Cheetah vs. Greyhound: Speed Test

Cheetah_Kruger - Photo by Mukul2u
South African cheetah. Photo by Mukul2u.

Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land mammals. Sprinting at speeds between 65 and 75 miles per hour (104 and 120 kilometers per hour), they can easily chase down fast prey. By comparison, their primary prey, springboks can only run at speeds of 55 miles per hour (89 kilometers per hour) and 55 miles per hour (88 miles per hour), respectively. Of course, all of this is goes without mentioning that cheetahs can accelerate up to 47 miles per hour (75 kilometers per hour) in two seconds!


The greyhound is the fastest dog in the world, with a peak speed of about 43 mph.


Who would win if a cheetah raced a greyhound? Watch and learn from the video below from BBC Earth:


Cheetahs in the wild will compete with a cousin of the greyhound, the African wild dog. Watch an encounter between cheetahs and wild dogs in the video below: