First platinum agility warrant goes to Shetland Sheepdog
Jean Tuck and Ag Ch Japaro Cool Jazz at Craygill.
A SHETLAND Sheepdog has become the first dog of any breed to be awarded the platinum agility warrant, the Kennel Club has announced.
Seven-year-old Ag Ch Japaro Cool Jazz at Craygill (Glen) is the fourth agility dog Jean Tuck of Uttoxeter has owned.
The new level of platinum agility warrant was introduced in January and dogs must accrue 1,200 points, 400 of which must have been achieved this year. The higher level of diamond, which requires 1,600 points, was also introduced in 2026.
“It was very exciting to learn that Glen is the first dog to achieve the platinum agility warrant,” Jean said. “He’s a brilliant little dog who really understands agility and always tries very hard to do the course correctly.
“In order to keep up with Glen I had to lose over a stone in weight, so he’s certainly helped me to keep fit.
“I hope this achievement will encourage new people to become interested in agility and that those already involved will be inspired by our achievement and will work towards the platinum agility warrant too, possibly even going on to the diamond award. That’s the great thing about agility – there’s always some new challenge to spur you on.”
Competitors win points from gaining clear rounds and being placed first to tenth in agility or jumping classes. A points table is available on the KC website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/new-to-agility/agility-warrant/.
“The new platinum and diamond agility warrants were introduced in order to provide handlers with additional goals to aim for once they have achieved the well-established gold agility warrant,” said KC secretary Caroline Kisko. “We’re delighted that Jean has achieved the first platinum warrant with Glen and would urge those handlers who have already achieved gold and who are working towards the higher levels to claim their new warrant as soon as they are able.”