Many people are unaware of the speed limit that applies to their dog. It is important to know how fast your dog can run, because you will be liable for any damage they cause.
The speed a dog can run is determined by its breed, size and power. Large dogs have been known to reach speeds of up to 55 kilometres per hour, whereas small breeds barely reach half the speed at 28 kilometres per hour. Medium-sized pets such as Labradors or Beagles top out at around 37 kilometres per hour. The dogs with more power and muscle tend to be faster than those with less power like pugs or dachshunds who top out at around 16 kilometres per hour.
To be safe, you should have your dog on a leash and a harness if it is capable of sprinting. According to the Animal Welfare Act, no dog should be able to run at their full speed for more than three seconds, and they should not be allowed to run off leash. Dog owners with dogs that run at high speeds can face prosecution for having a dog dangerously out of control, which can lead to large fines and even incarceration.
The best way to find out how fast your pet can run is by taking them for a walk with you where they will naturally slow down once you put on the harness. Walk them at a pace they are comfortable with, without straining. It will give you a good idea of their maximum speed, and if they have any special training you can match it to the harness you put on them for future walks.
If your dog is quite fast and does not respond to your command to stop, then they may be considered out of control. Following this, you may need to apply the brakes and slow them down by adding additional weight such as using a backpack or even putting a leash around their waist. With these adjustments they should be able to walk with you normally without any issue.
It’s important to remember that if your dog runs around the neighborhood without a leash, it can also come off and start chasing people. If this does happen, notify the police immediately to have them report the incident so they can take appropriate action.
It is also recommended to keep an eye on your dog while you’re outside, especially if they are outside for an extended period of time. While the faster dogs typically keep running for only a minute or less, some may actually run around the neighborhood for up to 30 minutes before coming back home or heading somewhere else. This means that when your dog runs away, you must call the police as soon as possible to alert them of their whereabouts so they can get back home safely.
The following are the speeds of different dog breeds:
Boxer: 32.0 km/h
Pit bull: 32.0 km/h
Beagle: 27.4 km/h
Saint Bernard: 27.0 km/h
Greyhound: 25.0 km/h
German shepherd: 23.8 km/h
American pit bull terrier: 23.0 km/h
Labrador retriever: 23.0 km/h – 25.0 km/h (depending on sex)
Dachshund: 21.0 km/h
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