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Closeup of Reas the Whippet at Fastest Dogs USA
Susu Hauser

Some of the fastest dogs in the country dashed after the coveted “bunny” lure in a 100-yard Fast CAT dash, in hopes of being named the fastest dog in the country. Fastest Dogs USA was held on September 16 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, at the Atrium Health Ballpark where breeds of all sizes raced across the finish line in the Fast CAT competition.

The top dog from the 14 fastest breeds was invited, plus the 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. Plus, some speedy Golden RetrieversCavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Basset Hounds did a few runs, and there was also a special Puppy Dash.

All the action was aired on ABC on September 25, and the fastest dog of 2022 was announced.

Overall Winner

After winning Fastest Dog USA in 2021, Reas the Whippet returned to keep his crown—and he succeeded. Now the two-time Fastest Dog champion. As his owner Lindsay Manetti says, “he lives to chase those bunnies.”

Call Name: Reas

Registered Name: Wildtucks Momentary Lapse of Reason

Breed: Whippet

Owner: Lindsay & Matthew Manetti

From: Michigan City, IN

Combined Average Time: 5.847 seconds

MPH: 34.98


Call Name: Winston

Registered Name: Jammin’ Afternoon Tea at Chartwell CD BN JC FCAT3 CGC TKN ATT

Breed: Whippet

Owner: Ellen Bonacarti 

From: Clarksburg, NJ

Combined Average Time: 5.939 seconds

MPH: 34.44


Winston the Whippet
Susu Hauser
Winston the Whippet

Special Heat Winners

Four Golden Retrievers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Basset Hounds ran the Fast CAT course. These are the winners for each breed.

Golden Retriever: Romeo (Roselake’s Golden Romeo RN FDC CAA FCAT4 DJ CGCA TKN ATT) had a combined average time of 7.378 seconds, running at 27.72 MPH.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Ruby (Dood’s Dutchess Ruby Grace FDC CAA FCAT ACT1J ATT) had a combined average time of 8.825 seconds, running at 23.18 MPH.

Basset Hound: Angelique (Danlaur’s Sing It To Me Sweetly NAP NJP OFP FCAT) had a combined average time of 11.812 seconds, running at 17.32 MPH.

Angelique the Basset Hound
Susu Hauser
Angelique the Basset Hound
Related article: Basset Hound Inspires Hope By Running in Fastest Dogs USA
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