Dog Running Speeds

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  1. JacksonsMom

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    So, Jackson has this thing that he LOVES doing. My dad has four wheelers/ATV's at his house and when me and my brother drive by the fence, he chases us as FAST as he can. I know this is probably a bad habit to start but he just loves it and gets so much exercise this way, lol. He also doesn't do the chasing of vehicle-thing outside of the fence.

    So anyways, I drove right beside him today and he was running 23-24MPH at his fastest. Slowest was usually right at 20MPH. Is this pretty fast for a 16lb dog? It always seemed pretty fast to me driving beside him. What is the average speed of a Greyhound, for example?

    Jackson's typically the fastest little dog at the dog park, unless some kind of Italian Greyhound comes in, and the JRT's sometimes out run him. But yeah, he's pretty darn fast when he wants to be.
     
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    Its hard to say reliably. The fastest I've clocked Buster, or Ruby is near 20. Everything suggests that Labs of her type and BC types should go faster, and they certainly outrun anything they see, but I can't get a good record of it.

    I would check your speedometer against a gps though. They are known to be off a bit on those. At 20, mine are fully extended so the only place to go for more speed is moving the legs faster. I have a bit of a hard time seeing your little dogs legs doing that!

    Maybe I'll tie a gps to Ruby.
     
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    There's a GPS app on iPhones that you could use if he has a backpack or a secure harness vest with a secured pocket. I can't remember what it's called but i believe it's $1.99 or something, measures distance, top speed, average speed, slowest speed, etc. Gives you a little chart too lol.
     
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    Could always just mark off a 100' stretch or similar, get him going so he's top speed when he crosses the start, and time or video him from one flag to the other. Do it a few times (on different days if he tires) and average them for a fairly accurate top speed.

    A little cheaper than tying a GPS to him. Or maybe that's just me picturing my girls diving into the creek with it after the dash... :)
     
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    Greyhounds can hit 40-45mph, apparently. Whippets at 35.

    http://mistupid.com/animals/speeds.htm
    http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/greyhound.htm

    I'd be curious to see how fast Lucy runs. At the dog park, she runs fast--but more importantly, she runs smart. When she's chasing a bigger dog than she herself, she's a master at cutting corners and dodging obstacles to catch the offender ;)
     
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    Haha, that's a good idea! I may just do that.

    I was doing some googling and read on three sites that a JRT can run 20-30mph, so it may be about right with him going approx. 20mph? Anyone know how accurate that is with JRT's?

    I should add also it's more of a sprint. He gets REALLY fast but it's only for about 10-20 seconds when I ride by the fence.
     
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    LOL, Jackson does this too. He's sooo good at leaping over top of dogs who get in front of him, or doing a really quick cut to switch into a new direction, haha.
     
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    I keep saying these lure sport events should use speed guns. It'd be a blast to know what my dogs run!
     
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    I once clocked Shiva at 35 mph running alongside the car (I'd TOLD Charley to keep her in the house until I was gone!) for several hundred yards before I figured she wasn't going to give up, stopped, let her in the car and took her back to the farmhouse and put her inside.

    Shiva was the slowest of the three Filas. :eek:
     
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    I can't say I've clocked her, but I do know that Xena is faster than the local border collies. More agile in the turns, too. So take your average BC speed and add a few MPH for her. :dunno:
     
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    Robert used to have Strider pull him on his longboard. He got a gps watch.

    Sttrider's average speed pulling a 180 lb. man on a skateboard for five miles was 27 mph. His top speed skateboarding and in the open field was 42 mph. That was probably on a downhill part of their run where he wasn't actually pulling weight since Robert routinely hits 45-50 on big hills solo on his longboard.
     
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    40-45 MPH is tops for all sighthounds except maybe italians. i'm pretty sure whippets can break 40, since i have heard of a few taking fox and a sprinting dog MUST break 40 to have a chance at a healthy fox. tops for non sighthounds is USUALLY 30-35. top SUSTAINED speed is around 60-75% of sprint speed.
     
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    That's interesting. and I would love this app! I'll see if Googling the app description will give me the actual app name to download.
    I actually did not think about clocking the speed of the malts. I know that my two speed amazingly for 9lb dogs .. they are known as speeding bullets around here, but I've never clocked it. gotta find that app!!
     
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    I think over 40 might be unusual for a borzoi. Kaia is wicked fast, but neither she or any other borzois Strider has played with can keep up with him. I mentioned the 42 mph thing to a guy who owned the #1 coursing borzoi in the country at the time, his eyes got really big and he was like "holy cow!".

    But then, Strider has some very fast dogs behind him. His grandsire was used extensively on bitches doing open field coursing after OFC folks saw him out catching western jacks and running on par with the salukis. And sire's side has a bunch of performance dogs, including one who broke some speed records in German oval track racing.
     
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    might be, but it shouldn't be. due to size, good danes can approach 40 in a sprint but can't keep it up near as long as a sighthound. likewise the rangy steppe wolves can approach that speed so the borzoi should top 40.
     
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    I hooked the GPS to Ruby's collar and went off with a bike.

    22.1mph. That was on a fetch (land of course) following a 21.9 mph sprint over short dried grass.

    I went six miles, she went 10, and averaged 5mph for 2 hours, with a 7mph moving average, including swimming (though being submerged did affect signal quality quite a bit).

    I guess I will need a motorcycle.
     

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