary) – these should be filled in into your Agility Record Book
  • the measuring fee of £4

Dogs must be at least 15 months of age to be measured.

The current (2019) heights are:
Large: 650mm height hurdles for dogs measuring over 430mm at the withers. Lower Height Option (LHO) of 550mm height hurdles (also called “standard”).
Medium: 450mm height hurdles for dogs measuring over 350mm and measuring 430mm or under at the withers. LHO of 350mm height hurdles.
Small: 350mm height hurdles for dogs measuring 350mm or under at the withers. LHO of 250mm height hurdles (also called “micro”).

The hurdle heights will change from 1st January 2020 to:
Large: 600mm height hurdles for dogs measuring over 500mm at the withers.
Intermediate: 500mm height hurdles for dogs measuring over 430mm and measuring 500mm or under at the withers.
Medium: 400mm height hurdles for dogs measuring over 350mm and measuring 430mm or under at the withers.
Small: 300mm height hurdles for dogs measuring 350mm or under at the withers.

Intermediate Height Category

Dogs who will compete at the new Intermediate height in 2020 must be measured during 2019. Any dog measured into Intermediate before 1st January 2020 may continue to compete in Large until 1st January 2020.

If any dog competes in Large from 1st January 2020, it will not have the option to be measured into Intermediate in the future.

New dogs competing from 1st January 2020 will be required to undergo the measurement process to determine in what height to compete.

The Lower Height Option categories will remain available until 1st January 2020.

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