What is French Ring Sport?
French Ring is a security dog sport originating in France. It includes exercises in protection and obedience and starts with a temperament test that confirms the dog has the right body and attitude to work through the rest of the sport.
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Can any breed participate?
Because it concentrates on protection dogs and their capacity for work, the most common breeds that compete in French Ring Sport are German Shepherd Dogs, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois. However, American Bulldogs, Rottweiler dogs, and Dobermans historically perform very well.
What equipment is required?
Bite work training requires specialized equipment, such as:
- Bite suit
- Tug toys
- Fur saver collar
- Protection harness
What is the goal?
French Ring Sport features a handler, dog team, and a decoy. The decoy, also known as the aggressor, is an individual wearing a protective bite suit to keep them safe when the dogs attack. The purpose is to test a dog’s suitability for protection and guarding work. Virtually all working and military dogs have been trained by sending them to bite an aggressor wearing a bite suit. The dogs that excel in French Ring Sport and real-life scenarios develop from years of selective breeding to ensure that that are proficient in these demanding positions. The higher the level, the more challenging it is to succeed.
How is it judged?
Judges score competitions according to precise rules for point deductions that are justified on the tally sheet. Decisions are assisted by information received from the decoy about extra bites delivered after an out command, and details from a deputy judge about working irregularities.
How do I get started?
Most clubs and their members welcome newcomers who want to try out French Ring Sport. There are many online videos and locating a club nearby is relatively simple. You can attend a trial near you by contacting the North American Ring Association (NARA).