Dog vs Human – Who’s Faster?



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Who can run faster? Is it man’s best friend or is it man himself?

Now before you go out and race the nearest dog you can find, we have the answer to this question, right here, right now, so save your breath!
Many of you have probably heard of Usain Bolt, the record setting Olympian who holds the “fastest man on Earth” title. But how fast does he run?

Usain Bolt reached a top speed of 27.8 miles per hour / 44.64 kilometers per hour[1]. Wow, that’s fast. The average person however doesn’t run that fast. While there are many factors that play into how fast we can run such as gender, age, height, fitness level and how healthy you are, the average human can run around the 10 miles per hour mark.

Now let’s compare that to dogs. You may have a breed in your mind that you think is the fastest and if you guessed Greyhound, you’re right!

The Greyhound can reach astounding speeds of around 43 miles per hour / 70 kilometers per hour[2] – and you thought humans were fast. Bet you didn’t see that one coming!

Here’s the approximate top speed[3] of some popular dog breeds:

Since we’ve only compared top speeds, you should keep in mind that endurance would play a large role if we were talking about distance or time. Comparing who could run the furthest or for the longest amount of time at these top speeds would be interesting to find out. We’ll save that for another article!

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[1] http://theconversation.com/the-maths-behind-the-fastest-person-on-earth-and-no-its-not-usain-bolt-63732
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhound
[3] https://www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet-advice/8-dogs-built-for-speed.html

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