These are the world's fastest breeds of dog. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
One of the unexpected effects of the
global pandemic – and the resulting series of lockdowns – was an increase in demand for puppies.
And the extent of that soaring in demand has been shown by the latest registrations statistics from the
UK Kennel Club, up nearly 40 per cent from 250,649 in 2020 to 349,013 in 2021. One of the most ancient breeds of dog, the Saluki is thought to date back to ancient Egypt. With a top speed of 42mph they are the second fastest dog breed. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images) For all the latest dog news, pictures, advice and information, join our Scotsdog Facebook group here
With 221 breeds of dog to choose from, it’s best to do your homework before picking your perfect four-legged friend.
Depending on your lifestyle and home you may be best opting for a
large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed. It probably comes as no surprise that the fastest breed of all is the Greyhound. They are born to run, although are surprisingly lazy the rest of the time, and have an incredible top speed of 45mph. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
But if you want a pup that will do two laps of the park before more of its canine friends have done one, there are a few dogs you should have at the top of your list.
Here are 12 of the fastest breeds, according to the American Kennel Club.
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