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It is no secret that our four-legged friends have a good run, be it across the park, hunting for conspecifics or hunting for a ball while fetching. To celebrate the start of the 32nd Summer Olympics, TeamDogs voted # 11 fastest dog breeds to ultimately determine how their traits make them such fast runners.

11. Standard poodle

They look restrained, but poodles have a certain speed, which makes them part of this elite list of the fastest pups.

Bred as duck hunters in France, poodles can weigh over 70 pounds but walk just past 30 o’clock.

And their moisture-repellent fur also makes them efficient swimmers, making them just as fast on land as they are on the water.

10. Border collie

Imagine what kind of dog a farmer would have and a border collie would be one of the first to think of, and for good reason. You need a high endurance pet to endure life on a farm.

Border collies are working and herding dog breeds with an average speed of 50 km / h and are known to stand out at dog sport events.

Their agility and stamina mean they can endure long distances, previously running 80 miles a day for Scottish shepherds – we would have them below for the long distance races.

The agility and endurance of the Border Collies means they can endure long distances (Image: GETTY)

9. Doberman Pinscher

This medium-sized hunting dog is easily recognized by its muscular build and short black and brown fur.

Doberman pinschers are very intelligent and easy to train, which makes them a popular choice with the military, rescue teams, and security services.

At 32 miles per hour, they can hunt any offender quickly and with agility. With a gentle and loving personality, they are also perfect family dogs.

8. Borzoi

Also known as the Russian hunting greyhound, these dogs are known for their physical fitness 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 their long fur can flutter in the wind.

The 11 fastest dog breeds that are so fast they could compete in the Olympics

Doberman pinschers are very intelligent, easy to train, and can run up to 32 miles per hour (Image: GETTY)

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7. Dalmatians

Dalmatians, one of the most distinctive dogs in the world, come from Croatia, where they walked on carriages to protect riders from thieves.

With an average speed of 60 km / h, these black and white pooches would be a great addition for sports-loving families.

6. Jack Russell Terrier

You may be short in stature, but powerful on the running track. Jack Russell Terriers can reach up to 38 miles per hour on their tiny legs.

Known for their energetic personalities, these pups were originally bred in England for fox hunting and require stimulation, which makes them ideal for long walks.

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The 11 fastest dog breeds that are so fast they could compete in the Olympics

Dalmatian is the seventh fastest dog in the world (Image: GETTY)

5. Whippet

As the name suggests, this dog breed, also from England, can run like the wind with an average speed of 54 km / h.

Descended from greyhounds and with similar physical traits, it’s no surprise that whippets top this list.

Whippets are used for hunting small rodents and are more commonly found as popular choices for dock diving and agility competitions – this would be a dog you would want to have on your Olympic team.

4. Vizsla

Vizslas was bred in Hungary for pointing and retrieving and enjoys a high reputation as a sports dog.

With a very loyal disposition and a very thin physique, but full of muscles, this medium-sized dog can compete with a 40 mile runner. While they are slim and active, Vizslas are also affectionate and gentle in their nature.

The 11 fastest dog breeds that are so fast they could compete in the Olympics

Whippets are descended from Greyhounds, which makes them a quick breed (Image: GETTY)

3. Afghan hound

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

As one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, this breed was originally used for hunting in the cold mountains of Afghanistan. They are popular for coursing and kennel shows.

2. Saluki

Silver on this list is the intelligent and fast 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 top speed of 42.8 mph.

Known for their graceful and calm nature, blink too fast and you might miss this Middle Eastern breed when charging at full speed.

Her heavily padded feet are designed to absorb the shocks of running, which makes her endurance an enviable one.

The 11 fastest dog breeds that are so fast they could compete in the Olympics

Afghan hounds are ranked third on the list of fastest dogs (Image: GETTY)

1. Greyhound

Unsurprisingly, English Greyhounds are the winning dog breed that could take on Usian Bolt in a 100 meter run.

As racing dogs with very little body fat and a lot of stamina, these canines can run up to 45 miles per hour. Although greyhounds love to sprint, they are actually pretty calm pets at home.


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The 11 fastest dog breeds that are so fast they could compete in the Olympics

English greyhounds can run an average of 45 miles per hour (Image: GETTY)

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