How fast can a Bulldog run?

How fast can a Bulldog run?
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If you have ever played with a Bulldog, you will know for sure that they can run, but how fast can a Bulldog run? What speed can we expect from this breed and can they outrun humans? These are some questions that are usually on our minds when we think about a Bulldog’s running speed.

Therefore, in this article, we will cover everything you need to know about how fast a Bulldog can run and what should be expected from this breed when exercising. We’ll also go into the nitty-gritty detail about how fast they really are and how they compare to other dog breeds, animals and humans.

So, let’s get started.

How fast can the average Bulldog run?

A Bulldog has an average running speed of 15 miles per hour. To be more precise, they can run at around 14.9 mph or 23.9 km per hour.

A Bulldog has an average running speed of 15 miles per hour. To be more precise , they can run at around 14.9 mph or 23.9 km per hour.
Infographic of How fast a Bulldog can run by Miniature Friends

Considering the above speed, we can safely say that Bulldogs are relatively fast despite their small stature, so they shouldn’t be underestimated or judged.

How fast can a French Bulldog run?

When talking about a French Bulldogs’ speed, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they are a cut above their counterparts — English and American Bulldogs. 

An average French Bulldog can run as fast as 17 miles per hour or roughly 27.3 km per hour, so generally speaking, this breed is a quick one and will certainly be able to keep up with other smaller breeds, like a Dachshund or Chihuahua

Watch the video below from YouTuber ViralHog of a French Bulldog running at high speed downhill in the snow, this helps put into perspective how fast they really are! Even in the toughest of conditions.

Can a human outrun a Bulldog?

Both the speed of humans and animals has been a topic of debate for quite some time. However, an average Bulldog can run as fast as 15mph, the running speed of an average man is recorded to be around only 5-6 miles per hour.

Therefore, we can say that Bulldogs can easily outrun humans and very easily win in a chase game on the beach, or in a field.

If you are currently an owner of a Bulldog, it’s worth keeping this speed in mind when letting them off the lead in an open field or beach, as it could be a pain to get them back on the lead if you were to lose control of them. Good luck catching them!

What is the top running speed recorded by a Bulldog?

The fastest speed that a Bulldog has ever reached is the hallmark of 27 mph or 43.4 kph in October 2020. It was achieved by none other than Winston Bolt — a French Bulldog. 

Aiming to pulverise the record of 24.7 mph, the Frenchie ends up setting up a massive speed record of 27 mph on its own – very impressive and could be fast enough to keep up with the likes of a German Shepherd and Golden Retriever.

Can I go running with my Bulldog?

As Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed, as well as French Bulldogs, Boxers, Boston Terriers and Pugs, we don’t recommend that you run long distances with this breed. Even though Bulldogs can run very fast and reach high speeds, this doesn’t mean that you should be actively running with this breed.

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome is an upper airway abnormality that affects a range of dog breeds, including Bulldogs, and those impacted by the syndrome have skulls that are shortened in length and this gives them a smushed looking face. The consequence of having a skull that’s shortened in length will mean that the soft tissue structures are altered, and this will cause physical problems for the dog, including breathing struggles, so they shouldn’t ever be put in a scenario where they are gasping for air from being over-exercised.

Due to this, we recommend only running short distances with your Bulldog and to keep a close eye on them during your run. If they show any signs of struggle or difficulty breathing, you will need to let them take a break. If you are looking for a dog breed that can actively run long distances with you, then a Bulldog might not be the breed for you.

Is running bad for Bulldogs? 

Bulldogs are a very energetic breed who wouldn’t mind a walk outside, however, excessive running or jogging can be very uncomfortable for this breed and despite their fast running speeds, shouldn’t be taken for a run very often.

Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed, meaning that they struggle to breath normally like other dogs, due to their short noses and smushed faces, and this can result in difficulty breathing. You shouldn’t ever over-exercise your Bulldog to the point where they feel uncomfortable or push their limits, as they are at a greater risk of developing health complications than other breeds of dog.

If you notice that your Bulldog is struggling or are gasping for air, you should stop exercising immediately and let them take a break. Even better, take them home and let them rest. If you are someone that enjoys running and are looking for a dog to run alongside you, Bulldogs aren’t the breed for you.

Can you over exercise a Bulldog?

Yes, you can over exercise a Bulldog so you need to be careful. Elbow, hip dysplasia, as well as many other joint problems can emerge in Bulldogs that excessively run or jog. Any disease will undoubtedly impact the quality of your Bulldog’s life and can cause pain, so it’s always wise to know first hand whether your Bulldog is suffering from joint issues, because running will only make it worse.

Running while they have problems with their joints will only exacerbate the issue and cause further complications, so it’s always wise to take your Bulldog to a veterinarian for a check up if you suspect any problems.

How often should you exercise a Bulldog?

Like every other dog breed, Bulldogs require exercise and training to release their energy. However, veterinarians recommend no more than 40 minutes of a daily walk or training for a Bulldog.

Anything past this threshold would be harmful to their health since, being brachycephalic, Bulldogs are more prone to breathing issues.

Excessive panting signifies that your bulldog is overheating and needs immediate rest and shouldn’t be ignored. 

How does the running speed of a Bulldog compare to other dog breeds?

An average Bulldog can run up to a speed of 15 mph, but how does this compare to other dog breeds? Well, we go into the detail below by comparing the running speed of a Bulldog against some of the other faster breeds.

BreedFastest Speed
Greyhound45 mph
Saluki33-40 mph
Afghan Hound34-40 mph
Vizsla40 mph
Jack Russell Terrier38 mph
Dalmatian37 mph
Whippet35 mph
Doberman Pinscher31 mph
Poodle30 mph
German Shepherd30 mph
Siberian Husky28 mph
Rat Terrier28 mph
Bulldog15 mph

Our conclusion to how fast can a Bulldog run

Despite their small stature, Bulldogs are very fast and they shouldn’t be underestimated, however, when compared to other breeds of dogs, like the Poodle and Whippet, they seem rather slow – but much faster when compared to humans, so you shouldn’t ever expect to be able to chase a Bulldog when they are running at their fastest!

Even though Bulldogs can reach impressive running speeds, they are a brachycephalic breed, so you should take it steady when exercising them and don’t ever force them to run or jog. If you’re someone that’s looking for a running partner, we suggest looking into another breed, as Bulldogs are certainly not made for running long distances due to their breathing difficulties.

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