She may be on the small side, but Maddy from New York City showed she is definitely the top dog. On Sunday, she prevailed over 14 other pint-sized contenders to take the title of Americaâ€™s Fastest Chihuahua in the PETCO Unleashed national finals.
The 2-year-old pup, weighing in at a mere 4-1/2 pounds, came out on top of the pack of the nationâ€™s fastest Chihuahuas â€“ including national champions from the last two years â€“ covering the 1/18th furlong (35-foot-long) track in 2 seconds.
Never mind that Maddy is half poodle. Petco says even half-Chihuahuas are welcome.
â€œWe knew she was a strong contender; she is very fast and focused. Last year she choked and this year she came out on top,â€ said pet parent Sue Yee.
Maddyâ€™s key to success was lots of love and intense training, including sprinting, racing up stairs and swimming, said Yee who plans to give champion Maddy a huge treat when they return to the Big Apple.