Agility only started up in Colombia in
1998 in the two principal cities Bogotá and Medellín. It is regulated by the ACCC (Asociación
Club Canino Colombiano) which internationally is within the Federation Cynologique
Internationale (FCI), but at the same time we permit the participation of non-registered
dogs as we need to have more dogs in trials.
The first agility trials that were
organised in Colombia were always under the framework of Breed Shows carried out by the
ACCC, which is how Agility became an official sport and FCI affiliated. However, some
go-ahead businesses such as pet food makers Purina and Solla collaborated to help us hold
more official trials and gave some assistance to the first training clubs.
In the beginning getting training
resources was complicated; we practised with broomsticks, bed railings, and any object
that we could recycle from the trash. It was all very improvised, but we were very
motivated by our love for our dogs and our determination to train them.
seven years we have achieved a lot. There are now 15 clubs in Bogotá: ARC, Huellas,
Barbas, Dog Wolf, Dog's Sport Club Fusagasuga, Nordic Agility Club, Atalanta, Guican,
Agility Anubis Clan, Guaymaral, Shalom Flying Dogs, Cicam, Jambo, V & A Libre, MIDGARD
and C & K.
In Medellín there are five clubs: Club
Sociedad Canina, Gama, Cadecán, Handler and C.A.C. Oriente Antioqueño. All have very
competitive dogs some of which have already participated in the World FCI Championships
in France and Italy.
In 2002 Colombia was headquarters of the Americas and Caribbean Agility Championships,
with the participation of various countries, and in 2003 we also participated in the same
championships in Peru. Every year we take part in the IAL trials (International Agility
Link) and in 2003 I had the satisfaction of going to Dallas to compete in the USDAA Grand
Prix of Dog Agility, alone with my dog Penelope.
Colombia only practises agility under
FCI regulations, a situation that obliges us to have registered dogs to be able to aspire
to participate in the world championships. But we are hoping to practise agility at USDAA
or AKC trials in the USA and in this way we hope to be able to participate in
international events with dogs that are not registered or that are crossbreeds, as they
do in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan among others.
fun in Columbia, too
Our main driving force is love for our dogs and agility does not aim to be a business;
it’s a sport and a way to have fun with our pets, helping them to be sociable and remove
them from the stress of city life, and helping us to be proud of our dogs.
Agility handlers in Colombia are
learning more about the sport every day, and our goal is to apply the better training
techniques without violence or abuse. The experience we have gained in international
trials has encouraged us to improve and to breed a new generation of Border Collies,
Shelties and Fox terriers, among other breeds, which are still in the young phase but are
our hope and dream for the future.
agility don't mix
Someone in Dallas asked me how we managed to train in agility, in a country
with so many political, social and security problems. What can I tell you? Colombia isn’t
like the media stories; daily life in our cities permits us to have a hobby, a sport, and
a normal life, and there are many people in Colombia who own pets and desire to be proud
of them, who want to learn some sport and who dream - why not – of being a World Champion
For more information about agility
in Columbia, South America visit
(It may be in Spanish but agility is an international language)