Dogs are among humans’ favorite pets. They are amazing domestic creatures that have come to understand up to 250 words and gestures. Their average intelligence is equal to a two-year-old kid. According to a 2011 research conducted in Germany, dogs can smell diseases. Couple that supernatural ability with cuteness, loyalty, playful nature, and you get the ideal companion from the animal kingdom.

There are more than 150 breeds of dogs that live around the world. These are in their turn divided into various classes such as hound, terrier, toy, herding, sporting, etc. We listed top 10 fastest dogs in the world in the following article. Each and one of these dogs can impress everyone with their speed.

1# Greyhound

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Greyhound comes first in the list of fastest dogs. There’s no wonder to the reasons behind this choice. This breed is able to reach a speed of 45 mph. Most of the other dogs can’t even get close to this fantastic number.

Usually, these dogs display a sluggish behavior. However, whenever they sense the beginning of a race, they can put their aerodynamic constructions to great use to reach greatest speeds. They are tall, lean, and long-legged creatures. Such a build goes against their couch potato nature. This intelligent European breed can reach 70 kilometers per hour. This makes them some special companions for their owners.

2# Saluki

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Saluki is one of the tallest dog breeds in the world. They can run with an amazing speed of 43 mph which easily secured them a high rank in this list of fastest dogs. They have drop ears, large eyes, and padded feet. All these features of their body help them to achieve the impressive speed.

These breeds should not be trained using harsh methods, and they do not enjoy any usual dog games. This is one of the oldest breeds of domesticated dogs which have been used for hunting. This type of dogs can grow up to 28 inches and weight around 40 to 60 pounds. Their coats come in a variety of colors such as cream, red, black and tan, fawn, tricolor, etc.

3# Vizsla

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This intelligent breed is usually very responsive during training. These dogs are also known as Velcro Vizsla as they never go far away and prefer to stick with their master. They are friendly and like to stay close with family members.

These dogs are mostly trained as hunters or security dogs. Considering their agility and loyalty, these dogs are born guardians. They have a lean body that seems to defy gravity. Vizsla is medium in size and can run up to 40 mph which makes them one of the fastest dogs out there. Such a breed is often seen during numerous competitions with well-earned medals as well. Vizsla needs regular exercise of about two hours per day, and they love to play games.

4# Dalmatian

dalmatian dog playing fetch on the beach with a stick in its mouth

Dalmatians are popular and good looking dogs. They are beloved animals around a home as everyone loves their black spots on white fur. It is one of the intelligent pet animals with an excellent sense of humor.

They work as guard dogs, shepherds, and ratters or mostly as watchdogs for firehouses that help in finding people. They do not need much exercise like Vizsla yet they do enjoy having plenty of walking. These black spotted dogs were used for carriage in early days.

They can run with a top speed of 37 mph which made it as one of the fastest dogs in the world. They are mid-sized, muscular, and well-defined dogs with excellent stamina. This breed usually makes for a great companion for their owner.

5# Whippet

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This medium-sized breed was originated in England. It is popularly known as poor man’s racehorse as the whippet is brilliant in snapping rabbits. They can hunt by sight and have the capacity to reach 200 yards in 12 seconds with the speed of 36 mph.

These small greyhounds spend much of their time in resting positions. Nonetheless, they do need some regular exercise. Rather than smelling like other hunting dogs, they track their target by sight. Once they have their prey in their sight, whippets can quickly disappear to catch them.

They like to play and easily interact with people. On top of that, they belong to a hypoallergenic breed which makes them suitable for an apartment lifestyle.

6# Border Collie

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Border Collie can move quickly and can take corners like a sports car. This means that they can maintain control in turns to reach long distances.

They can run at a speed of 30 mph which makes them one of the fastest dogs. On the other hand, they are also popular for their intelligence and hardworking behavior. They are easy to train as they learn fast and are eager to stay close with family members.

These black and white dogs are medium in size, weight about 30 to 45 pounds, and are loyal to its owner. The Border Collie needs regular exercise and mental stimulation to keep them healthy.

7# Great Dane

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Great Dane is a wonderful pet animal that is affectionate with children despite its colossus build. These German breeds are well known for its enormous size as it is one of the tallest dog breeds in the world.

On the other hand, Great Danes managed to attain the nickname of the “gentle giant.” That’s because they are not too aggressive and very loving creatures. Its head can easily reach dining table by standing gently on the ground and taller than a man if it stands on two legs. It is one of the fastest dogs that is not going to fraternize with any stranger. All of these traits are recommending the Great Dane as a pet for a loving home with generous free space.

8# Doberman Pinscher

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Doberman is mostly used as guard dog which can run at a speed of 30 mph. They are not too friendly like Great Danes, and you can see them as villains in movie. They have sharp teeth, impressive look, with an intelligent and highly protective nature.

This German breed is usually loyal to their owner yet aggressive towards strangers. However, they can be turned into loving family members through proper training and patience. The American Kennel Club in the United States ranked Doberman as one of the most popular pure breeds in 2012. They are medium in size with a short coat, so there is no need for much grooming and they weight nearly 75 to 100 pounds.

9# Alaskan Husky

alaskan husky with brown and white coating climbing up a pile of  snow

The Alaskan Huskies were mostly found in frozen and remote areas where people employ them to deliver goods. Its thick coat helps them to survive in areas with low temperature. This breed works best in teams where it can maintain an average speed of 10 mph for hours in areas covered in snow.

It earned a spot on our list of fastest dog breeds in the world thanks to its amazing speed of 28 mph when working alone. They are friendly with their owners and can be excellent pets. The life span of these dogs is between 10 to 15 years. They are happy to live rather outside than staying close to their owners.

10# Jack Russell Terrier

running jack russell terrier reaching great speed outdoors

Among the tallest dogs, there is the smallest one that can very well compete with others in speed. It records a speed of 25 mph. The American Kennel Club classified this breed as an amazing fox hunter.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a perfect pet for a family as it is friendly with kids and can be the favorite companion for them. It is the small package with great attitude, confidence, speed, and tenacity. Despite its size, it is seen as one of the fastest dogs in the world. Nonetheless, this terrier needs extensive physical exercise to stay away from health complaints.

Final Word

Hopefully, you enjoyed this article by now and were able to extract some valuable information. Let us know your favorite breed of dog from the list. Moreover, you are welcome to share your feedback in the below comments section. Your personal insights can be useful for other readers.

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