America’s favorite dog, Pluto, poses with America’s fastest dog, Reas, after the three-year-old whippet from Michigan City, Indiana, won the American Kennel Club Fastest Dog USA competition Dec. 12, 2021 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In the final heat, Reas covered the 100-yard dash in 5.769 seconds (average speed of 35.36 mph) to win the competition televised nationally on ESPN on Christmas Day.
The 2020 American Kennel Club’s Fastest Dog USA, Phelen, was back to defend her title, but came up short this year.
The mixed breed from Maryland competed in this year’s competition on Dec. 12, 2021, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. During a break in the competition, she posed with America’s favorite dog, Pluto.
It was a strong field, filled with some of the fastest dogs in the country. Another strong contender was Orlando-based Dalmatian, Norman Bates. He was the most decorated dog in the field with 79 career titles across different venues and platforms of performance sports.