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Some of the fastest dogs in the country dashed after the coveted “bunny” lure in a 100-yard Fast CAT dash at Fastest Dogs USA, held on May 19 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Many breeds and different-sized dogs raced to qualify for this event, and the winner was crowned the fastest dog in the country.

The top dog from the fastest breeds was invited, plus the Fastest Dogs USA winner from last year. Each dog ran the 100-yard dash twice, with the top five fastest running an additional heat to determine the winner.

All the action was aired on ESPN on July 29, 2023.

Overall Winner

Call Name: Winston

Registered Name: Jammin’ Afternoon Tea at Chartwell CD BN RN FCAT5 JC CGC TKN ATT

Breed: Whippet

Owner: Ellen Bonacarti

From: Clarksburg, NJ


Call Name: Beni

Registered Name: Hogs Benidorm JC FCAT

Breed: Greyhound

Owner: Sandy McMillan

From: Fort Meyers, Florida

Second Runner-Up

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Call Name: Salt

Registered Name: Perla Avalon Noblehouse Midnight Margarita JC CAA FCAT

Breed: Borzoi

Owner: Kirbie Allen

From: Tupelo, Missouri

Special Heat Winners

These dogs were the fastest in their breeds.

Bulldog: Bronco (Bronco XIV BCAT), owned by Shelby Rein of Allen Park, Michigan.

Great Dane: Aria (Dynamic Danes’ Aria’s Razzle N Dazzle N FDC CA FCAT DN CGCA CGCU TKN ATT), owned by Kaitlin LeeAnn Cunningham of Rome, Georgia.

Miniature Schnauzer: Joker (Jack “The Joker” Napier – Clown Prince Of Crime CA FCAT6 CGC TKN), owned by Brittany Carvalheria of Palm Coast, Florida.

At Fastest Dogs USA, an AKC and ESPN production, the country’s speediest canines gather for the fifth annual, invitation-only event. Dogs of all breeds participate year-long, around the country, in AKC Fast Coursing Ability Tests (Fast CAT) – the 100-yard dash for dogs.