First-ever AKC Fast CAT Invitational coming to Orlando in December

AKC Fast CAT Invitational (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
AKC Fast CAT Invitational (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images) /

The first-ever AKC Fast CAT Invitational will be coming to Orlando in December.

The first-ever AKC Fast CAT Invitational will be coming to Orlando, Florida, this December as a companion event for the AKC National Championship, since the NADD National Championship was canceled due to the pandemic.

The final of three rounds will be held on Friday, December 11, at the Orange County Convention Center, alongside the other companion events of the AKC Rally National Championship and the AKC National Obedience Championship. These will take place on December 11, while the AKC National Championship dog show and the AKC Agility Invitational will both be held on Friday and Saturday, December 12-13.

“Fast CAT is such a fun event for dogs, owners and spectators. We’re excited to add the Invitational to a thrilling lineup of events taking place throughout the week,” Doug Ljungren, AKC Executive Vice President of Sports and Events, said in a press release.

“The lifestyle changes that occurred in 2020 have resulted in a renewed appreciation of the relationship we have with our dogs. The AKC National Championship, and all the events held prior and in conjunction with it, are a showcase of the beauty, skill and partnership we have with our canine companions.”

The dog sport of Fast CAT (Fast Coursing Ability Test) is essentially the canine version of the 100 yard dash, where dogs make three runs with the total speed determining the winner. This means that breeds like Whippets tend to do well.

There will be two divisions in the AKC Fast CAT Invitational, Fastest Dogs USA, which will go to the overall fastest dog in miles per hour, and Speed of the Breed, which, as the name suggestions, determines breed-specific champions.

For more on how Fast CAT works, see the AKC website for more details.

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