What is Flyball and why is it so popular? In this blog we take a look at the competitive sport for dogs and how it has taken the UK by storm.
Flyball originated in America in the late 1960’s with the first Flyball tournament held in 1983.
Flyball has continued to grow and spread over the years, and it is now a worldwide sport, played in America, Canada, Japan, Australia, and many European countries, with European Championships taking place annually.
Flyball is a sport which sees teams of dogs race against each other over a line of hurdles. At the end of the hurdle run, a box releases a tennis ball, which the dog must catch then return to their handlers at the start of the run.
One of the main reasons Flyball has such a large following, is due to the lack of restrictions on breeds. The sport allows mixed breed dogs and non-pedigree dogs to compete alongside their purebred pals. Although it’s herding dogs that dominate the courses, many successful champion teams have crossbreed dogs on their team.
There are Flyball events throughout the UK, so why not pop along and see what it’s all about.
To find out more about Flyball, and how you can get involved, visit www.flyball.org.uk.