September 21, 2022
On September 20, the American Kennel Club (AKC) announced that its annual event, AKC Fastest Dogs USA—sponsored by The Farmer’s Dog and YuMOVE—will be broadcast on ABC-TV on Sunday, September 25, at 3 p.m. (ET).
The invitational event actually was held on Friday, September 16, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, at Atrium Health Ballpark.
The top dogs in each of the 14 fastest breeds were invited to race head-to-head to see which would be crowned the Fastest Dog. They were joined by the defending champion, Reas, a Whippet from Michigan City, Indiana.
The event also showcases a variety of America’s favorite breeds racing against each other to see which dog is the fastest in each breed—including Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. What’s more, there’s a fan-favorite 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.
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States.
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