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The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce that AKC Fastest Dogs USA, brought to you by presenting and official sponsors The Farmer’s Dog and YuMOVE, will be broadcast on the ABC Network. The competition will premiere on ABC on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm ET.

This invitational event was held on Friday, September 16th in Kannapolis, NC at Atrium Health Ballpark. The top dogs in each of the 14 fastest breeds were invited to race head-to-head to see which will be crowned the Fastest Dog. They were joined by the defending champion, Reas, a Whippet from Michigan City, IN.

The event will also showcase a variety of America’s favorite breeds racing against each other to see who is the fastest in each breed, including Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Audiences will also get to enjoy a group of youngsters racing for fun in the Puppy Dash.

“We’re thrilled to bring ABC viewers this exciting competition,” said AKC Executive Secretary, Gina DiNardo. “These are some of the speediest dogs in the country, and those watching at home will be riveted!”

The broadcast will be hosted by ESPN’s Phil Murphy, including play-by-play by sportscaster Carolyn Manno and analysis by Bill Ellis.