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Top 10 Fastest Running Dogs

Updated on October 6, 2014
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The numerous dog breeds available today are as a result of breeders interbreeding different dog breeds so as to come up with different dog breeds that have better physical appearance and temperaments than their parents. Most dog breeders breed different dog breeds to come up with a dog breed that best suits the need of their customers.

Today dogs are mainly used as companion or as guard dogs. Companionship and guarding are not the only ways a dog can become useful, Dogs can also make great runners; however not all dogs can make great runners. Most running dogs were mainly used as hunting dogs since they could run very fast and catch up with the prey. Most of these dogs make great hunting dogs. Whether you are looking for a dog that runs fast to assist you in hunting or you are looking for a running dog to assist you in your daily running exercises, here are ten great running dogs.

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1. Greyhound

The Greyhound is one of the fastest dog breed that can run at speeds of 40-45 miles per hours. The Greyhound is great in short runs since it does not have much endurance for long runs. This dog is a good leaper and should therefore be left in a high fence. It is a large and muscular dog that weighs about 60-70 pounds.

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2. Whippet

The Whippet is a great running dog that can run at a speed of 36 miles per hour. The Whippet is a cross breed of a greyhound and the terriers that were used to hunt rabbits. This dog is very swift and is able to change directions immediately. The Whippet is lovely, friendly and very loyal. It has a great personality that makes it a great family pet and companion.

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3. Saluki

Just like the Greyhound, the Saluki is a great runner that is very swift and can run at a speed of 40 miles per hour but it has little endurance and may not run for long distances. The Whippet is a relatively large dog although not as large as the Greyhound. It weighs 35-65 pounds. The Saluki is a quiet and calm dog that has a great personality that makes it a great companion and friend.

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4. Siberian husky

The Siberian husky dog is not only a cute dog that is great at hunting, it is also a great runner. The Siberian husky can run for about 150 miles in a day. They make great running dogs for long distances since they have great endurance. The Siberian husky is a friendly dog that is great with kids thus makes a great family dog.

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5. Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian ridgeback is a large dog that was developed as a hunting dog. The Rhodesian ridgeback is originally from South Africa where it was bred by Boer farmers. Being a great hunter, the Rhodesian ridgeback is swift and is able to run for both short and long distances.

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6. Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell terrier is a merry dog that is very energetic and active. This dog is spirited, obedient and very amusing. The Jack Russell is very active and requires much exercise to prevent it from becoming destructive. It is a great runner and can participate in both short and long distance runs.

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7. Catahoula Leopard Dog

The Catahoula Leopard dog is a great hunting dog that is very territorial, protective and independent. It is loyal and loving to its family but can be reserved towards strangers. This dog requires an owner with strong leadership skills to make a great pack leader. The Catahoula has a great stamina and is swift making it a great running dog for both long and short runs.

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8. Beagle

The Beagle is a friendly and loyal dog that makes a great family pet and a good companion. It is a great hunter and therefore makes a great running dog. It has a sturdy body that helps it to be swift in running. The Beagle is merry and very spirited. It is friendly to all including kids.

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9. Vizslas

The Vizsla is a medium-sized dog that is originally from Hungary where it was used in hunting. It is a very active dog that requires much exercise. This dog is very affectionate, loyal and loving to its family. It is lively and thrives in an active family. As a hunter, the Vizsla is a great runner that has great stamina to run in both short and long runs.

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10. German Shorthaired Pointer

The German shorthaired pointer is a very intelligent dog that is very swift. It is a medium-sized dog that is highly proficient with many different types of game and sport such as retrieving, trailing, quail, pointing pheasant, grouse and waterfowl. It is very active and will thrive in an active family.

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    • Alphadogg16 profile image

      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting and informative hub afriqnet. I always knew Greyhounds and Whippets were fast, never knew Siberian Huskies were in the 'fastest" mix......Definitely wouldn't think Beagles were in the top 10. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Have you heard of African breeds like the Azawakh or the Sloughi?

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