Announcing the Breed Power 10

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What is the Breed Power 10?

The Breed Power 10 is a group of the top 10 dogs in each breed at each height ranked by PowerScore. The Breed Power 10 recognizes the fastest dogs in our sport by using average yards per second, rather than double qualifying (QQ) runs or points. The Breed Power 10 does not take into consideration qualifying rate or attendance at the AKC National Agility Championship.

What is a PowerScore?

PowerScore is a dog’s average jumpers with weaves (JWW) yards per second plus two times their average standard (STD) yards per second. This formula provides a single yards per second-based number that takes into account a dog’s speed in both JWW and STD. In order for the Powerscore to better reflect the structure of the AKC National Agility Championship (where only 1 round is JWW, while the other 2 rounds have contact obstacles), STD is given more weight in the formula. Also of note, both the challenger and final rounds at the championship are standard courses.

Who is Ranked?

These rankings are based on a dog’s runs within a height. So it is possible for a dog to be ranked in multiple heights if they have shown in those heights throughout the year. Only Masters runs are included in the calculation. A dog must have at least one run in Standard and one run in JWW to be ranked.

Differences Between the Power 60 and the Breed Power 10

The Power 60 Ranking is limited to dogs who have at least 5 qualifying runs in both standard and jumpers with weaves. This 5 run requirement improves the accuracy of the data (by eliminating very small sample sizes) while not giving dogs that show more often a statistical advantage. However, in an effort to celebrate as many breeds as possible, the Breed Power 10 is only limited to the minimum number of scores required to generate a power score; one qualifying run in both standard and jumpers with weaves.

How Accurate are the Numbers?

The numbers used are those documented and made available by the AKC. However, human error is built into the system, from the scribe who records the dog’s time to the trial secretary who compiles the results, making mistakes inevitable. If you think an error has been made with your dog’s score, please contact sarah@baddogagility.com.

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In this podcast, we discuss our thoughts on ranking systems including the AKC Invitational rankings and our own Power 60 and Breed Power 10: “Episode 86: A Look at Rankings in Dog Agility“.