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The 10 fastest dog breeds in the world


Whippet dog running

Liliya Kulianionak/Getty Because whippets were bred to hunt rabbits and small game in open fields, they tend to exercise in “bursts”.

When we chase after our doggos to retrieve a stolen shoe or put them in their crates for the night, they seem to be trying to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. But most of the fastest dog breeds in the world aren’t trying. simply to escape us: they were bred specifically to huntflushing out vermin or competitive running aptitude tests (CAT).

The fastest ranked dog breeds on this list are easily average speeds of 30 to 40 mphand six of the top seven are greyhounds, using their keen eyes and sprinting abilities to hunt or run, says Jerry Klein, DVM, chief veterinarian for the American Kennel Club (AKC). “As a group of dogs, they share the characteristics of long legs, sleek streamlined bodies, deep chests for more lung space, and tucked-in sizes,” Klein explains. “Greyhound breeds are also some of the oldest, with Salukis and Afghan hounds being thousands of years old.”

No matter how agile and quick these dogs aren’t necessarily the best running mates. “Some breeds are known for being sprinters and others have the stamina to run long distances,” he says. “It is best to learn about and become aware of the peculiarities of breeds by reading their history and talking to responsible breeders.”

Although german shepherds and Dobermann Pinscher might give them a quick hunt at the dog park, here are the 10 fastest dog breeds in the world.


brindle greyhound sprinting on the grass

brindle greyhound sprinting on the grass

R. Bitzer Photography / Adobe Stock Greyhounds are the fastest dog breed and can run at speeds of 40 to 45 mph. Despite their streamlined build, Greyhounds are actually quite calm and maybe even a bit lazy.

Speed: 40 to 45 mph

You’ve probably already guessed that this elegant creature can outrun us all, especially in a sprint, but did you also know greyhounds maintain a speed of about 35 mph up 7 miles? Additionally, they have a 270 degree field of view (by comparison, humans have 180), hence the origin of the term “greyhound”.

Their devoted, calm nature and ease with children makes them great family dogs, too. However, Klein says all greyhounds should have the ability to run freely in a large fenced yard at least once a day-10 minutes walk going around the block just won’t be enough, but after that, greyhounds are more than happy to be couch potatoes the rest of the day.

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Saluki dog running through tall grass; fastest dog breeds

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Speed: 40 to 43 mph

Right on the heels of a greyhound is the sloughia perfect canine companion for active people. This African dog breed, once prized by pharaohs, is an independent thinker, almost feline in her ability to balance love for you with preferred time alone. She benefits from consistent socialization and positive reinforcement training and appreciates rewards such as long walks on warm beaches and safe, enclosed spaces to play super fast recovery.

Afghan Hound

Blond Afghan hound running along the beach

Blond Afghan hound running along the beach

THEGIFT777/Getty The average Afghan hound can reach speeds of up to 40 mph!

Speed: 40mph

Watch as these gorgeous locks flutter in the wind! A afghan houndoriginally from Afghanistan, was also the first choice hunting dog for Asian and English nobility for its ability to track game over long distances. His good looks require a regular grooming schedule and he also needs diligent training. Though he may be free-spirited, he is intelligent and binds tightly with single pet owners who keep him mentally and physically engaged.


Vizsla dog running on a grassy field

Vizsla dog running on a grassy field

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Speed: 40mph

Who is it now? Many people interested in the fastest dog breeds are surprised to learn the mysterious Hungarian Vizsla (pronounced VEESH-la or VEEZH-la). Affectionate, sweet and true, the “V” also stands for “Velcro dog” because its favorite place is by your side, and she will follow you everywhere. Experienced and energetic pet parents understand that she to have to Course, sniffles a lotand learn fun activities such as agility and fly ball to live his best life.

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Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound running outside in a field

Ibizan Hound running outside in a field

Kristiinatammik/Getty Ibizan Hounds are known for their speed and agility. They have even been known to leap 6 feet in the air!

Speed: 40mph

Ibizan Hounds, named after the Spanish island of Ibiza, are actually considered to be one of the oldest thoroughbreds in Egypt, dating as far back as the 8th century. Originally trained as deer and rabbit hunters, Klein says they are affectionate, outgoing and love their humans. They thrive on interactive play timebut make sure you have a high fence – they can jump up to 6 feet!


Whippet dog running

Whippet dog running

Liliya Kulianionak/Getty Because whippets were bred to hunt rabbits and small game in open fields, they tend to exercise in “bursts”.

Speed: 35mph

Any professional canine competition that requires rapid acceleration usually has records set by the float whipping. This medium-sized English lovebug shines in CAT races, as Sheaves, who completed the 2022 Fast CAT 100-yard sprint in just under 6 seconds at almost 35 mph! But she can also be a beauty queen like Bourbonwinner of the AKC National Championship in 2020. When they’re not winning ribbons, whippets are tender-hearted darlings who like to hug after a quick jaunt outside.

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Borzoi dog running;  fastest dog breeds

Borzoi dog running; fastest dog breeds

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Speed: 35mph

A die the biggest (up to 28 inches tall!) and the fastest dog breeds are the borzoi (pronounced BOR-zoy). Once a favorite of the Russian aristocracy and capable of hunting large prey, it was formerly known as the Russian Greyhound in the United States until 1936. The Borzoi’s dignified stature is often profiled in art and Literature but he is far from indifferent. All this calm, cold-loving dog needs is your constant companionship and, naturally, good daily exercise.


running dalmatian;  fastest dog breeds

running dalmatian; fastest dog breeds

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Speed: 35mph

Running alongside fire trucks requires both speed and stamina, and Dalmatians have both! A ready playmate for kids, she may be high octane on her feet but quite discreet in her demeanor. In fact, she can be a little hesitant around new people and situations, so use positive reinforcement conditioning to help her be less shy. Excessively sweet, the “Dals” are large therapy dogsalso, when properly trained and socialized.

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jack russell terrier

Jack Russell Terrier running;  fastest dog breeds

Jack Russell Terrier running; fastest dog breeds

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Speed: 30 to 35 mph

Of the three Russell terriers in the world, the Parson Russell Terrierthe Russell terrierand the Jack Russell terrier – the Jack is presumed to be the fastest, as the Australian breed with English heritage is still an active working dog. Dedicated to digging after vermin and flushing them out, the Jack gives new meaning to the “rat race”. This adorable, spunky and bright pup won’t give up until the job is done, so keep him busy with fun activities like agility course.

border collie

border coalman running on an obstacle course;  fastest dog breeds

border coalman running on an obstacle course; fastest dog breeds

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Speed: 30mph

If you really want a brainiac dog, the border collie is the one for you! Considered the smartest dog breed, not only does it bring animals together at lightning speed but also accomplish incredible feats and memorizes the bus lines (it’s a funny story). She can probably do your taxes too, but might require at least of them training days. Devoted to her people, she needs a lot of attention and exercise, and therefore, might not be a good choice for first time dog owners …but she’s definitely a companion they can aspire to have one day!

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