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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.” 

Getting Started

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.

In addition:

  • 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.

Conducted by:

Deep South Dog Sports

Lauren Smitherman


Getting an AKC Number

Select the AKC licensing process that best fits your needs:

Purebred Dogs

AKC Registration

All-American Dogs (mixed breed)

AKC Canine Partners,

Purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered:

Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program,

Breeds on the road to full AKC recognition:

Foundation Stock Service®(FSS),

AKC Fast CAT Titles





FastCAT Links

Watch Dogs running FastCAT on YouTube:



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