French Ring Sport is a protection dog sport, not unlike Schutzhund exercises, but unique in its own right.
The sport involves a number of trials intended to test both the dog and its handler.
Exercises include jumps, palisades, retrieval and tests of obedience, as well as bite-work using a decoy outfitted in a special French Ring bite suit.
The decoy is considered an active adversary to the dog and will do his best to confuse, enrage or otherwise undermine the training and character of the dog.
The history of French Ring shares close ties to Belgian Ring Sport. Both originated in the late 1800’s as a way to determine a dog’s suitability for breeding. Edmond Moecheron, a Belgian Shepherd dog breeder, is credited by some as being the father of ring sport.
In 1907, the first ring sport was conducted in Mechelen, Belgium. The establishment of separate rules for French and Belgian Ring would grow from here.
The country of origin, year founded or first trial, and the sport titles can be found on the tee. We hope you like it as much as we do.
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