Fast CAT


Legacy’s Sambuca Straight Up FCAT CGCA CGCU TKI VHMA aka Ritz, owned by Stephanie Woodrow

In 2016, AKC added a new performance sport to its portfolio. Fast CAT, short for Fast Coursing Ability Test, is a simpler and shorter version of the AKC sport of Course Ability Test (CAT). In CAT, dogs chase after a “bunny” (aka a white plastic bag) attached to a mechanical lure operated manually. The course involves twists and turns and dogs must be motivated by the lure to make it through as quickly.

Fast CAT varies in that dogs do a straight 100-yard sprint with a catcher (most often their owner) standing past the finish line calling out to them to “come” or “get the bunny!” Dogs are rewarded with a “prize” of getting to be with their owners at the finish line or grabbing onto the bag. To participate and earn points, dogs must be 12 months old, be registered with AKC, and bitches cannot be in heat.

Runs are solo and times are motion-activated, with those times converted into miles per hour and points. Dogs under 12” in height receive a handicap of two, while those who are 12”-18” earn a 1.5 handicap. Most male Schipperkes fall into the 1.5 range, while females often have a handicap. Three titles are possible in Fast CAT – BCAT at 150 points, DCAT at 500 points, and FCAT at 1,000 points (these titles aren’t acronyms). If a dog continues to rack up points, they can earn FCAT2 at 1,500 points, and so on.

The primary lure operator in the Mid-Atlantic is Ching-Yao Yu, who runs approximately 15,000 dogs annually. “People get excited because it’s a ‘no-brainer’ entry-level sport almost zero training involved,” Yu said. “It’s almost instinct and prey drive. In my experience you can’t ‘teach’ a dog to chase the bags. They either do almost immediately or no interest.”

CSC hosts a three-day Fast CAT trial the first weekend in June, with the next scheduled events taking place Friday, June 2, 2023 – Sunday, June 4, 2023 in Walkersville, MD. To learn more about participating in Fast CAT, contact 2022 Fast CAT Trial Chair Stephanie Woodrow at stephaniewoodrow@gmail.com.

AKC Rankings
2021
RankNameCall NameMPH
3
7
8
10
15
18
19
22
26
28
31
34
35
GCHS CH Aned’s Blaise CD BN RM RAE FDC FCAT CGCA CGCU TKA ATT
Rockdale’s Chasing Mister Darcy FCAT2 TKN VHMP
Skydance’s Reggie The Ewok FCAT3 CGC
Foxnoir Enchanted Prince Of Tails FCAT2 CGC
Foxnoir Enchanted Coquette RN FDC DCAT CGC TKN
GCH CH Deep Sea Black Gold NA NAJ DCAT RATN TKN
Foxnoir Enchanted Black Tie & Tails FCAT2 ACT1 ACT1J CGCA TKN
Kurakuma’s Sweepin’ The Clouds Away FCAT2
GCH CH Enchanted Lady Liberty FCAT3 ACT1 CGCA TKN
Nanhall’s Ole Bonaire BCAT
Enchanted Knight Ryder CD BN RE FDC NA NAJ AXP AJP OFP DCAT CGCA TKN
Legacy’s Sambuca Straight Up FCAT CGCA CGCU TKI VHMA
CH Fullmoon N Beachview Power Of The Darkside BCAT
Rascal
Mr. Darcy
Vader
Captain Morgan
Coquette
Petra
Ben
Sunny
Elle

Ryder
Ritz
Vader
23.72
22.76
22.75
22.16
21.23
20.72
20.51
19.71
18.19
17.73
16.66
15.16
14.96
2020
RankNameCall NameMPH
3
4
9
11
12
14
20
Kurakuma’s Sweepin’ The Clouds Away FCAT2
Foxnoir Enchanted Prince Of Tails FCAT2 CGC
Foxnoir Enchanted Black Tie & Tails FCAT2 ACT1 ACT1J CGCA TKN
GCH CH Enchanted Lady Liberty FCAT3 ACT1 CGCA TKN
Legacy’s Sambuca Straight Up FCAT CGCA CGCU TKI VHMA
GCHS CH Aned’s Blaise CD BN RM RAE FDC FCAT CGCA CGCU TKA ATT
Enchanted Knight Ryder CD BN RE FDC NA NAJ AXP AJP OFP DCAT CGCA TKN
Sunny
Captain Morgan
Ben
Elle
Ritz
Rascal
Ryder
21.67
21.63
19.81
18.57
18.54
18.17
15.98
2019
RankNameCall NameMPH
2
6
13
17
18
Skydance’s Reggie The Ewok FCAT3 CGC
GCH CH Deep Sea Black Gold NA NAJ DCAT RATN TKN
CH Foxnoir Release The Kraken BN RN DCAT CGCA TKN
GCH CH Enchanted Lady Liberty FCAT3 ACT1 CGCA TKN
GCH CH Mardeck’s Musically Inspired OA OAJ BCAT RATS CGC TKN
Vader
Petra
Kraken
Elle

23.45
21.27
19.89
17.65
16.94
2018
RankNameCall NameMPH
8CH Foxnoir Release The Kraken BN RN DCAT CGCA TKNKraken18.48
Rockdale’s Chasing Mister Darcy FCAT2 TKN VHMP aka Mr. Darcy, owned by Tara McDonough (photo by Fastcat Phil)