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How Quick Are Dogs? Some Are Super Speedy!

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You know the cheetah? It’s the speediest thing on land, zooming from 0–60 mph in a flash, faster than some cars! Then there’s the African wild dog chasing close behind at 45 mph. Even house cats dash at 30 mph!

But what about our doggy pals? How quick are they? Well, different breeds, different speeds.

Which Dog’s the Speed King?

“Although there’s occasionally some competition from breeds like the saluki, Afghan hound, and Vizsla, the fastest dog is the greyhound ” says Dr. Georgina Ushi Phillips.

Greyhounds? They’re speed demons! They hit between 40-45 mph. And guess what? They can keep a speedy pace of 35 mph for almost 7 miles. That’s why they’re the world’s fastest dogs.

Their secret? Big hearts for pumping blood, super-charged leg muscles, and bendy bodies that let them take long leaps. “The greyhound also has flexible joints and a spine that allows them to take huge strides” Phillips tells us.

But other dogs are no slouches either. Check out these fast furballs:

  • Afghan hound: 40 mph 
  • Ibizan hound: 40 mph 
  • Saluki: 35–40 mph 
  • German shepherd: 35–40 mph 
  • Doberman: 35 mph 
  • Whippet: 35 mph 
  • Border collie: 30 mph 
  • Jack Russell: 30 mph 

Speedy Dog Breeds That Go the Distance

Some dogs are built for speed and long runs. Think about snow dogs and those hunting pals!

“Breeds like the Siberian husky can run well over 100 miles per day, which is no surprise when you consider their work as sled dogs.” Phillips says. On their own, they trot around 25–30 mph, and with a sled, they go 15–20 mph. Other chilly weather buddies like Alaskan malamutes do the same.

Then there’s hunting buddies. Weimaraners, German shorthaired pointers, Norwegian elkhounds, and Lab retrievers can all hit speeds of 20–30 mph when they need to.

Should You Run with Your Dog?

Dr. Sarah Wooten warns that too much running can wear out a dog’s joints. It’s like how our knees hurt if we run a lot. 

“It’s also important to note that dogs don’t make good running partners until they’re fully done growing, as extensive pounding on open growth plates can cause joint disorders and arthritis” says she. And speedy pups? Watch out for hip issues. 

Before you and your furry pal dive into high-energy activities, chat with your vet about when it’s safe. And when you do, pick soft terrains like dirt paths, sandy spots, or grassy fields for your adventures! 

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