Weight Pull Title Listings

Weight Pull (or Weight Pulling) is a sport that celebrates the historical use of dogs to move heavy cargo in work environments. It involves dogs pulling weight for a short (16 ft) distance across dirt, gravel, grass, snow, or carpet. In competition, each weight pull lasts one minute or less. Dogs are hitched to carts or sleds with specially designed, padded harnesses that spread the weight and minimize chance of injury. Vehicles holding the weight operate on wheels, sleds, or a rail system. Weight is added in increments until a dog reaches its maximum (determined by the inability to complete the weight pull). Dogs are scored on how much weight they can pull, as well as the proportion of their body weight to the weight amount pulled. To level the playing field, competing dogs are divided into weight classes. Dogs earn points based on the number of completed pulls, the number of dogs they beat, the amount of weight pulled, and/or the percent pulled per pound (of a dog’s weight). Weight pull most commonly attracts the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and Samoyed; along with the more “bully” breeds, such as, the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Boxer, Rottweiler, American Bulldog, English Bulldog, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, and Neapolitan Mastiff. However, any breed or mixed breed is usually allowed to compete. Despite appearances, weight pull is a very safe and humane sport. As noted above, dogs used in weight pull are powerful breeds that were bred to work and pull cargo. In competition, only positive encouragement by handlers is allowed. Weight pull dogs tend to have the determination and desire to compete; and are conditioned to have the physical strength, endurance, and mental stamina required.

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AMERICAN PULLING ALLIANCE (APA)

The APA sponsors weight pull competitions for all dogs. Weight pull events are run on dirt, carpet, and grass using rail, carts, or casters. Points are awarded for placements, as well as for the most weight pulled (MWP), and the most weight pulled per pound (MWPP) in a particular weight division. Points can also be earned for MWP and MWPP at a divisional championship. Dogs who complete pulls in five APA events during one season are eligible to compete in the annual APA Weight Pull Championships. For more information, contact the APA at http://www.weightpull.com/.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
WP1 Weight Pull Dog I A dog must pull 12 times its body weight one time.
WP2 Weight Pull Dog 2 A dog must pull 18 times its body weight one time.
WP3 Weight Pull Dog 3 A dog must pull 23 times its body weight one time.
Star 1 Weight Pull Star 1 A cumulative title that requires 100 points.
Star 2 Weight Pull Star 2 Requires a Star 1 and 100 additional points.
Star 3 Weight Pull Star 3 Requires a Star 2 and 100 additional points.

 

 

I NTERNATIONAL WEIGHT PULL ASSOCIATION (IWPA)

The IWPA promotes the working heritage of all dogs through numerous sanctioned weight pull events in the United States and Canada. These competitions are open to all dogs. There are no rail classes; only sleds on snow and wheeled carts on earthen surfaces or carpet over concrete are used. Dog safety is a primary concern. For more information, contact the IWPA at http://www.iwpa.net/ or info@iwpa.net .

Snow

Since it is considerably more difficult to pull weight on snow than on more level surfaces, weight requirements for titles vary by surface (and pull vehicle) used.

Title Title Name Titling Requirements
WD Working Dog A dog must pull 5 times its body weight at four weight pull competitions.
WDX Working Dog Excellent A dog must pull 10 times its body weight at four weight pull competitions.
WDS Working Dog Superior A dog must pull 15 times its body weight at three weight pull competitions.
Wheels
Title Title Name Titling Requirements
WD Working Dog A dog must pull 12 times its body weight at four weight pull competitions.
WDX Working Dog Excellent A dog must pull 18 times its body weight at four weight pull competitions.
WDS Working Dog Superior A dog must pull 23 times its body weight at three weight pull competitions

 

 

UNITED KENNEL CLUB (UKC)

