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The Best Dog Breeds for Canine Sports

Find out which dog breeds will excel in canine sports!

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We’ve shortlisted the best dog breeds for protection, cuddling, active owners, apartments, therapy work, endless adoration, and a whole lot more (links below)! We asked Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, for the low down on which breeds are the best fit for a whole array of activities and situations. Read on in this article to find out which dog breeds are the best for canine sports!




A Papillon’s small stature may fool you but they’re great agility competitors. Papillons can be very fast and are great jumpers for their height.


border collie


Border Collies seem to be created with the sport of agility in mind. They are outrageously smart, driven, and quickly agile.


American Staffordshire Terrier


American Staffordshire Terriers are strong, athletic, active dogs who love to have a job to do. They are highly trainable and appreciate both physical and mental challenges.


Shetland Sheepdog

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Shetland Sheepdogs are full of monster-crazy energy but can also be calm, shy, and introverted. Their eagerness to work, innate intelligence, speed, and spunk are the reason they dominate agility tournaments.




Poodles are originally water retrievers, so their athletic background comes naturally to them. The public associates poodles as fluffy show dogs, but their brilliance and athleticism make them dominant in obedience and agility trials. 


These are some of the best dog breeds for dog owners who’d love to compete in canine sports; thanks Gina! Which one is your favourite?


Find the best breeds for your needs below!

Best Breeds for Apartments

Best Breeds for Running

Best Breeds for Active Owners

Best Breeds for Protection

Best Breeds for Endless Adoration & Loyalty

Best Breeds for Taking Everywhere & Travelling

Best Breeds for Cuddling

Best Breeds for Service Dogs

Best Breeds for Emotional Support

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

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