Fast CAT or  FCATs

Sure, you think your dog is fast. But have you ever wondered how fast? Can your dog outrun Usain Bolt, who has been called the fastest runner in the world? He just might: Usain’s fastest time has been clocked at almost 28 mph – yet dogs have been known to reach speeds of 35-45 mph.

Well, you no longer have to wonder how fast your dog can run. FAST CAT® – which stands for Coursing Ability Test – is a timed 100-yard dash where dogs run one at a time, chasing a lure. It’s over before you know it — and it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring to watch your dog run at top speed, ears back, eyes focused, legs strong. And if your dog is really fast, you might earn bragging rights if his name makes onto AKC's list of top 20 fastest dogs by breed!

Although it is a relatively new sport, its popularity has spread like wildfire. No wonder. According to one AKC official, “The FAST CAT® provides a terrific opportunity to introduce new participants to the world of AKC sports as one of the few events where all that is needed to compete is a dog’s natural instincts.”

To participate in FAST CAT®, your dog must be:

In addition:

  • Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to compete in these events and are welcome.

  • Dogs with Limited or Conditional Registration are eligible to participate.

  • Females in season are not eligible to participate.

An inspection committee will also inspect each dog for lameness and fitness to compete.