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The Fastest Dog Breeds in the World

All dogs seem to simply love running, no matter their size or shape. They are all fairly quick, too! Try to catch a dog that doesn’t want to be caught and you’ll quickly find out. 

However, there are some dogs that are simply faster than others. Let’s go over the fastest breeds in the world that meet or exceed 30mph! 

1. Greyhound

The greyhound is the fastest dog breed in the world, able to reach a top speed of 45mph! 

What’s unique about how greyhounds run is that all four feet are off the ground at the same time. In fact, while running, their feet only touch the ground a quarter of the time. 

2. Saluki

With a top speed of 42mph, the Saluki is right behind the Greyhound. They have a similar slender body shape to the Greyhound as well. 

Salukis are from the MIddle East and are a very old breed of hunting dog. 

3. Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound can run up to 40mph. Another slender dog, the Afghan Hound differs in that they have thick, long coats of fur. 

These dogs originally come from colder climates in Asia, which is why they have such thick fur. 

4. Vizsla

Several dogs share the 40mph top speed, and the Vizsla is one of them. 

The Vizsla has a more stout shape than the above mentioned dogs, with a short coat. They are known for being highly intelligent as well as very athletic, and not just in running, but hunting and swimming as well. 

5. Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound is another tall, slender dog like the Saluki, Afghan Hound, and Greyhound. They can reach a top speed of 40mph. 

This breed comes from Spain and France, originally being bred to hunt small animals such as rabbits. 

6. Jack Russell Terrier

Despite being a small dog, the Jack Russell Terrier can run up to 38mph! 

Not only are they fast, but this breed is also known for having great stamina. They can even run up to 10 miles in a single day.

7. Dalmatian

It probably comes as no surprise that another big, slender dog would be able to run fast. Dalmatians can run up to 37mph. 

Dalmatians make great companions, although they are usually associated with firefighters as working dogs. In fact, they were originally bred to serve as guard dogs. 

8. Borzoi

The Borzoi, AKA Russian Wolfhound, looks a lot like a Saluki. The main difference in appearance is that the Borzoi has long hair. They can run up to 36mph. 

Borzois are known for being gentle and easy going. They are fast, but also enjoy just relaxing at home. 

9. Whippet

With a top speed of 34mph, the Whippet is a relative of the Greyhound. They are smaller in overall stature, but were still bred as racing dogs. 

Whippets are also very much like Greyhounds in their overall disposition: While they are fast, they still love to lounge around at home with their families. 

10. Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher can run up to 32mph. They are strong, big, and muscular dogs. They are often used as police dogs, helping chase down suspects with ease. 

Despite their history of policework, Dobermans as a breed are still affectionate, loving dogs that make great companions. 

11. Border Collie

The Border Collie can run up to 30mph. Originally, Bordie Collies served as herders, so they have a long history of being a working dog. 

Border Collies are known to be very smart and sweet, as well, and are at home on a farm or in town, provided of course they get enough exercise. 

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