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What is the most POPULAR sport?

I have my head pretty stuck into protection sport at the moment but I realize the majority of people that compete with their dogs do so in other types of sports.

I am curious which is the most popular competitive dog sport going on right now?
Popular defined by people training for and actually competing against one another.

Competitive as in winning vs participation.

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I'm sure agility

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Yeah. Agility is definitely #1.

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Yep. Agility, and it's not close.

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Is Rally not gaining on agility?

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No. It's really not close. Rally is gaining on traditional obedience, but nothing approaches agility.

AKC agility registration numbers are literally twice the numbers of registrations or entries for obedience or Rally (the second- and third-most popular sports in AKC, since most of the others are more breed-specific and don't draw as much interest outside their breeds). In fact, it is almost exactly twice as popular as the other two sports (25K unique registered dogs were entered in at least one event in 2013, vs. 13 or 12K).

All non-AKC sports are smaller than their AKC counterparts in the U.S., so that gives you a fairly clear picture that agility is #1.

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Soccer is the most popular sport right now...

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No. It's really not close. Rally is gaining on traditional obedience, but nothing approaches agility.

AKC agility registration numbers are literally twice the numbers of registrations or entries for obedience or Rally (the second- and third-most popular sports in AKC, since most of the others are more breed-specific and don't draw as much interest outside their breeds). In fact, it is almost exactly twice as popular as the other two sports (25K unique registered dogs were entered in at least one event in 2013, vs. 13 or 12K).

All non-AKC sports are smaller than their AKC counterparts in the U.S., so that gives you a fairly clear picture that agility is #1.
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Good to know, I figure I need to get into something to appeal to the masses a bit more on the side. Now to find a course or buy the equipment or buy the equipment...?

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Good to know, I figure I need to get into something to appeal to the masses a bit more on the side. Now to find a course or buy the equipment or buy the equipment...?
It is not cheap to buy the equipment. I spent thousands of dollars.

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