If you are thinking about getting a new puppy and fancy trying your hand at the popular canine sport of dog agility, there are a few breeds that will give you a head start.
A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes in the last two years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership soared and post-lockdown demand for four-legged friends remains high.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One thing to take into consideration is that some dogs are more agile than others – able to perform tricks, jumps and tasks others would balk at.
These breeds are the ones that often appear in the winners lists of dog agility competitions, where pups are challenged to complete complex obstacle courses.
Here are the 10 most agile breeds of dog.
1. Border Collie
The ultimate dog when it comes to agility has to be the Border Collie. They have been bred to herd sheep and the same skills - along with their extreme intelligence - mean that they will tear around an agility course without a second thought. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier is one of the most energetic breeds of dog you can find - seemingly impossible to tire out. It makes them a natural fit to whizz around agility courses, with their tiny frames meaning there's plenty of room for them to squeeze through the tightest of obstacles. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Australian Kelpie
The Australian's love of sport seems to extend to their canines. The Australian Kelpie is another dog from Down Under that excel at agility sports - being athletic and having a deep need to please their owner. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. German Shepherd
There's very little German Shepherds don't excel at, from being brilliant guard dogs and police dogs, to being wonderful family pets and guide dogs. You can add agility to the list, with the breed more than making up with their comparative lack of speed with a dedication to perfection. Photo: Canva/Getty Images