December 12, 2013

The Rarest Breeds at the 2013 AKC Agility Invitational

This weekend, the 2013 AKC Agility Invitational will take place in beautiful Orlando, Florida. The top 5 dogs in each breed are invited to compete, making the Invitational a wonderful celebration that showcases the amazing diversity of dog breeds that compete in AKC agility. This competition has grown in popularity since it’s inception in 2006, especially with handlers who enjoy working with rare agility breeds. As competitors have set their sights on this national level event, the amount of showing required to be a top 5 dog has increased, making it harder to finish in the top 5 even for atypical breeds. However, there are still many breeds that don’t fill their 5 spots; if your agility dog is one of the following breeds, set your sights for next year’s invitational!

    Breed# Dogs Invited
    2013 AKC Agility Invitational
    Affenpinscher3
    Afghan Hound4
    Akita4
    American Foxhound1
    American Hairless Terrier4
    American Water Spaniel1
    Beauceron2
    Belgian Laekenois2
    Berger Picard2
    Black and Tan Coonhound2
    Black Russian Terrier2
    Bluetick Coonhound1
    Bulldog1
    Canaan Dog2
    Cane Corso1
    Catahoula Leopard Dog3
    Cesky Terrier1
    Danish-Swedish Farmdog2
    Dogue de Bordeaux2
    Dutch Shepherd2
    Harrier3
    Ibizan Hound1
    Irish Wolfhound1
    Japanese Chin1
    Kooikerhondje2
    Kuvasz1
    Lakeland Terrier2
    Leonberger3
    Mastiff3
    Miniature Bull Terrier2
    Norrbottenspets2
    Norwegian Buhund4
    Otterhound1
    Pharaoh Hound1
    Polish Lowland Sheepdog2
    Russian Toy1
    Schapendoes2
    Sealyham Terrier4
    Skye Terrier1
    Spinone Italiano3
    St. Bernard3
    Tibetan Spaniel3
    Wirehaired Pointing Griffon1

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  • Special congratulations to the rare breed dogs that made it into the finals!!! I know there was a Polish Sheepdog, American hairless terrier, Blue tick and Entlebucher at least in the finals! And a St Bernard almost made it – they may be rare but they are really, really good at agility!

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