When we think of fast dog breeds, we all know about greyhounds. These super quick dogs have been bred for the racetrack for generations. Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog in the world, reaching speeds of 45 miles, or 70 kilometres, per hour.
Known for their long legs, tall graceful appearance, and smoot coat, you won’t find a quicker companion that the greyhound. But which dogs come close? Let’s take a closer look at some of the world’s fastest dogs:
The long-coated Afghan Hound is known for their beautifully silky fur. As one of the world’s oldest dog breeds, Afghans were originally used by hunters in the desert regions of Afghanistan. These beautiful dogs reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and as skilled escape artists, they can be challenging pets to keep.
With a very similar look to a greyhound, the Saluki breed is thought to date back as far as the ancient Egyptians, with depictions of these dogs appearing on many a tomb. Mummified Salukis have even been found! Salukis are used to hunt hares and gazelles, and so naturally need to be pretty quick on their feet. These dogs can hit speeds of up to 42 miles per hour.
The Hungarian Vizla reaches the same speeds as an Afghan Hound, working historically as a pointer and retriever. With an affectionate and gentle nature, these dogs are one of the quick pooches that also make very good companions. With oodles of energy, they do well with activities families and in large homes where they have lots of space to run and play.
Reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour, the German Shepherd is one versatile canine. Not only are these dogs one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, but they are also commonly used in search and rescue work, drug detection, as therapy and service dogs and by the likes of policemen, border control and firefighters. Unfortunately, the dog’s susceptibly to hip dysplasia, can slow them down somewhat, particularly in their later years.
Able to hit speeds of up to 37 miles per hour, Dalmatians have been running their whole lives. These dogs were originally bred to guide and pull coaches and carriages in the days of old. Their quick, agile nature, combined with their intelligence, makes these dogs a favourite with fire fighters. While Dalmatians have lots of stamina and need plenty of playtime and exercise, they also make loveable and sweet family companions, with a very sensitive side.
Jack Russell Terrier
Small but incredibly quick, Jack Russell Terriers can reach speeds of 38 miles per hour. They honed their speeds search for foxes in the woods, which also gave these dogs the stocky, muscular body they are famous for. With oodles of energy and a very independent personality, Jack Russell’s can provide hours of entertainment to an owner that is prepared to give them the mental and physical stimulation they need. They are exciting to watch and play but will stay by your side when it’s time to sit and spin too, and they never fail to put a smile on your face.