These Are the 15 Fastest Dog Breeds in the World

If you’re looking to adopt a dog and speed is a factor, you may want to check out one of these fifteen dog breeds. All of the pups on this list are not only incredibly fast but also extremely friendly and would make great house pets.

Be mindful, though, that most of these dogs need ample room to run around, constant time to exercise, and plenty of play time with their owners. But if you have the yard space and patience to train these lovable dogs, they’ll all make wonderful house pets.

15. Italian Greyhound

Portrait of a female Italian Greyhound dog in a home setting.

They’re small but quick. | Rauluminate/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 25 mph

Italian Greyhounds are smaller than traditional Greyhounds, so they can’t run as fast. Although they’re the slowest dog breed on this list, they still top out at 25 mph, which means if one gets loose, good luck catching it. These Greyhounds tend to be personable and affectionate around those they know. They’re shy around strangers but warm up quickly. They usually live 14-15 years.

Next: You’ll be surprised how fast this giant dog can run. 

14. Giant Schnauzer

shaggy giant schnauzer standing isolated

They were bred to herd. | lekcej/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 28 mph

The giant Schnauzers were initially bred to herd cattle, which explains their ability to run fast. These giant pups are high-energy dogs that mostly serve as companions. But some do serve in law enforcement as well, thanks to their speed. They usually weigh between 55 and 85 pounds and live anywhere from 12-15 years.

Next: These hunting dogs are friendly, affectionate, and very fast. 

13. Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound Playing

Their long legs help with speed. | iStock.com/Darren Brown

  • Top speed: 28 mph

Scottish Deerhounds love to run and were originally bred to run down Scottish deer — hence the name. They’re very friendly, affectionate dogs, but they have a lot of energy. They need plenty of exercise, and their owners must find time every day to play with them. They’re usually about two and a half feet tall and live anywhere from eight to 11 years.

Next: These dogs are commonly used in K-9 units. 

12. German Shepherd

German shepherd dog

They were originally herding dogs. | fotojagodka/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 30 mph

German Shepherds were originally used as herding dogs. Today, they’re commonly used as service and police dogs in the United States due in part to their size and quick running speeds. Plus, they’re excellent distance runners, so for those looking for a running companion, this dog is perfect. They usually live anywhere from nine to 13 years.

Next: Most think these dogs are French, but they’re actually German. 

11. Poodle

Cute red Toy Poodle puppy sitting outdoors on green grass

They’re strong athletes. | iEudyptula/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 30 mph

Surprisingly, these dogs are some of the fastest in the world. They can top speeds of just over 30 mph, and the largest poodles can weigh more than 70 pounds. Poodles are actually German, but they were popularized in France for working as water retrievers. They have a moisture-resistant coat that helps with swimming, so the poodle is both a quick runner and swimmer.

Next: These sweet dogs are known for herding sheep. 

10. Border Collie

Border Collie Puppy With Paws on White Rustic Fence III

They have good speed and endurance. | JLSnader/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 30 mph

Border Collies are known as herd dogs, and they can run anywhere from 20 to 30 mph. These dogs have high endurance and are used to herding and watching sheep for long periods of time. They’re very easily trained and extremely affectionate. These collies usually live around 12 years.

Next: These German pups make ideal guard dogs. 

9. Doberman Pinscher

doberman dog outdoors

They’re smart and quick. | iStock.com/onetouchspark

  • Top speed: 32 mph

The Doberman’s top speed clocks in at 32 mph. These dogs, originally from Germany, are both quick and intelligent, making them ideal guard dogs. They learn quickly as well, so they’re easy to train. They can weigh anywhere from 75 to 100 pounds and usually live 10-12 years.

Next: These skinny dogs pack a lot of speed. 

8. Whippet

Two whippet dogs in a garden

They’re slender dogs. | Onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 35 mph

Whippets are known for their loyalty. They’re very loving dogs who take well to their owners. These dogs are also well known for being extremely thin, even if they’re fed a lot. You’ll likely always be able to see their ribs, but that is normal. They’re house-friendly pets who love children, and you can expect them to live 12-15 years.

Next: This breed needs a lot of space to run around. 

7. Borzoi

White Borzoi in Summer Evening

Their name translates to “swift.” | bruev/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 36 mph

In Russian, Borzoi translates to “swift,” which is exactly what these pups are. With a top speed of 36 mph, this dog is one of the fastest in the world. This breed needs a lot of space to run around and get its energy out, but it’s a fun, loving dog who would make a good house pet if given ample room. They can weight anywhere from 55 to 105 pounds and usually live 10-12 years.

Next: These firehouse pups are incredibly fast. 

6. Dalmatian

Dalmatian

This Disney dog is pretty speedy. | GlobalP/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 37 mph

The Dalmatian is known for more than just its classic Disney movie. These dogs are extremely fast — in a residential neighborhood, they’d run fast enough to get a speeding ticket. They’re also well-known for being “firehouse dogs” and are great around people. They’re very family-friendly; they can weigh anywhere from 45-70 pounds and usually live 11-13 years.

Next: These dogs might be small, but they can outrun most on this list. 

5. Jack Russell terrier

Jack-Russell-terrier

They might be small, but they can run pretty fast. | GlobalP/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 38 mph

These tiny pups are adorable and extremely quick. They were originally bred to hunt fox in England about 200 years ago, which explains their ability to chase down almost any other dog on this list. These dogs are very active and athletic, but extremely friendly. Their size makes them great for families with small children, and you can expect them to live anywhere from 10-15 years.

Next: These Hungarian hunting dogs are super easy to train. 

4. Vizsla

Vizsla

They’re high-energy dogs. | Volofin/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 40 mph

Vizslas make wonderful pets for more active families. With a top running speed of 40 mph, it’s important to not let this dog get loose. These pups hail from Hungary, where they were trained to run alongside hunters. They’re high-energy but very easy to train and extremely playful. They usually weigh 45 to 65 pounds and live about 10 to 14 years.

Next: This next dog is very difficult to train but incredibly kid-friendly. 

3. Afghan Hound

An afghan hound dog walking on the lawn

Their hair floating in the breeze is something to see. | raywoo/iStock/Getty Images

  • Top speed: 40 mph

It’s amazing to watch these dogs run. Their hair floats in the breeze, and they look like majestic animals while they cruise at a top speed of 40 mph. These dogs were originally used for hunting in the deserts of Afghanistan. But they are extremely independent, making them tough to train. They require a lot of patience, and house training is especially difficult. However, they are incredibly kid-friendly and worth it if they’re given the proper training time. They’re usually anywhere from 50 to 60 pounds and live about 10-12 years.

Next: These dogs are calm but quick. 

2. Saluki

saluki puppy on a beach

These dogs can fly. | iStock.com/onetouchspark

  • Top speed: 42 mph

Salukis are low-intensity, high-speed dogs. But they do love the thrill of the chase — squirrels, cats, or nearly any moving object will send Salukis running. And as the second fastest dog in the world, it’s very important to properly train them. These dogs are very friendly and typically weigh 35-70 pounds. You can expect them to live about 12-14 years.

Next: These popular race dogs are the fastest dogs in the world. 

1. Greyhound

Greyhound outside

They’re racing dogs for a reason. | Neurodoc/Wikimedia Commons

  • Top speed: 45 mph

The standard Greyhound is the fastest dog in the world. With a top speed of 45 miles per hour, this dog can nearly keep up with the slow lane on a highway. They are well-known as racing dogs and are still raced worldwide today. But speed aside, they’re incredibly friendly and easy to maintain health-wise. These dogs are not aggressive and make wonderful house pets.

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