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Dog's Height
Jump Heights
Rising Spread

If you're making your own agility equipment here's a few Kennel Club specifications that might be useful.  I haven't included things like water jumps and wishing wells.  Oh come on.  Are you really going to make these for your back garden? 
If you're new to agility you'll need to know what size your dog is.  It's the height of the dog at the withers that counts.

More specifications can be found in the Kennel Club Agility and Flyball rule book.

(This page was last updated on 24th August 2011)

Dog's Height                                                                 

Large dogs are those measuring over 43cm at the withers.
Medium dogs measure over 35cm and 43cm or under.
Small dogs measure 35cm or under at the withers.

The Height of the Jumps

The height of the hurdle must be

650mm (2ft 1.6ins) for Large Dogs
450mm (1ft 5.7ins) for Medium Dogs
350mm (1ft 1.75ins) forSmall Dogs.
Width: 1.219m (4ft) minimum.

(Our practice jumps are a couple of inches smaller than this and it hasn't caused any problems.)

Rising Spread                                                                 
In the table below I've listed the heights for the rising spread.  However, I've noticed that to comply with the regulations the medium and small dogs are going to need poles at heights where clubs are unlikely to put their jump cups. 

Rising Spread Specifications

A maximum of 2 single jumps as in Item a-(Hurdle) placed together to form a double spread, there must be no more than 2 elements to this obstacle. The top bar on the first hurdle must be at least 150mm (5.9ins) to 250mm (9.8ins) lower than the second hurdle.

There must be only one pole on the back hurdle. The feet of the side supports (wings) should not be interlocking but touching and must not be out of line by more than 76mm (3ins).


Higher Element

Lower Element

Maximum Spread

Large dogs


40cm - 50cm


Medium dogs


20cm - 30cm


Small dogs


10cm - 20cm



Aperture diameter 533mm (1ft 9ins) minimum.

Aperture centre from the ground:

Large Dogs - 800mm ((2ft 7.5ins).

Medium Dogs - 550mm (1ft 9.6ins).

Small Dogs - 490mm (1ft 7.3ins).

The hoop to be of a consistent shape, constructed of an impact-absorbing material. The height of the hoop should not be lowered. The tyre/hoop must be directly mounted in a substantial frame structure which must be secured in such a way that dogs cannot knock the obstacle over from either direction; the frame shall not have a beam across the top.

Now I haven't made one of these....yet, but if you want to make your own A-frame it's one of those bits of equipment that doesn't have to be full size.  It will still be useful as a contact trainer even if it's smaller than the standard.  For those who want to have a go here's some dimensions.

The Kennel club standard is:
Two ramps, 9feet long, 3feet wide and hinged at the apex, 5ft 7ins from the ground.   The last 3ft 6ins from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the do should make contact.  Each ramp to have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 6ins of the start of the contact area.
Now, I've used my trigonometry to calculate how you could make this smaller and still keep the angle of dangle the same.  That is the steepness of each ramp will be approximately the same as the Kennel Club standard.  I've also calculated how much room the A-frame would take up lengthwise so here goes.

Ramp Length

Height at apex

Length of A-frame

9 feet

5ft 7ins

14ft 1ins

8 feet


12ft 6ins

7 feet

4ft 4ins


6 feet

3ft 9ins

9ft 4"


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