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Dog sports are activities that involve dogs.

Training a retrieve in Schutzhund, a dog sport.

There is much discussion about what exactly defines a sport[note] for dogs. Some issues:

  • Must a sport be entertaining to watch? Agility, Disc dog, and Dock Jumping are very entertaining to spectators, and often televised.
  • If a human companion is not actively involved, is it actually a sport? Take greyhound racing, for example, or hunting from, say, a duck blind, from which the dog retrieves the game.
  • Is any activity a sport if a casual observer does not understand the nature of the competition? For example, in a conformation show the handler and dog move around a ring for a judge to evaluate the dog's appearance and structure; the skill and knowledge required are not obvious to those uninterested in the sport.

This list is intended only to represent anything that anyone is likely to refer to as a dog sport, not to argue its validity as sport.

An Alaskan Malamute going over an A-frame during a dog agility competition
A Golden Retriever Dock Jumping into a pool.


note: ^ The oldest definition of sport (1300) is of anything humans find amusing or entertaining.[1] Other meanings include gambling and events staged for the purpose of gambling; hunting; and games and diversions, including ones that require exercise.[2] Roget's defines the noun sport as an "Activity engaged in for relaxation and amusement" with synonyms including diversion and recreation.[3] An example of a more sharply defined meaning is "an athletic activity where one competitor or a team of competitors plays against another competitor or group of competitors [with] a conclusive method of scoring...not determined by a judge."[4]


  1. ^ Douglas Harper. "sport (n.)". Online Etymological Dictionary. Retrieved 2008-04-20.  
  2. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged. The Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff. Springfield, MA U.S.A.: G&C Merriam Company. pp. 2206, sport.  
  3. ^ Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.  
  4. ^ Andrew Goodman (July 27, 2007). "That's absurd, golf isn't a sport". New Jersey Herald (newspaper). Retrieved 2008-05-16.  

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