How Fast Does a Greyhound Run?

By Laura Payne

Greyhounds are the second fastest runners of all land animals. They can go from zero to their top speed of 45 mph in just six strides. Cheetahs are the only animals that can top that with a running speed of 75 mph.

How Do Greyhounds Run so Fast?

With outstretched bodies, greyhounds look like they are flying.

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The Greyhound’s running style and gait are what allow him to run fast. Like cheetahs, greyhounds run using a rotary gallop style, which lends itself to sprinting. The order of the legs hitting the ground rotates; first the front left leg touches down, then front right, then rear right and then rear left. Both animals also use a two stage gait. In one stage their bodies and legs are stretched out parallel to the ground, and in the other stage their bodies are compressed with front and rear legs overlapping beneath the animal. This is when the legs pound the ground to push forward with speed.

What are Greyhounds Like?

Greyhounds like to chill out.

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Just because greyhounds run fast and like chasing things doesn’t mean that they are high-strung dogs. Generally speaking, they are mellow dogs who do well around children, are not territorial and seldom bark. They may be healthier than the average dog too. According to Greyhound Pets of America Minnesota, greyhounds are less likely to develop health problems found in other dogs because of their selective breeding. Male greyhounds weigh 65 pounds and up, and females weigh between 50 and 65 pounds. Their average life span is 12 to 15 years.