How Fast Can Dog Run

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Descended from some of the greatest runners in the world, many breeds of domestic dogs can run even faster than their wolf ancestors. While wolves can reach speeds of around 38 mph and can only maintain that speed for short distances, some dogs run up to 20 percent faster and can maintain that pace over relatively long distances. By comparison, the fastest people on Earth can reach speeds of 23 miles per hour.

Fast Breeds

Most authorities believe greyhounds to be the fastest dog breed in the world, with breeds such as Saluki, afghan, vizslas, border collies, and whippets just behind them in terms of top speed. Purposefully bred for speed greyhounds have been clocked at speeds of up to 45mph. Nevertheless, the Vetstreet website reports that veterinarian Dr. Christine Zink suggests much other light, fast breeds are almost as fast as greyhounds, reaching speeds of 35 to 40mph.

Endurance Breeds

Siberian Huskies and several other breeds and mixed lines are some of the most amazing endurance athletes in the world. Fed up to 12,000 calories a day, these 50-pound dogs are able to sustain a speed of 12mph for over six hours while hauling a sleigh. Of course, when not pulling a 200-pound sled, huskies and other sled dogs are much faster – although not as fast as greyhounds and other fast-legged dogs.

Slow Breeds

While all dogs can run, some dogs have difficulty reaching high speeds or going long distances. Most of these dogs are poorly built for jogging because they lack the narrow waist, deep chest, and long noses commonly associated with fast-paced breeds. Because their noses are very short, bulldogs, pugs, and similarly built breeds are prone to overheating when running long distances.

Breeds for Runners

Due to their running abilities, dogs are excellent companions for walkers, runners, and runners. However, just as different athletes prefer different training conditions, different dog breeds have different types of jogging. For example, if you live in a cold climate and have to contend with snow during your morning run, choose Siberian husky because this breed is great in the snow.

Light dogs with h2 hips and legs, such as Weimaraners and German Shorthair, are great for those who run long distances. Alternatively, if you like short, vigorous runs to make your heart beat faster, opt for a muscular, lean breed such as a Greyhound, American Pit Bull Terrier, or Beagle. However, mixed-breed dogs can also be great at jogging, especially if they are of medium build and energetic personality.

What’s the fastest dog breed?

“Although there is sometimes competition from breeds like the Saluki, Afghan Hound, and Vizsla, the fastest race is Greyhound, ”says Dr. Georgina Ushi Phillips, a vet who blogs on Not a Bully, a site dedicated to helping people learn about misunderstood breeds.

Phillips says breeds like the Vizsla can reach speeds of up to 40mph, which isn’t as fast as Greyhound’s maximum speed of 46mph, but the Vizsla may still be faster when it comes to more complex terrain like trails or areas of forest.

However, when it comes to smooth terrain and short distances, the Greyhound is almost unbeatable. “Greyhound has flexible joints and a backbone that allows them to take huge strides,” says Phillips. Even though the breed is much smaller than the horse, the Sighthounds have been clocked, going step-by-step with the Thoroughbred Kentucky Derby breeds.

Even more impressive, the Greyhound is built for high speeds over short distances with a larger than average heart size to improve their circulation and more fast-twitch muscle fibers to help them make sudden and harder movements.

What breeds can keep up best with distance running?

What if you need a canine companion to tell you you’re training for a marathon? “Breeds like the Siberian Husky can run over 100 miles a day, which is not surprising when you consider their work as sled dogs,” says Phillips.

In addition, some hunting breeds, such as the Weimaraner, have been bred to chase long distances and, with proper training, can travel tens of miles a day. Plus, you’ll often find owners with Dalmatians, Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Dobermann Pinschers, Boxers, Brittany Spaniels, and Labradors that are great for jogging.

What breeds are slowest?

