Speed of the Fastest Dog

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Meeting Results. Irish Greyhound Board. 28 May 2004.
Race 1
Pos. Greyhound Win Time Est Time Distance: Type
1.  OYSTER PEACE 20.50 20.50 375 yds. Flat
16.73 m/s
Greyhound. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, 2004. "Greyhounds are the fastest running of all dogs, with their long legs and lanky frames. They are commonly known for their use on the racetrack, where they can reach speeds up to 45 mph (72 km/h)." 20 m/s
Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Speed of Animals. Nature Bulletin. No. 215. (30 January 1982). "Several strains of dogs have been bred for extreme speed. The fastest of  all seems to be the saluki of Arabia, or the related Afghan hound, which  can step out at 43 mph and overtake the fastest Arabian horse. Greyhounds and whippets sometimes reach 35 or 40 mph in dog races." 17.88 m/s
Sanford, William R. The Greyhound. New York, New York. Macmillan, 1989. "A greyhound can reach 38 miles per hour in a 660 yard race." 17 m/s
Greyhound. Breeds of Dogs: A reference to the world of dogs. 2004. "When dogs became more than a means to a full cooking pot, the Greyhound excelled in coursing, and later track racing, hitting a speed of nearly 45½ mph, maintaining its reputation as the fastest dog on earth. Only the cheetah tops him for speed in the animal world." 20.3 m/s

A member of the sight hound family, the greyhound is one of the few original dog breeds and can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Tombs from the year 4,000 BC to 3500 BC, are adorned with drawings of dogs resembling the greyhound and saluki. During the latter years of the fifth and sixth century, through trade in the Near East and Europe, greyhounds made their way to England where they became a symbol of wealth. States one Welsh proverb, "You may know a gentleman by his horse, his hawk and his greyhound." Ownership by common folk was limited due to the Law of Canute of 1016 under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Originally hunters, Europeans found another use for greyhounds. from the Romans to Britain, dog racing became popular, involving greyhounds, salukis and whippets. The first coursing society was setup in Britain in 1776. In the past, most retired greyhounds were killed and while some still are, many become loyal and admired pets. A Roman, Arrian, from AD 200, described greyhound as loyal friends who jumped up to greet them at home when they were gone for even a short time. They are mild and affectionate, get along well with children and family pets, including cats. At 28-30 inches tall, 65-70 pounds, white, brown, fawn, fallow, black, gray, white, red, or blue in color, these short haired dogs range from a price of $50,000 to $80,000. Yet their dynamic character and endless talents make them worthy of the price.

Geeta Malieckal -- 2004

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