Pets that Jump

Many of us have seen dogs jump in agility, we have seen horses jump at horse shows, we have seen dolphins leap into the air at Aquarium shows, and have pet cats that jump everywhere. I bet not too many have seen rabbit jumping contests though.

Dog Agility

By now most people are familiar with Dog Agility, where by owners of intelligent (and some not so intelligent) dogs test their pets by running them through, or over, various jumps and obstacles. The public loves seeing big dogs challenged with tall jumps but simply go crazy when small dogs, such as this Papillon, seem to fly over the jumps. The record height for a dog to jump is just over 5 feet.

Horse Jumping

Horses have been used in jumping competitions and shows for a long time. Who can jump the highest? Who can jump the farthest? It is a thrilling sport that attracts large crowds and expensive horses. Horses will great jumping talent are often more valuable than race horses, and treated like gold. Horses can jump over seven feet high, with the record being just over eight feet.

It is interesting to note that horse show jumping is one of the only sports where men and women compete equally against each other.  In the photo the rider looks more frightened than does the horse. 

Dolphin Jumping

For entertainment of the crowds at Sea Animal Parks, many dolphins are taught to show off their natural jumping talents. The public is often caught by surprise when the animals make a big jump and subsequent splash near where the front row of spectators is seated.  Dolphins are able to leap several yards out of the water. 

Cat Jumping

Cats jump because they are cats, they are poetry in motion, agility in its glory. While not as competitive as other jumping animals, it is probably only because cats already know they are good and don’t have to prove it. You wont see cat jumping as a national sport or competitive sport any time soon (at least my cats hope not). It is a myth that cats will always land on their feet following a fall or a jump. In truth this depends on the height of the fall. Sometimes if the fall is from too far up, they over twist and will not land on their feet.

Although the photo is reportedly real, I of course hope it was really good photoshopping, because I cannot imagine why a good owner would even consider taking a cat out on the water in this type of a situation.  

Rabbit Show Jumping

This sport is real, and originated in Sweden in the 1970’s. Believe it or not some breeds of rabbits have jumped just under 1 meter high, and others have jumped more than 3 meters in distance. I really do not understand it, most people cannot even get their bunny to walk where they want it to while on a leash, and these people not only have accomplished not only that, but they have trained them to jump things as well.  How cute!

Rabbit jumping is the oddest, most unexpected, sport I would have ever thought of. I mean, I knew bunnies could jump, but I would have never suspected anyone would have turned it into an actual sport.  Apparently rabbit jumping is a very popular sport and a good way to get the rabbit some exercise.

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User Comments
  1. Anne McNew

    On March 12, 2009 at 6:18 am

    those are lovely photos. Im engrossed to jump too! lol
    cute. great info herein.

  2. Tarra Buluran

    On March 12, 2009 at 7:28 am

    It’s a very interesting article, enough for my mind to think about Boogie, our handsome golden retriever. He has been ours since January, and just after a few months, he’s too big to cuddle. Hope I can make an exclusive article for him, too, and show his pictures.

  3. C Jordan

    On March 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Now thats just plain wierd. :)

  4. Darla Beck

    On March 12, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Great article. Yes, it’s true that cat’s don’t always land on their feet.

  5. PR Mace

    On March 12, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Good article. I really don’t think the cat was into jumping. Great photos.

  6. s hayes

    On March 12, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Fab article x love the cat pic

  7. Glynis Smy

    On March 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Great fun!

  8. postpunkpixie

    On March 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Fantastic article and the pictures are great, the cat one is hysterical and the rabbit one… adorable. I love watching my cat jump, she’s quite old so she makes a big deal of it. She can actually make the jump really easily, but she acts up if she knows someone’s looking. Heehee

  9. jazzd

    On March 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    good article with great photos I am glad that you are writing for triond today and not bukisa

  10. papaleng

    On March 13, 2009 at 3:33 am

    great article and very educational.

  11. Fresh Writing

    On March 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hi, B. Nelson,

    I was reading a few articles and came across yours…I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at one time while reading something about animals…Very hilarious!

    Excellent article; a pleasure to read.

    -Fresh Writing

  12. R J Evans

    On March 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Really cheered me up, this did!

  13. Ruby Hawk

    On March 16, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    That is interesting and fun. I wasn’t surprissed about the rabbits jumping. I have seen them hopping through the fields and they can jump.

  14. cleblanc

    On March 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Great Article and Pics. I enjoyed reading this.

  15. clay hurtubise

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

    lol, the bunny jumping is great!

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