Dogs, like predators, are able to run very fast for prey. On average, they develop a speed of up to 10 km per hour. Representatives of hunting breeds are the fastest.
The fastest breeds of dogs in the world
On the speed of running for short distances, the leader is the Greyhound. These dogs can reach speeds of up to 65 km / h. Greyhound named Star Titl in 1994 set a world record of running speed among dogs, having developed a speed of up to 67 km / h. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Modern Greyhounds drawn in England for field harassment. They are one of the few who are able to catch up with the hare. Therefore, dogs of this breed successfully participate in hippodromes in dog races.
The second place among the dog runners is taken by an African wild dog or a hyena dog. She is like a hyena, although she is a close relative of a red wolf . It is capable of speeding up to 50-55 km / h, and at long distances, and in the sprint can accelerate to 65 km / h.
The Afghan greyhound is also a very fast dog and Greyhounda surpasses in stamina and can run for a long time at a speed of 40-50 km / h. Often on a hunt, these dogs work in pairs: first the bitch chases and takes the beast to the right place, and the dog takes it there in a jump. This combination of strength and speed allowed the Afghan hound to use in hunting for fast and large animals like a wolf and a gazelle.
Dog Saluki looks like a greyhound, but has a more silky and long coat. For short distances, it runs slower than the greyhound (up to 40 km / h), but it is very hardy and can chase dozens of kilometers.
Famous runners of the dog family are also husky. These are sled dogs capable of running at a speed of at least 30 km / h on a snow-covered rugged terrain and carrying a load of at least 100 kg during the whole day. In ideal conditions, on a dense and even surface, the husks develop a speed of up to 40 km / h. And they can escape with a break for a night's sleep for several days.
So, in the world championship on racing on sled dogs, which takes place in Alaska, the races are held for three days in a row, in the first and second at 32 km, and in the third - 43 km. For a horse, this would not be real. There are also prestigious Iditarod Trail Race races, where overcoming 1,688 km of track on sleds is given 20 days, 49 minutes and 41 seconds. But the winner of 2002 passed this distance for 9 days 58 minutes and 6 seconds. That is, the average team per day overcame 200 km. Of all mammals, only a dog can do this.