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Old 05-28-2012, 06:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the fastest a GSD can go?

I have seen several speeds out of Bear, my 8 mo male. He is somewhere over 70lbs now, next checkup in two weeks.

Walk, Trot, Glide, Canter, Gallop, Chase, and tonight after something he saw in the distance, BTTWA. Balls-to-the-Wall Afterburner. I have never had a dog that moved that fast!

SO what's a GSD clock over the short to medium distance? Bear covered about 300 yards faster than I could visually track him in the dark. I saw him go past me, and then at the other end on a power turn under a streetlamp. as he decelerated, not a whole lot of time afterwards.

He had to have seen something in the distance because he would have had any cat or rabbit in the straightaway.
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When my dog was younger- about 3.5 years old, I had just gotten a new road bicycle and decided to let her chase me down a country road. I had a speedometer on the bike. She ran at 22mph for .95 miles. I'd imagine that's very fast for a GSD. They are not particularly built for long distance speed like that, and it really isn't wise to push them like that.

In agility, Pimg is running in the 4 yards/sec range which is 8.2mph.
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Fastest in agility or just fast? Pan is training to run sub-4 seconds in flyball. His fastest official time is 4.009 which makes him the fastest U-fli GSD in North America (by over .2sec which is like hours in flyball time). I tried to out-run him on my bike and couldn't.
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If you think a GSD is fast, wait till you see a fast breed. A friend used to have Whippets with his GSD's and there was absolutely no comparison when they would run together.

OTOH, once you see a GSD run then the movies where you see a person running ahead of one (a K9 usually) for quite a distance, you quickly realize that is a movie fairy tale!
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If you think a GSD is fast, wait till you see a fast breed. A friend used to have Whippets with his GSD's and there was absolutely no comparison when they would run together.
We used to lure course several years ago, and the sighthounds can fly!
My own Italian Greyhounds, when they were younger, could easily outrun my Doberman who was not slow.

My GSD Sage is pretty fast. She loves to play chase with the other GSDs at my breeders house. No one has even been close to catching up with her. I call her the "whippet".
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Fastest in agility or just fast? Pan is training to run sub-4 seconds in flyball. His fastest official time is 4.009 which makes him the fastest U-fli GSD in North America (by over .2sec which is like hours in flyball time). I tried to out-run him on my bike and couldn't.
Harley's mother was a fast dog. (flyball) Her best time was 4.01
It's pretty impressive to see how fast some of the larger dogs can run. (large compared to Whippets etc.)

I hope Pan breaks into the 3. "somethings". You'll have to change his name from Pan to Lightening.
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Fastest in agility or just fast? Pan is training to run sub-4 seconds in flyball. His fastest official time is 4.009 which makes him the fastest U-fli GSD in North America (by over .2sec which is like hours in flyball time). I tried to out-run him on my bike and couldn't.
I was asking about just plain straightaway speed, no corners or obstacles.

It would have to be a real desire to get up to speed. Bear has been fast on a ball chase compared to other dogs, but what I saw last night was *way* faster than he has gone after a ball.

So, straightaway speed? I started here as I didn't know where else to ask, suggestions on a forum?

Anecdotally, If I saw a GSD tearing towards me doing that kind of speed, I can well understand the mortal terror they could inspire in a fugitive. Oh yeah, there just ain't no way to evade that furry rocket with the teeth hanging out!

Google says that top end sprint speed for a GSD has been clocked at between 30 and 35mph, I can well believe it.
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My brother's GSD could run 29 mph in his prime, he is 9 years old now and can run 23 mph. I don't recall the time duration at that speed.
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From Internet:

"The greyhound runs 50% faster than the fastest human, having been clocked at 39 mph. Remarkably, Greyhounds can also weigh almost 90 pounds, adding size and strength to their speed as well."
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A List: (Note that the GSD is one of the fastest!)

1.The Greyhound is the fastest Dog in the world. The top speed approaches 45 mph.

2. Whippet, top speed may approach 40 mph.


3. Saluki top speed approaching 40 mph.

4. Borzoi, AKA Russian Wolf Hound.

5. Irish Wolf Hound (HUGE DOG!)


6. The Pharaoh Hound. Despite its name, this dog comes from Malta

7. Sloughi

8. Azawakh

9. Ibizan Hound similar in looks to the Pharaoh Hound, but comes from Ibiza, Spain.

10. Borzoi

11. Doberman Pinscher

12. Rhodesian Ridgeback

13. Dalmatian.

14. German Pinscher

15. Cane Corso Mastiff (the Italian Stallion!)

16. German Shepherd

17. Wiemaraner( German Nazi dog-bird dog)

18. Boxer

19. The Belgian shepherds

20. The Great Dane (Not really Dannish, but German)
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