Border Collie coming over the jumps with a ball in her mouth.

Who is Racing?

There are over 21,000 dogs registered in the sport of flyball, and the top two breeds are Border Collies (for their work ethic and speed) and mix breeds (because they are the most common dog owned). Jack Russell Terriers are up there due to their small stature making them a good choice for a height dog (see “jumps” for more information on height dogs). Australian Shepherds and Labs round out the top five with all these breeds having anywhere from 1,000 - 5300 competitors registered.

Dalmatian sailing over the jumps.

Who Can Play?

The best thing about flyball is that any breed can race. There are some advantages, and disadvantages, to certain breeds though. Of course, some dogs are faster while others are shorter, making them ideal height dogs. It all comes down to the divisions in racing.

There are 3 main divisions in flyball:

  • Regular Division: any combination of breeds can race together.
  • Multi-breed Division: you can have duplicate breeds listed on this team but, the four dogs on the racing floor “MUST” all be a different breed.
  • Open Division: any combination of breeds can race together. You don’t even have to be in the same club!

This is a non-discriminating dog sport.