How Fast Can A Dog Run?

by Low Speed Wobble   December 2, 2012  

I'm tired of being chased by dogs. I've never been caught by one, but after yesterday's chase I started wondering just how fast a dog can run, and for how long they can keep going? I know how fast a cheetah runs and for how long, but I haven't been chased by one of them yet. I would feel better knowing the facts, and therefore how long I should expect to keep pedaling.

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Not too sure how fast they are, depends on breed I would imagine - greyhound quite fast I would think.

Slightly away from the speed of the dog - you haven't got a dry BB, pedal or wheel bearings have you???
Thinking

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Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 15:57

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How Fast Can A Dog Run?
A dog can run up to nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed., but the members of the greyhound family are the fastest, they can run up to 42 miles per hour.

http://www.sybilsden.com/caresheet/dogs2.htm

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posted by Gkam84 [8685 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 16:04

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Our dog back at home can follow the quad, uphill might I add, at 40km/h... and he's a fat labrador!

posted by mb429 [75 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 16:10

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surely you just need to outrun your mate, not the dog!

posted by gazza_d [183 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 16:12

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When my collie / lurcher cross was younger, he's 12 now, he could manage 30 mph for more than a mile.

He can still do a steady 15mph for a good 10 mile.

So if we're talking about outrunning a lurcher or greyhound that's a decent sustained sprint you need Smile

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posted by CycCoSi [21 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 16:45

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Maybe we need to ask Philippe Gilbert.

posted by lc1981 [47 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 17:44

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Has he got a dog? Confused

I Time Trial, that way I'm not such a danger to other cyclists!

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posted by Johnbosley [19 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 17:58

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Johnbosley wrote:
Has he got a dog? Confused

Maybe, but he had an 'incident' with one in this years Tour and a small French girl got to learn some naughty words, I'm sure.
It'll be on YouTube...

posted by pwake [280 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 19:27

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Surely she already knew the naughty words as she was French Smile

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posted by cidermart [456 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 20:18

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Ah! now found the photo, that helps the explanation for my question further up.

A riding buddy, Greg, had the very same problem - always him. If we rode without him, no problems. However, the minute he was with us the inevitable 'run to the hills' would be performed by him whilst in hot persuit was the mutt,,,,, any mutt. Even dogs on leads would pull and start barking at him, it was hilarious. We honestly thought that it must be his unwashed shorts. Surprise

However, I had his bike on the stand one day and as I turned the back wheel my two pups (photo below as they sat there - note the ears) would start cranking their heads and the smaller one would start barking - stop the wheel and the barking would stop.

I stripped the rear wheel and the bearings were 'rusty dry'. I cleaned them up and lubed them and 'voila' no more ear pricked staring and the barking stopped.

We went for our normal ride and it was quite boring as no dogs chased Greg after that - must have been some sort of noise that they could hear (and annoyed them) and we couldn't.

Food for thought.

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

staffy pups.JPG

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 22:04

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is that a two headed dog or have I been enjoying Sunday too much?

posted by musicalmarc [51 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 22:10

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@trikeman - interesting!

@gazza_d - that is indeed my current solution!

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posted by Low Speed Wobble [137 posts]
3rd December 2012 - 4:18

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There are 2 types of dog chase. Territorial and non-territorial. Territorial happen near the dog's home and the threat diminishes the further you get from their patch - so pedal harder. Non-territorial happen on common land e.g. parks and could be caused by non-audible noises coming from your bike as above. The best way to stop these is to stop yourself. The dog would probably not attack a normal pedestrian and once you reveal yourself to be one the chase should end. After millions of years of evolution dogs have had 100 years to get used to cyclists and to distinguish them from other fast-moving prey / predators. (BTW I am not now and have never been a dog owner - so this could all be (the dog's) bollocks.

posted by robert_obrien [117 posts]
3rd December 2012 - 10:35

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I doubt the two dumpy looking dogs in the pic could catch much quite honestly. Some dogs can run fast enough to catch a speeding cyclist, but not those two I doubt.

posted by Karbon Kev [667 posts]
3rd December 2012 - 10:41

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Karbon Kev wrote:
I doubt the two dumpy looking dogs in the pic could catch much quite honestly. Some dogs can run fast enough to catch a speeding cyclist, but not those two I doubt.

You obviuosly don't know staffy's.

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
3rd December 2012 - 21:39

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musicalmarc wrote:
is that a two headed dog or have I been enjoying Sunday too much?

Ha! no, not a two headed dog but two young pups at the time - I will admit they are quite close, though now they are a bit older but certainly not Zoso.

An enjoyable Sunday it must have been. Smile

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Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
3rd December 2012 - 21:55

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trikeman wrote:
Karbon Kev wrote:
I doubt the two dumpy looking dogs in the pic could catch much quite honestly. Some dogs can run fast enough to catch a speeding cyclist, but not those two I doubt.

You obviuosly don't know staffy's.

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink


Yep' chase you down and lick you to death if I know staffy's Wink

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posted by giff77 [1036 posts]
3rd December 2012 - 22:16

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Yep, lick you to death is their true spirit.
Regards,
Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
4th December 2012 - 17:44

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Dave, can you introduce voting on comments like in the Grauniad? so many good comments here that I would love to be able to say "+1".

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4th December 2012 - 23:11

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yes we can. and we will. it's part of a larger behind-the-scenes revamp that's currently going on...

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4th December 2012 - 23:19

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I like the Daily Mail's system of up & down arrows, with a couple of tweaks it could be perfect.

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6th December 2012 - 16:29

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tarquin_foxglove wrote:
I like the Daily Mail's system of up & down arrows, with a couple of tweaks it could be perfect.

You do realie the amount of abuse you have let yourself in for in admitting
A) You read the Daily Mail
B) You like something about it
Big Grin

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6th December 2012 - 18:32

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SevenHills wrote:
tarquin_foxglove wrote:
I like the Daily Mail's system of up & down arrows, with a couple of tweaks it could be perfect.

You do realie the amount of abuse you have let yourself in for in admitting
A) You read the Daily Mail
B) You like something about it
Big Grin

That and the handle the guy's opted for. Prepare to be flamed tarq Wink

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6th December 2012 - 19:51

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The Mail on Sunday pays three times more than any other paper.

LEAVEITYEAH

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8th December 2012 - 11:55

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