Meet Phelan the rescue pup—now America’s fastest dog
The four-year-old female mixed-breed beat out over a hundred purebreds to win the title of speediest canine today in Orlando.
Orlando, FloridaMeet Phelan, the female four-year-old rescue dog who just won the American Kennel Club’s inaugural Fastest Dog USA competition.
The wiry mixed breed, whose name derives from the Irish word for “wolf,” completed a 100-yard dash in 6.346 seconds—or 32.3 miles per hour—beating out 130 other dogs that ran in the finals of the AKC Fast CAT Invitational—short for coursing ability trial—held December 11 at the Orlando Convention Center.
Owners Krista Shreet and Ted Koch of Crownsville, Maryland, adopted Phelan—an oatmeal-hued mix of greyhound, borzoi, and Scottish deerhound—when she was a year old.
“We took her in, and she’s stolen our hearts,” Koch says.
And now she’s the fastest dog in America. (Read about Champ, who’ll be the