“There is actually quite a bit of competition for the slowest race, with many of the smaller, short-faced (slowly) breeds in the lead,” says Dr. Phillips. Breeds such as the Pug, Lhasa Apso, and Shih Tzu are fairly sluggish, but the English Bulldog is likely the winner. With its breathing restrictions, large barrel-shaped body, and short legs, the breed was not built for speed.

Is it safe to run with your dog?

Dr. Sarah Wooten, a veterinarian at Pumpkin Pet Insurance, an animal care company committed to providing the best possible care for all, says that, just like humans, strenuous running damages dogs’ joints and can lead to premature – early osteoarthritis.

“It’s also important to remember that dogs aren’t good running partners until they are fully grown, as vigorously hitting open growth plates can cause joint disorders and arthritis,” says Dr. Wooten. Since dogs complete their growth at different times depending on their size and breed, it’s best to ask your vet when it’s safe to run with your dog and try to stick to softer surfaces like paths, sand, and grass. Whether you have a slow runner or a fast sprinter, each dog runs at its own pace, so enjoy the journey.

15 Of The Fastest Dog Breeds In The World

In this article, we will look at the 15 fastest dog breeds, their maximum speeds, the characteristics of the breeds, and explain what makes them such effective runners.

Border Collie

Top speed: 30mph

The Border Collie is an intelligent and highly trained breed. They were originally bred to herd sheep, which required agility and speed.

Like many working dogs, they love to run – at top speed, the Border Collie can run at speeds of up to 30mph. They are very energetic dogs that require a lot of exercises every day. Whether it is retrieving a ball or grazing cattle, it is very important to keep your Border Collie active.

Border Collie

Borzoi

Top speed: 35mph

Originally bred as hunting and running dogs, Borzois pursued wolves, rabbits, and foxes.

The Borzois, a large breed, can reach faster speeds than many other larger dogs. A very sensitive dog and considered one of the best domestic pets, a fully grown and healthy borzoi can run at speeds of up to 35mph.

Borzoi

Dalmatian

Top speed: 37mph

A very distinctive dog, the Dalmatian is very alert, athletic, energetic, and active. They are a fun breed that loves being outdoors and has amazing endurance. Their muscular bodies enable them to run at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour.

In the past, they were used to protect the borders of Dalmatia, so they had to be very vigilant and quick. Their speed and vigilance can be a downside at times because they are clumsy.

Dalmatian

Doberman Pinscher

Top speed: 32 mph

Doberman pinschers are often used for conservation work. In fact, the Doberman was originally bred in 1880 by a tax collector (Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann) for conservation purposes. Considered one of the best guard dogs, the Doberman is an athletic breed that can run up to 32mph.

They may not be the fastest on this list, but they can still cover short distances very quickly. This makes the Doberman an excellent guard dog.

Doberman Pinscher

German Shepherd

Top speed: 30mph

German shepherds, are very good sprinters and are often used in police and military work.

Their ability to cover short distances quickly and their training makes it the breed of choice for this kind of task. This breed of dog can run up to 30mph at very explosive speeds. German Shepherds are also excellent guardians.

German Shepherd

Great Dane

Top speed: 30mph

Another large breed to make it on this list, Great Danes are very athletic and muscular dogs that can run fast despite their size. While the Great Danes’ physical ability and high energy levels enable them to sprint at incredible speeds, their lack of endurance means that it is often short-lived.

Great Danes can push their bodies, but they’re not very good at running long distances. It is important to give them plenty of water and a break when running long distances. A fully grown Great Dane can reach speeds of up to 30mph.

Great Dane

Greyhound

Top speed: 45mph

Originally bred as hunting dogs, Greyhounds are widely recognized as the fastest breed of dog.

Greyhounds have been used in dog racing for decades. A very energetic breed, no wonder their legs can carry them at a speed of 45mph. Thanks to their speed, they have made a name for themselves as racing dogs.

Greyhound

Jack Russell Terrier

Top speed: 30mph

Often referred to as the “fastest, smallest” breed of dog, the explosive speed of Jack Russell Terriers is much greater than their size. Jack Russells can run at speeds of up to 30mph, covering short distances in lightning blasts. They are a utility breed originally used for fox hunting.

