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Old 02-12-2019, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Have just heard about teacup agility. This is open to dogs less than 17" at the shoulder and has allowances for jump heights for dogs with long backs and weight exceeding ratio of height...they mention dwarfism. I know bassets are doing agility, but I am afraid of a bad fall or damage to joints/backs from jumping. Any thoughts?
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not a fan look at equipment specs and you will see table size is not conducive for a basset nor is obstacle spacing. The spacing is suppose to mimic what large dogs face on a regular agility course. In teacup it is really hard for a basset to develop speed. and the tighter spacing requires more torquing of the spine while turning between obstacles and over jumps.

If you are looking for maximum jump height concession then look in to CPE and Specialist program in which the jump height would be 4" http://www.k9cpe.com/forms/2016rb.pdf

Also AKC is looking into adding a forearm measurement that will eventual advantage all dwarf breeds with lower jump height
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Thanks for the info. Problematic that they are big dogs on short legs and are not built to absorb shocks from jumping. The course was developed with shepherd size dogs in mind. Seems they ought to do more adjusting for various breeds....big, small and dwarf.
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