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Dog Guide 02.10.2020

The fastest dog in the world

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The fastest dogs in the world

Slim and sinewy, the fastest dogs in the world easily take on a racehorse. This much is already revealed, the winner of our list brings it to incredible 80 kilometers per hour.

Rank 5 - Border Collie

The Border Collie in fifth place is an exception among the top five. He is neither a hunting dog nor a greyhound. His job was and still is to herd sheep. If he chases the flocks and drives them in again, he reaches a speed of up to 50 km/h. Border Collies originate from the far north of Great Britain. For more than 500 years this type of dog has been bred in Scotland and now worldwide.

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Rank 4 of the fastest dogs in the world: Whippet

The rather small British Whippet was traditionally considered the sighthound and hunting dog of the poor rural population. The rather small sighthounds bring it to 60 km/h and were preferably used to hunt rabbits. First Whippet appeared in the 19th century around English miners' settlements. The breed has been officially recognized since 1891. At times it was used for racing.

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    Rank 3 - Vizla

    The Rövidszörü magyar vizsla, or short-haired Hungarian pointing dog, hunts at a top speed of 65 mph. The idiosyncratic breed probably goes back to a Near Eastern sighthound type. Already in the 900 century A.D. dogs similar to the Vizla were known in the Carpathians. The breed has been officially recognized and bred since the beginning of the 20th century. In Germany the dog with the typical golden-brown colour is rare. It is only conditionally suitable as a family dog. Its primitive nature requires a lot of freedom and a breed-appropriate occupation.

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    Rank 2 - Galgo Espagnol

    The Spanish greyhound has a history of chasing hares, foxes and wild boars. With speeds of up to 70 km/h he chases the prey. It is fast, agile and silent. Hunting is traditionally done with two dogs, which act in perfect harmony with each other. Presumably the Celts brought greyhounds to the south more than two thousand years ago. A few hundred years later, the Spaniards exported the Galgo back to the north in order to revive the local breeds with fresh blood. There were also influences from Arabian sighthounds, which were brought to the south of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors. In Spain the Galgos were bred intensively for races. Unfortunately, unusable dogs landed all too often on the street. Many Galgos found their way to Germany via animal welfare and have since earned a reputation as grateful family dogs.

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      The fastest dog in the world: Greyhound

      With speeds up to 80 km/h, the Greyhound is the undisputed number one fastest dog in the world. The Greyhound is the great archetype of the northern European sighthounds. He is not, as one would like to assume due to the name, consistently grey. "Grey" or "greg" is an old Celtic word for dog. "Hound", on the other hand, refers in Old English to all breeds of dogs that hunt independently on sight. Greyhounds come in many bright colors and are the most common racing dog in the world today. In the U.S., they served as the namesake for a well-known bus line. "Greyhound Lines, based in Dallas, is the largest long-distance bus company in North America.

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