Offered to all dogs, AKC registered, PAL, ILP or mixed breeds in the AKC program. Dogs over 12” must complete a course of 600 yards with 4 turns; for dogs under 12” , the course is 300 yards with 4 turns. For complete rules and requirements visit akc.org.
C.A.T. Title: Three titles will be awarded for dogs that pass the Coursing Ability Test the required number of times. These are suffix title that will appear on a dog’s pedigree with a higher-level title superseding a lower level of title.
Coursing Ability (CA) – Awarded to a dog that passes the Coursing Ability Test 3 times under at least two different judges.
Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA)- Dog passes the Coursing Ability Test 10 times.
Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX ) – Dog passes the Coursing Ability Test 25 times.
What must a dog do to pass the C.A.T? The coursing Ability Test (C.A.T.) is a pass/fail. During a Test the dog runs the course once without any dogs. Because safety is of the utmost importance, the C.A.T. takes into consideration the individual dog pursuing qualification and therefore has two different course length to accommodate the type and size of the entrant. In either case, dogs will chase a lure made of plastic strips.
Dogs Less Than 12” Tall & “Flat Faced” Dogs. Any entrant that is less than 12” tall at the withers and /or brachycephalic shall run a 300-yard course with turns no more acute than 90 degrees. For a 300-yard course, a dug must complete the test in less than 1 ½ minutes
Dogs More Than 12” Tall. Any entrant that is taller than 12” at the withers and not brachycephalic shall run a 600-yard course (or as close to 600 yard as possible) with turns no more acute than 90 degrees. For a 600-yard course, a dog must complete the test in less than 2 minutes. In order to pass, the dog must complete the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within the maximum amount of time for the course length. The judge keeps the official time and decides the merits of the dog’s performance. If there is a question which course a dog should run, the judge will decide.
"I can't say enough for Olympic Kennel Club Dog Show. It is very hard to pull this all together and offer so much for so many venues of training. OKC has put great time and effort to see that all exhibitors have an opportunity to show. I personally thank OKC for that opportunity as I show in Obedience, Barn Hunt, Dock Diving, Coursing and now working Agility. You can pick and choose and have fun everyday. Thank you OKC ! ."