Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show
FastCAT 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. 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.”
Your first step to learn about FAST CAT® is to call or visit your a local AKC club and see if they offer one or both of the two types of tests: Lure Coursing or the Coursing Ability Test. You can also ask to speak with someone who has already taken part in FAST CAT® as they would be more than happy to share their expertise with you.
Then it’s very easy to participate: Just fill out an entry form that you can get from your local AKC club’s premium list.
To participate in FAST CAT®, your dog must be:
- At least 12 months of age.
- In both excellent physical and mental condition and up-to-date on all inoculations and health check-up.
- Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to compete in these events and are welcome. Blind dogs are not eligible.
- No dog can compete if it is taped or bandaged or in any way has anything attached to it for medical purposes.
- Dogs of these breeds with Conditional registration are not eligible to participate.
- Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.
- An inspection committee will also inspect each dog for lameness and fitness to compete.
Getting an AKC Number
All-American Dogs (mixed breed)
Purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered:
Breeds on the road to full AKC recognition:
AKC Fast CAT Titles
BCAT - BCAT
DCAT - DCAT
FCAT# - FCAT