Top 10 Dog Breeds for Agility Training

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Dog agility is an exhilarating sport in which a dog's training and handling is put to the test. Not only is it a rush to see your doggo running nimbly through a complex obstacle course, but it's one of the best ways to strengthen the bond between you and your pal. Some of the obstacles include pole weaving, tunnel running, and hurdle jumping. All dogs are welcome to give it a shot, and are sure to make their pet parents proud. There are certain breeds that take to the sport naturally, and really live for the thrill of it. Here are some of the top dog breeds that are woofderful for agility training.

#1 Border Collie

When most people picture agility training, a Border Collie immediately comes to mind. These medium sized herders are renowned for their intelligence, high-energy, and trainability. These dogs can be a handful, but having a job to do, whether it's on a farm or on an obstacle course, is the key to the Border Collie's happiness.

#2 Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers are little balls of energy that are sure to outlast you at the park. It takes more than a game of fetch to wear these guys out! This high energy level combined with their intelligence make them excellent for agility training. If you want to tire out your Jack Russell, you better hit the obstacle course!

#3 Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are fixtures on the rodeo circuit, and the cowboy's number one dog of choice. These exuberant pups are agile movers of stock, work-oriented, and intelligent. Unless you own a farm, it may be a challenge to keep these guys mentally and physically stimulated. Agility training is the pawfect way to keep your Australian Shepherd happy!
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#4 Australian Kelpie

Another breed from Australia, this pooch also has a high level of athleticism. They are a lithe and active breed, developed for herding sheep in the vast open spaces of Australia. They are quick to master jumping, climbing, and making quick, sharp turns. Intensely loyal and devoted to duty, they're sure to give you their best on the course!

#5 Standard Poodle

Don't be fooled by the Standard Poodle's perfectly coifed hairstyle, these dogs are fierce competitors and natural athletes. They stand proud as true aristocrats, and make elegant athletes. They also have the combination of drive, trainability, and intelligence that it takes for agility training. Who says they can't look good while doing it?

#6 Papillon

The Papillon is an upbeat little athlete that can fly over hurdles and through tunnels with the proper training. They are described as happy, alert, and friendly. These toy dogs take a certain level of control and obedience, but are known to have great success in the performance ring. And they're doggone cute!

#7 Shetland Sheepdog

Another working breed, the Shetland Sheepdog loves to put their thinking skills and high energy to good use on an obstacle course. These quick and obedient herders come from the rugged Shetland Islands of Scotland. Unless you have sheep running around in your backyard, it might be a good idea to get your Sheltie involved in a sport!

#8 Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be short in stature, but they still have what it takes to make the jumps! These little dogs are a surprisingly sturdy and athletic breed with powerful legs. They also have the speed and smarts to whip through the most challenging obstacles! This canine makes a fearless and lively athlete.

#9 Rat Terrier

Rat Terriers are incredibly nimble little dogs that were developed to be efficient exterminators. They have the speed and reflexes to handle all the twists and turns in an agility course. They may be small, but they are compact and tough, with a playful demeanor to boot. They make great competitors and companions as well!

#10 German Shepherd

Larger, heavier dogs like German Shepherds may not be as fast on the course as the lighter breeds, but they can definitely hold their own. Any dog breed that is used for jumping out of planes in military gear deserves to be considered an athlete. These versatile dogs have smarts, skills, and an overwhelming desire to please their humans.