West Highland White Terrier Club of America

Coursing Ability

If your dog likes to run, AKC’s new titling event, Coursing Ability (CA), may be the sport to enter. In this event, modeled after Lure Coursing, a dog chases strips of plastic attached to a pulley system. The dog must complete the course “with enthusiasm and without interruption” within a specified amount of time. It is open to all dogs that are at least a year old and are individually registered with the AKC. The test is pass-fail.

The course is basically rectangular in shape with turns not more acute than 90 degrees. For dogs under 12 inches at the withers and those that are flat-faced, the course is about 300 yards, which they must complete in 1 ½ minutes. Dogs larger than 12 inches at the withers must complete a 600-yard course in 2 minutes

To earn the CA title, a dog must earn three passing grades. The CAA (Coursing Ability Advanced) title is awarded to dogs that attained 10 passes; CAX (Coursing Ability Excellent), 25 passes; CAX2, 50 passes; a higher numbered title will be awarded for every additional 25 passes.