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Meet the Fastest Dog Breeds in the World

#7 Dalmatian

Maximum speed of 37 mph.

The Dalmatian has become a cultural icon thanks to Disney’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and its history as a popular breed of firehouse dog in the United States. Dalmatians are one of the few dog breeds that can keep up with horses, so they were perfect for running alongside firefighter carriages in the early days of firefighting. The Budweiser Clydesdales and fire departments worldwide still use the breed as a mascot.

#6 German Shepard

Speed limit: 39 mph

Due to their natural eagerness to work, German shepherds have long been employed as guard and service dogs. German shepherds in law enforcement are so performance-driven that they can get frustrated if they don’t find a threat when given a chance to sniff it out on their own.

#5 Vizsla

Maximum speed is 40 mph.

In the past, when game was shot, the dog would return the downed bird to its owner, demonstrating that the breed was selected for its ability to hunt and retrieve. The breed has a high need for human companionship and has a tendency to complain when it is neglected. As with most hunting dogs, vizslas need regular exercise.

#4 Afghan Hound

Maximum speed is 40 mph.

The long, luxurious coat of the Afghan hound, which is groomed by its owners to bring out the breed’s silky appearance, has made it a staple in dog shows. The breed is well-known for its ability to perform well in dog shows, but its remarkable speed also makes it a formidable adversary in agility competitions.

#3 Ibizan Hound

Maximum speed is 40 mph.

Ibizan hounds are notorious for breaking out of their crates and scaling tall fences in an effort to amuse their owners. There is a tendency for this breed to run away when unleashed, so it’s important for owners to keep a close eye on their dog at all times. Ibizan hounds are great guard dogs because they are vigilant and territorial but only bark when absolutely necessary.

#2 Saluki

Maximum speed is 43 mph.

Salukis are sight hunters; they rely on their keen vision to spot prey from great distances and their extraordinary speed to pursue and catch small prey. The saluki is not officially recognized as the fastest dog over short distances, but it is widely held that it is capable of speeds greater than those of any other breed.

#1 Greyhound

Maximum speed of 45 mph

The greyhound is the fastest breed of dog due to its tall, lean build that was developed specifically for racing. The breed was developed for speed rather than endurance, so they don’t need as much exercise as other dogs. Greyhounds are known for their independence and gentle demeanor, and they are content to spend their days lounging around the house. But if they don’t get enough physical activity, they can get destructively hyperactive.

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