Top 11 fastest dog breeds that are so quick they could compete in the Olympics

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It’s no secret that our four-legged friends enjoy a good run about whether it’s over the park, chasing fellow canines or chasing a ball when playing fetch. To celebrate the beginning of the 32nd Summer Olympic Games, TeamDogs have ranked 11 of the fastest dog breeds to ultimately determine how their characteristics make them such speedy runners.

11. Standard Poodle

They seem demure but Poodles pack some speed, making them part of this elite list of the swiftest pups.

Bred as duck hunters in France, Poodles can weigh more than 70 pounds but run just over 30 pmh.

And their moisture-resistant coat also makes them efficient swimmers, making them as speedy on land as they are on water.

10. Border Collie

Picture what kind of dog a farmer would have and a Border Collie will be one of the first to spring to mind, and with good reason. You would need a pet with high stamina to endure life on a farm.

Border Collies are working and herding dog breeds with an average speed of 30mph and are known for excelling in dog sport events.

There agility and stamina means they can withstand long distances, running 50 miles a day back in the day for Scottish shepherds – we’d have them down for the long distance races.

9. Doberman Pinscher

This medium-sized hound is easily identifiable for their muscular build and black and brown short fur.

Doberman Pinschers are very intelligent and easy to train, making them popular choices with the military, rescue teams and security.

At 32 mph, they can chase down any offender with speed and agility. With a gentle and affectionate personality, they are also perfect family dogs.

8. Borzoi

Also known as the Russian Hunting Sighthound, these dogs are known for being physically fit and were originally used for hunting rabbits, foxes and wolves.

Borzoi is a Russian adjective that translates to ‘fast’ and it is clear why, when they can run 36 mph with their long fur fluttering in the wind.

7. Dalmatian

One of the most distinctive looking dogs in the world, Dalmatians originate from Croatia where they were used to run along carriages to protect riders from thieves.

With an average speed of 37 mph these black and white pooches would be a great addition for sport loving families.

6. Jack Russell Terrier

They might be small in stature but would be mighty on the running track. Jack Russell Terriers can reach up to 38 mph on there little legs.

Known for their energetic personality, these pups were originally bred for foxhunting in England and need to be kept stimulated, making them great for long walks.

5. Whippet

Just like their name suggests, this dog breed also from England can run like the wind with an average speed of 34 mph.

Descended from Greyhounds and with similar physical features, it’s no surprise Whippets rank high on this list.

Used to hunt small rodents, Whippets are more commonly found as popular choices for dock-diving and agility-based competitions -this would be one dog you’d want on your Olympic team.

4. Vizsla

Bred in Hungary for pointing and retrieving, Vizslas have a high reputation as sporting dog.

With a very loyal nature and a very thin build but full of muscle, this medium-sized dog can keep up with a 40 mph runner. Whilst they are lean and active, Vizslas are also affectionate and gentle in their nature.

3. Afghan Hound

Coming third place, they have long silky coats from head to toe but that doesn’t hold the Afghan Hound back running at 40mph.

One of the oldest dog breeds in the world, this breed was originally used to hunt in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. They are sought after for lure coursing and kennel shows.

2. Saluki

Taking silver in this list is the intelligent and rapid Saluki, with a top speed of 42 mph.

In 1996 a Saluki held the Guinness World Record as the fastest dog in the world, reaching a fast-paced 42.8 mph.

Known for their graceful and quiet nature, blink too quickly and you may miss this Middle Eastern breed when it’s charging at full speed.

Their heavily padded feet are built to absorb the impact of running making their stamina something to envy.

1. Greyhound

Unsurprisingly, English Greyhounds is the winning dog breed that could take on Usian Bolt in a 100m dash.

As racing dogs with very little body fat and lots of stamina, these canines can run as fast as 45 mph. Though greyhounds love to sprint, they’re actually quite calm pets at home.

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