This article is from the American Kennel Club FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The AKC just approved and implemented AKC Agility tests effective
August 1, 1995. There are four titles obtainable: Novice Agility (NA),
Open Agility (OA), Agility Excellent (AX), and Master Agility
Excellent (MX). Dogs must be AKC registered and 12 months or older to
The heights of the jumps is dependent on the dog's height at the
withers, and there are four jump height divisions: 10 inches and
under, 14 inches and under, 20 inches and under and over 20 inches.
Dogs jump 2 inches under their height division except for dogs over 20
inches, who all jump at 24 inches.
There are specific requirments for the following obstacle and jumps
that may appear in Agility classes: A-frame, Dog-Walk, Seesaw, Pause
Table, Open Tunnel, Closed Tunnel, Weave Poles, Crawl Tunnel, Sway
Bridge, Circle/Tire Jump, Window Jump, Broad Jump, Double Oxer Jump,
Triple Bar Jump.
To earn an Agility title, the dog must earn three qualifying scores
awarded by at least two different judges. The Master Agility Excellent
is acheived through ten qualifying scores in the Agility Excellent
class. A qualifying score is at least 85 out of a maximum of 100
points. Points are deducted for slow course time, refusing obstacles,
improperly negotiating obstacles. Dogs that take more than double the
time alloted to run the course, or that knock obstacles or jumps down,
run the course out of order, foul the ring, leave the ring, etc., are
eliminated from the competition at that show for that day.
This class is divided into A and B classes, the former for handlers
and dogs that have never acquired an Agility title, and the latter for
dogs that have a Novice Agility title or whose handler has put Agility
titles on other dogs.
The Novice course can include 12 to 13 of the following elements:
A-Frame, Pause Table, Dog Walk, Open Tunnel, Seesaw, Closed Tunnel,
Circle/Tire/Window Jump, Broad Jump, High Jump, Double Oxer Jump, two
additional jumps, excluding triple and single bar jumps.
This class is open to dogs that have earned the NA or OA title, but
not the AX or MX titles.
The Open course can include 15 to 17 of the following elements: 12
Novice obstacles are mandatory; plus the Weave Poles, Crawl Tunnel,
and any jump except the triple and single bar jumps.
The agility Excellent class is open to dogs that have earned the OA or
The Excellent course can include 18 to 20 of the following elements:
All of the Open class obstacles plus the triple bar, single bar and
one additional jump to meet the minimum. The Sway Bridge is optional.