Jumping Dog Breeds
February 11, 2019
Whilst some dogs may have a bouncy personality, some breeds come with the natural ability to easily get airborne. This will definitely need to be a consideration when you are considering what breed to bring into your home – you won’t want to lose them over the garden fence!
However, some owners favour dog breeds with a high amount of agility. Agility competitions are more popular than ever all across the globe, allowing owners to show off the skills of their high-flying dogs. Dogs with the ability to get airborne are often showcased in events such as dock diving competitions or herding competitions. The competitions are now well sponsored and come with generous prizes.
Generally, the dogs with the ability to jump to great heights are herding dogs such as Australian Cattle dogs, Border Collies and Kelpies. However, many small breeds are often springy enough to reach a height that exceeds their body height. Yet, with herding dogs, some even have the ability to scale walls.
Dog breeds which are renown for their protection also come with the ability to scale obstacles and walls such as Rottweilers and German Shepherds. And let’s not forget the leggier breeds such as Wolfhounds, Greyhounds and Borzois who can clear hurdles over 6 feet high with relative ease, not needing to pull themselves over the obstacles.
The Belgian Malinois is a relative newcomer to the agility competitions, however, when it comes to dock diving, they are almost matching Border Collies and Greyhounds which have set the highest records.
The current Guinness record-holders include Cinderella May; a Greyhound who was able to clear a hurdle a 5’ 8” in 2006. Cinderella May beat the former record-holder Wolf; a Borzoi who was able to clear a 5” 2’ hurdle.
Prizes also went to dogs who could leap the highest in the air. A Russian Wolfhound claimed the record with an 11-inch jump.
Herding High jump contests also give springy dogs the ability to win. These forms of competition most commonly take place in Australia and the object of the competition is to clear a wooden barrier as it gets raised with every round. Rather than just clearing a hurdle without the use of their legs, the dogs have to run to a barrier and grasp at the top with their paws, before pulling themselves onto the boards onto a stack of hay bales. So, this is undoubtedly the hardest agility for a dog to compete in. The Kelpie breed tends to be king when it comes to Herding High Jump competitions, however, Border Collies are also able to exceed 9 feet with their jumps.
You may not want a dog breed which will bounce all over your house (especially if it's small), however, the breeds listed in this article also make for the perfect family pets, especially Greyhounds as they are an incredibly reserved breed. After expending all of their energy out in the field, you’ll notice that they spend a fair amount of time snoozing on the sofa afterwards.