15 Fastest Dog Breeds

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All dogs are wonderful and sweet. Most of the time, their personalities are honed according to how their owners train them. But what if you’re an athlete, a hiker, or you just happen to love running? The good news is there are many breeds out there who can keep up with your lifestyle. Are you looking for an athletic companion? We’ve compiled a list of the fastest dog breeds for you!

Borzoi

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A Borzoi is a large dog that can weigh up to 105 pounds. Despite their large size, they are agile dogs that can run approximately 36 miles per hour. Borzois are well known for their agility and intelligence, making them the perfect breed for animal sports such as lure coursing.

Saluki

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Salukis are large dogs that weigh 40 to 65 pounds. They have a kind temperament and are loyal to their owners. Salukis are recognized by their lean bodies and long legs. But don’t let their appearance fool you! These dogs can sprint up to 42mph. They might look slim, but they are swift and graceful, which makes them great hounds.

Whippet

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A Whippet is a medium-sized dog that weighs approximately 25 to 40 pounds. These dogs are dubbed as the “poor man’s racehorse” for a good reason. They are incredibly fast runners, having a top speed of 40 miles per hour. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance and quiet dog to fit your active lifestyle, a Whippet is the right pick for you!

Dalmatian

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Dignified, outgoing, and smart — these are just some of the wonderful characteristics of a Dalmatian. But that’s not all. Did you know they could also run up to 37 miles per hour? These athletic dogs have great stamina for running, which makes them paw-fect partners for runners and hikers!

Greyhound

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Greyhounds are the fastest dog breeds. They can run approximately 40 to 45 mph. This isn’t just a coincidence. Their aerodynamic skulls and bodies are built for running. They also have shock-absorbing pads on their feet. Despite their speed and size, they are one of the gentlest breeds, perfect for families.

Jack Russell Terrier

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Jack Russell Terriers are small dogs with solid, elongated bodies and powerful short legs that allow them to run up to 38 miles per hour. They are not hostile but are brave when facing an opponent. Farmers originally bred these energetic dogs as ratters to hunt vermins. They can run approximately 38 miles per hour and will tirelessly chase a rodent once they see one.

Vizsla

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Vizslas are medium-sized dog breeds with slender bodies and long legs. These dogs can weigh about 55 to 60 pounds, grow up to 22 to 24 inches tall, and sprint up to 40 miles per hour. Vizslas are well-known for their shiny, red coat and long, silky ears. Despite their elegant look, these dogs have great stamina and can withstand outdoor activities such as running, hiking, or camping.

Afghan Hound

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These are medium-sized dog breeds weighing about 50 to 60 lbs. They can run approximately 40 miles per hour. These highly energetic dogs are recognized by their long, silky coat and pointed, slender noses. Their coats require daily brushing and regular maintenance. But it’s a great trade-off for their beauty. Afghan Hounds are also great hunters and speedy runners, which means they can definitely keep up with an athletic owner.

Doberman Pinscher

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Doberman Pinschers are highly intelligent breeds, commonly used as police dogs because of their agility and muscular bodies. They can run up to 35 miles per hour and use their instinct for chasing and hunting scents. They are protective dogs that can sense danger immediately. If you plan to adopt a Doberman Pinscher, ensure they get stimulation daily through exercise and training.

Border Collie

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Border Collies are medium-sized herding dogs that weigh about 30 to 55 lbs. They were originally bred to herd cattle such as sheep and cows. Their hunting instincts and daunting gaze intimidate cattle to run in the opposite direction. Additionally, these dogs can run approximately 30 miles per hour and can move while in a crouched position, allowing them to nibble a cattle’s foot to keep them in line with the herd.

German Shepherd

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A German Shepherd is a popular pick among athletes and the police force. They are protective dogs that can sense danger and act in a split second upon command. These tireless dogs can stay alert and endure long hours of duty. They also have strong scent receptors, allowing them to detect a scent from miles away. Plus, they can run at approximately 30 miles per hour.

Standard Poodle

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Standard poodles are large dogs that can weigh about 50 to 70 pounds. Poodles are natural people-pleasers; they are cuddly and affectionate to the humans they trust. It’s a good thing their curly furs are hypoallergenic. They are also playful, so expect to have regular zoomies from time to time. A standard poodle can run up to 30 miles per hour.

Weimaraner

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Weimaraners are extraordinary runners and exceptional hunting dogs. They have excellent nose sensitivity and can sprint up to 35 miles per hour. But of course, they still need training if you’re going to use them for hunting. Since they can be a bit destructive when they lack mental stimulation, you should ensure they get daily exercise. A good way to shape their behaviors is by training them with a leash at an early age.

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A Great Dane is a large dog breed that can weigh up to 175 lbs and grow up to 32 inches tall. Historically, Great Danes were great outdoor companions, especially when hunting wild boars and other wild animals. They can run approximately 35 miles per hour and are extremely protective of their humans.

Ibizan Hound

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Another fast, large dog on the list is the Ibizan hound. They can run up to 40 miles per hour. They are well-behaved dogs, perfect around kids, which makes them great family dogs. Although they aren’t much into cuddles and are usually aloof, they make great playmates. These dog breeds are active and require regular exercise.