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12 of the fastest dog breeds

Twelve breeds among the fastest dogs when it comes to flat-out speed

Fastest Dog Breeds
Fastest Dog Breeds
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Usain Bolt, the world record holder in the 100m and 200m, showcased a top-end speed of 44 km/h at the peak of his career. How does that stack up in the animal world, specifically among the fastest dog breeds? As can be seen below, he would get handily beaten on most occasions.

The most famous of the dog breeds when it comes to speed, the Greyhound, not surprisingly tops the list.

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In certain instances, there have been impressive dog-human duos when racing. Notable performances include Jessey The Elf’s 15:26 at the Frosty 5K in Burlington, Ont. and a 4:13 road mile (1,609m).

Below are some of the fastest dog breeds when it comes to top-end speed.

Greyhound – 6972 km/h

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Vizsla – 64 km/h

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Saluki – 6469 km/h

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Afghan hound – 63 km/h

Whippet – 56 km/h

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Border collie – 48 km/h

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Jack Russell terrier – 40 km/h

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Doberman pinscher – 4851 km/h

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Borzoi (Russian wolfhound) – 5861 km/h

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Weimaraner – 56 km/h

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Dalmatian – 59 km/h

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Belgian malinois – 48 km/h

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