For More Information on Ringsport, please click the link above
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Watching French Ring Sport

By Chris Redenbach and Lesli Taylor

 Welcome to French Ring Sport, the most exciting dog sport to reach America. You'll see awesome jumping, complex obedience, and a hair-raising duel of speed, courage and wits between decoy and dog.

 This sport has been evolving into its present form in France for just about one century. Introduced to North America in 1986, it has been attracting a great deal of interest in the sport dog community. There are an ever-growing number of trials giving clubs. The North American Ring sport Association (N.A.R.A.) is the governing organization and maintains a liaison with the parent French organization which operates under the auspices of the S.C.C. (Societe Centrale Canine), the French equivalent of the AKC. Titles earned here are recognized internationally. Recognized trials are now offered in several countries, including Mexico, Canada and other places.

What is Ring Sport?



Certificat de Sociabilit et dAptitude lUtilisation (CSAU) for NARA 
All dogs, without exception, must be at least 12 months old on the day of the 
examination, and presented by their owner.  These criteria must be verified by the judge 
before beginning the test. 
The judge or trial secretary must fill out CSAU reports to be submitted to the NARA 
Note:  It is not required for a dog to be identified by tattoo or microchip in order to 
participate in the CSAU evaluation, however, a passing evaluation on an unidentified 
dog may not be used as a prerequisite for ringsport competition and as such, may not 
later be recorded in a scorebook. 
Content of the test: 
The purpose of the temperament test is to evaluate the dogs character and stability and 
the ability of the owner to control his or her dog.  The judge will focus on these specific 
points during the test.   
1. Evaluation of stability and sociability, in the presence and absence of the 
 Absence of reaction, panic or defensive behavior when the dogs leash is 
held by a stranger in the presence and absence of the owner. 
 Reaction to the pets and contact of a stranger, in the presence of the 
owner.  Owners control over the dog while the tattoo or microchip is read. 
 Reaction of the dog to noise in the presence and absence of the handler.  
The origin of the noise will always be at least 5 meters away, and may 
never be gunfire. 
 Passing by another dog on leash, with 1 to 2 meters between the dogs. 
 If the dog shows from the start, signs of aggression or excessive fear, or if 
its behavior such that the owner cannot control the dog for tattoo or 
microchip reading, the dog will have to be deferred. 
2. Exercises 
A. Heel on leash.
The dog should be able to walk with its owner without excessively pulling on the 
leash, however, occasional tension on the leash can be tolerated.  The dog and 
owner must be able to pass through a group of people with a loose leash without 
B. Absence of handler.

      The Brevet

 Any dog which has been awarded the Brevet for Dogs of Defense from a NARA recognized sanctioning body is eligible to compete in Ring I at a NARA trial.  (see NARA  Policies 300 and 2000)

The   Brevet 
Exercise Points
1 Heel on Leash  4
2 Food Refusal (1 piece thrown)  10
 General Outlook (see sections 1.10.3 and 4.11.1)  8
3 Heel off Leash (with muzzle)  8
4 Absence of Handler (duration 1 minute, dog in a down position)  10
5 Defense of Handler (2 gunshots)  30
6 Face Attack at 30 meters (duration 15 seconds)  30
Total 10





  Who can Participate?


All persons desiring to enter a NARA trial must be a member in good standing of NARA, CRA, SCC, GTRM, or other CUN-recognized national French ringsport organization. All individuals who are citizens of the United States or who's primary domicile is in the United States or United States Territories are required to be NARA members in order to compete in NARA trials.

Revised January 28, 2009




  • NARA Authorized Breeds consist of any registered dog, registered by a nationally recognized breed registry.
  • Males must be sexually intact.
  • NARA also authorizes "Blue" dogs to compete.
  • A "Blue" dog is any unregistered dog and/or a male dog that is sexually not intact.
  • There is no limit as to how many Blue Dogs a handler may compete with (updated 6-22-2004).
  • Only the Authorized Breeds on the S.C.C. list may compete in France.


For More Information on Ringsport, please click the link above
 to go to the official NARA website.