The FCI took its first small step on the topic of the new size categories at the last commission meeting last weekend. It has asked the member states to come up with proposals for possible new scenarios and submit them by September. In September, traditionally after the Agility World Championship, is the next time where the commission meets again. The member states were also asked to come up with a solution for handling the size categories at the three major FCI tournaments, the Agility World Championship, the European Open and the Junior Open Agility World Championship.
While the majority of the submitted proposals are likely to be similar to the system currently used in most countries with two additional size categories, the question of how to handle the three major tournaments in the future is more open. There are various arguments in the room. On the one hand, they don’t want to drag the events out even further, but this is hardly avoidable with two or at least one additional category. There is also the sporting devaluation of a world championship title. On the other hand, there is also the fact that everyone has to be given the same opportunities if new sizes are introduced. In other words, all sizes officially recognized by the FCI must be able to win corresponding titles.
A majority of the countries that have already made changes themselves currently rely on a class between Medium and Large, as well as a new class for extra small dogs. In some cases this has proven to be successful, in some cases there are still very few starters. From a health perspective, it is a necessary step. Especially if you want to offer a sport for every dog. However, a change is not expected until 2023. Nevertheless, it is a first step for the FCI, which is careful and considerate about the topic.