The UKC’s weight pull program reflects the goal of most weight pull competitions, which is to demonstrate a dog’s stamina and strength. UKC weight pull competitions are sponsored by UKC-sanctioned clubs, and are open to all dogs (purebred and mixed breed) who are registered with the UKC. Dogs pull weight on level surfaces (natural or artificial), snow, or rails. Since some surfaces are easier to pull on than others, weight pull requirements vary by surface type. In addition to the following titling opportunities, the UKC offers a Junior Weight Pull program; annual All Star rankings based on points; a Total Dog Award for dogs competing in conformation and weight pull; and an All Star Invitational to which the 25 top-rated dogs in each class are invited. For more information, contact the UKC at http://www.ukcdogs.com; dogevents@ukcdogs.com; 100 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584; or (269) 343-9020.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
UWP United Weight Puller Requires three qualifying pulls using either the same type of weight vehicle or a combination of sleds, double-axel wheeled carts, and rail carts. Each of these vehicles has a different weight requirement.
UWPCH United Weight Pull Champion Requires a UWP and 100 additional championship points.
UWPCHX United Weight Pull Champion Excellent Requires a UWPCH and 250 additional championship points.
UGWPCH United Grand Weight Pull Champion Requires a UWPCHX and 200 additional points.
UGWPC1 United Grand Weight Pull Champion 1 Requires a UGWPCH and 100 additional points.
UWPV United Weight Pull Versatile Requires a UWP, 100 additional points on one weighted  vehicle, and an additional 100 points, which may be earned on any combination of at least two types of weighted vehicles.
UWPO United Weight Pull Outstanding Requires a UWP and 100 additional points on each of two different types of weighted vehicles.
UWPS United Weight Pull Supreme Requires a UWP and 100 additional championship points on each type of weighted vehicle (rail cart, sled, and wheeled cart).

 

   

UNITED PULLING FEDERATION (UPF)

The UPF’s goal is to “honor the working qualities of the canine athlete” through weight pull competitions. Dog safety is a priority, along with maintaining and strengthening the human/canine bond. Events are held in the United States and in Europe. Classes are divided by weight so that dogs of similar weights compete against each other in wheel, rail, and snow pulls. All breeds can compete for numerous titles and points. There is an annual weight pull championship. Junior handlers are encouraged to compete, but there is no separate junior program. For more information, contact the UPF at http://upfweightpull.webs.com/.

80 LB Weight Class and Under
Title Title Name Titling Requirements
WPI Weight Pull I A dog must pull at least 15 times its body weight one time.
WPII Weight Pull II A dog must pull at least 20 times its body weight one time.
WPIII Weight Pull III A dog must pull at least 25 times its body weight one time.
WPIV Weight Pull IV A dog must pull at least 30 times its body weight one time.
WPV Weight Pull V A dog must pull at least 35 times its body weight one time.
WPVI Weight Pull VI A dog must pull at least 40 times its body weight one time.
WPXI Well Pull Excellent I A dog must pull 20 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 11 national points.
WPXII Weight Pull Excellent II A dog must pull 25 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 21 national points.
WPXIII Weight Pull Excellent III A dog must pull 35 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 36 national points.
WPXIV Weight Pull Excellent IV A dog must pull 40 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 44 national points.
WPXV Weight Pull Excellent V A dog must pull 45 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 52 national points.
WPXVI Weight Pull Excellent VI A dog must pull 50 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 65 national points.
100 Pound Weight Class and Over
Title Title Name Titling Requirements
WPI Weight Pull I A dog must pull at least 12 times its body weight one time.
WPII Weight Pull II A dog must pull at least 18 times its body weight one time.
WPIII Weight Pull III A dog must pull at least 23 times its body weight one time.
WPIV Weight Pull IV A dog must pull at least 30 times its body weight one time.
WPV Weight Pull V A dog must pull at least 35 times its body weight one time.
WPVI Weight Pull VI A dog must pull at least 40 times its body weight one time.
WPXI Weight Pull Excellent I A dog must pull 15 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 11 national points.
WPXII Weight Pull Excellent II A dog must pull 20 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 21 national points.
WPXIII Weight Pull Excellent III A dog must pull 30 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 36 national points.
WPXIV Weight Pull Excellent IV A dog must pull 40 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 44 national points.
WPXV Weight Pull Excellent V A dog must pull 45 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 52 national points.
WPXVI Weight Pull Excellent VI A dog must pull 50 times its body weight on three occasions and accumulate at least 65 national points.

 

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