a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: USDAA Titles by Breed--Fun!

Friday, October 08, 2010

USDAA Titles by Breed--Fun!

SUMMARY: Those unusual breeds in agility.
This morning, I'm STILL looking at the USDAA title stats by breed page. Although any minute now I'll get back to (a) packing, (b) billable work, (c) exercising the dogs, (d) procrastinating in some other pointless way.

You can pick some unusual breeds and check the info. Like:

American Foxhound? There's a huuuuuuuuuuge list of titles that have been won by this breed--from 1 to 4 of them for any title, and 3 of those four are Candy Gaiser's. (She's a Bay Area competitor.)

American Hairless Terrier? Bet you didn't even know there was such a breed! One young lady has actually put titles on three of them!

Barbets? No titles ever! (Might be different in AKC, dunno, but apparently USDAA's database is READY just in case any one of the 2 Barbet owners in the known universe decides to do agility.)

Basset Hound: Not a breed one can usually picture as being agile. But a couple of hardy souls have tried, although none progressed passed starters in the Championship track, and only a couple past starters in the Peformance track--in fact are doing well in some areas at the P3 (performance masters level) but have not yet managed to earn a championship. That's dedication!

Beauceron: Another uncommon breed, a big working dog. I thought to check only because Channan Fosty, Bay Teamer and National Champion and World Team member with her fabulous BC Icon, started out in agility with a Beauceron but didn't go far with him in USDAA; not sure why, as he in fact earned his championship in AKC agility. Only one Beauceron has ever earned a USDAA Championship, and I can't imagine there are many in AKC, either.

Bernese Mountain Dog: They're big dogs and can be kinda lumbering, but Bay Team's Katie Tolve ran hers to the only Berner ADCH in history to date, and man, could that dog run! Fast and eager and graceful! This breed is greatly handicapped by tending to die of cancer at 5 or 6 years of age. Kintla made it to 8.

Border Collie: 1,148 have earned their Jumpers Masters (5 Qs) titles to date. Hear that, O Boost who can't get more than one?! On the other hand, only 740 have earned their Gamblers Champion (10 Qs), and 427 their Relay Champion Bronze (15 Qs) and Boost managed those. Huh. I guess we're inside out, which makes Boost an unusual breed.

OK, really, one could look for interesting stories all through here, but--ahem--I'm rather busy and don't have time. The rest of the breeds are left as an exercise for the student.

So--what's your favorite breed and story or observation about their USDAA stats?

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