2006 Champion Reclaims America’s Fastest Chihuahua Title

Proving he is still small and mighty at the same time, Tiger of Bakersfield, California, reclaimed the title of America's fastest Chihuahua Sunday, coming in first over 14 other tiny racers at the fourth annual PETCO Unleashed National Chihuahua Race finals.

The 4-year-old pooch, who also won the title in 2006, passed up the entire bunch of the nation’s fastest Chihuahuas – including the popular 2007 winner, Maddy of New York City – covering the 35-foot-long (1/18th furlong) track in just 1.9 seconds. All 15 finalists raced their little hearts out in front of thousands of cheering baseball fans at PETCO Park in San Diego between innings of the San Diego Padres-Colorado Rockies game. Tiger is also an avid competitor in a dog sport called flyball.

"It’s absolutely wonderful to have him win again – I feel like we have redeemed ourselves after losing last year," said proud pet parent Cathy Smith.

The fourth annual Unleashed races showcased 15 regional finalists, including a mix of veteran and rookie racers from Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Orange County (Anaheim, Calif.), Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Following the national champ in second place was Piccolo, owned by Minut Sanden from The Woodlands, Texas, while Pancho Villa, owned by Samantha Patrick from Lopez Island, Washington, took third. Tiger is taking home bragging rights, another trophy, a one-year supply of Royal Canin Chihuahua dog food and a $300 PETCO Gift Card.

PETCO and race presenting sponsor Royal Canin host the annual event to celebrate one of America’s favorite breeds of dog, and to encourage all animal enthusiasts to consider adoption as a first option when adding a pet to their family.

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