Jack Russell Terriers are very hardy, hardy, and active dogs that have a protective instinct. The breed naturally protects its owners and territories. They are always ready to play and can be the perfect little dog if you lead an active lifestyle.

Jack Russell Terrier

Poodle

Top speed: 30mph

Poodles are available in three different sizes – Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. Standard Poodles are the fastest of the different breed sizes.

Overall, there are alert and instinctive dogs that love to run. It may be surprising – but they hide a very athletic and muscular body under their famous curly fur. Standard poodles can reach speeds of 30mph.

Poodle

Siberian Husky

Top speed: 30mph

This Siberian husky is a dog that was bred to pull sleds. Their main duty was just to run. The working dog, the Siberian Husky, may not be the fastest breed, but their stamina more than makes up for it.

Siberian Huskies can run over 100 miles a day and reach speeds of 10 to 15 miles per hour when hauling a sleigh. Without a sleigh, the Siberian Husky can run at speeds of up to 30mph. Their ability to travel long distances has earned them recognition as one of the highest endurance dogs among dogs, and they are still used today to pull sleds. Hundreds of Siberian huskies can be seen at the annual show Dog sled race Iditarod Trail in Alaska.

Siberian Husky

Sloughi

Top speed: 42 mph

Sloughi is a very fast runner. It is a breed of greyhound found mainly in Algeria, Morocco, Libya, and Tunisia, and has been found in North Africa for centuries. Despite being in existence longer than many other breeds, the Sloughi was not recognized by the AKC until 2016.

Sloughis are very athletic dogs and can run as fast as 42mph. Generally, Sloughi is quiet and very sensitive dogs – strict training should be avoided due to their sensitivity.

Sloughi

Vizsla

Top speed: 40mph

A breed from Hungary, the Vizsla is a short-haired, medium-sized, and skinny hunting dog. In Hungarian, the name of the breed literally means “tracker”. It is one of the oldest breeds in Europe and has actually been extinct many times in history.

Their muscular and lean bodies allow them to hit 40mph. Despite their high energy levels, the Vizslas are very gentle dogs. They work well in families with children and do not avoid strangers, but they can take over the duties of a guard dog with suitable training of protection dogs.

Vizsla

Saluki

Top speed: 42 mph

Another breed of greyhounds, the Saluki are very athletic and fast runners. The Saluki was originally used to hunt foxes, gazelles, hares, and jackals. The breed can be seen at Saluki Racing in[Falconry festival in the United Arab Emirates].

They are great watchdogs, but not good protection dogs. Salukis sprints at 42 miles per hour and can travel two to three miles at high speed if healthy and fully grown. Traveling longer distances at high speeds has made the Saluki the preferred breed for dog racing in North Africa and the Middle East.

Saluki

Afghan Hound

Top speed: 40mph

The Afghan Hound can run at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Like many other greyhounds, they can be aloof – but they can be much more reserved and stubborn, making them difficult to train. Afghan Greyhounds have an h2 prey instinct and tend to chase small animals, which can lead to them being injured or killed.

A breed similar to the Saluki, Afghan Greyhounds were selectively bred for hunting and survival in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. They were originally used for hunting large prey in the mountains and deserts. Their silky coat hides a very athletic and muscular body that allows them to run extremely fast.

Afghan Hound

Whippet

Top speed: 35mph

A medium-sized dog, the Whippets hails from England and is descended from a greyhound. In fact, they can often be mistaken for sighthounds because they share many of the same physical characteristics, but whippets are smaller. Whippets were bred for sight hunting, which required high speed from them.

They’re not as fast as Greyhounds, but they can run long distances at speeds of up to 35mph to catch their prey. Despite their high energy levels, Whippets are very gentle with children, making them a good family pet.

Whippet

Last Modified: November 16, 2021