Addition of 24C jump height division and removal of 26-inch: At the July 2017 AKC Board meeting, the Board approved the dissolution of the 26 Inch height and the addition of the 24” Choice height to replace it. This change is effective for all trials on and after January 2, 2018. This is a mandatory height division that must be offered in all levels of the Regular Titling classes.
This new 24 Inch Choice jump height is for dogs entered in the Regular division that measure 22 inches and under ONLY, whose handlers choose to enter 24 Inches. Dogs that measure 22 Inches and over that are required to jump 24 inches will stay in the current 24 Inch height. As is currently done with the 26 Inch class, the course times for the 24 Inch Choice will be the same as the 20 Inch height in all classes.
Regulation change: Chapter 2. Classes, Titles and Height Divisions Section 4. Height Divisions, Measurement, Measuring Devices. Dogs may only be entered in one jump height division per day for all classes. The following jump height divisions shall be used in all trial Regular classes: 8 Inches: For dogs 11 inches and under at the withers. 12 Inches: For dogs 14 inches and under at the withers. 16 Inches: For dogs 18 inches and under at the withers. 20 Inches: For dogs 22 inches and under at the withers. 24 Inches: For dogs over 22 inches at the withers. Dogs may not be entered in this class if they are 22 inches and under. 24 Inch Choice: Dogs may be entered at this height at their owner’s discretion if their measurement is 22 inches and under at the withers.
Reminder: A club holding a licensed or member trial shall offer a ribbon or rosette for the 24 Inch Choice height as defined in the AKC Regulations for Agility Trials.
Can I move my 24” dog to the new 24 Inch Choice height? Answer: No, if your dog measures over 22 inches they are not able to be entered in the 24 Inch Choice height.
Can I still move my dog up in height if not jumping 24C? Answer: Yes, for example you can move your 8” height dog to the 12” height as is currently allowed. There is no change to that policy.
The height of the table (within 1 inch) is 8 inches for dogs in the 8-inch jump height; 12 inches for dogs in the 12-inch jump height; 16 inches for dogs in the 16-inch jump height; and 20 inches for dogs in the 20-inch, and 24- inch jump height.