A black Labrador retriever named Henry is the American Kennel Club’s 2013 national champion agility dog. The Lab and his owner,Dennis Butler, of Norman and Hubert Bereman of Oklahoma City.
The 8-year-old Labrador won the title last month at the American Kennel Club’s National Agility Championships in Tulsa.
The Labrador won the title last month at the American Kennel Club’s National Agility Championships in Tulsa. Henry, an eight year old Lab, competed against all breeds in five rounds in the 20-inch preferred class. This class requires dogs to navigate obstacle courses and jump 20-inch hurdles. The fewer errors the better. The courses include various jumps, tunnels, weave poles, teeters and other obstacles. It is designed to test the dog’s agility, speed, and discipline.
Henry is trained by Butler and his wife, Kris, owners of the American Dog Obedience Center in Norman.
“Henry is our first agility dog,” said Dennis Butler. He has been working with dogs for 30 years but only started agility training with Henry five years ago. “He is an athletic and high-drive animal, but he maintains that lovable Labrador personality.”
Butler has owned Henry since he was a pup. He was born from field trial royalty. His sire, FC AFC Fordland’s Bored Out Ford, was a 2011 inductee into the Bird Dog Foundation’s Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame.
Henry originally competed in field trials, but on a whim the Butlers decided to see how Henry would perform on an agility course.
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