Announcing the Bad Dog Agility Power 60 

 January 29, 2014

What is the Power 60?

The Power 60 is a group of the top 10 dogs in each of the 6 AKC Agility height classes (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24″, and 26″) ranked by PowerScore. The Power 60 recognizes the fastest dogs in our sport by using average yards per second, rather than double qualifying (QQ) runs or points. The Power 60 does not take into consideration qualifying rate or attendance at the AKC National Agility Championship.

What is the Preferred Power 60?

The Preferred Power 60 is a group of the top 12 dogs in each of the 5 Preferred AKC Agility height classes (4″, 8″, 12″, 16″, and 20″) ranked by PowerScore.

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 Regular Masters runs are included in the calculation. In addition, the year end Power 60 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.

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“.

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