How fast can a Chihuahua run?

How fast can a Chihuahua run?
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The Chihuahua is one of the smallest dog breeds around making it a perfect addition to small families with children or those that don’t have a garden space in their living area, as Chihuahua’s require very little exercise given their size.

This breed is famous for its aggressive yet cute behaviour and very goofy personalities, however, they are sometimes mistaken, as Chihuahua’s can be very athletic and super fast dogs when they need to be – making them very difficult to catch!

Before you welcome a Chihuahua into your home or consider one as part of your lifestyle, you may have wondered how fast this little breed is and how long they can run for, so, in this article, we cover everything you need to know about how fast a Chihuahua can run.

How fast are Chihuahuas?

The maximum speed at which a dog can run will significantly depend on several different factors. These factors include the dog’s health, physical composition and breed. It also depends greatly on the diet of the dog and whether they have the required muscular density for being able to hit high running speeds.

The same goes for Chihuahuas, all of these factors play a role in determining the top speeds at which Chihuahuas can run.

The average Chihuahua can run up to a speed of between 8 miles per hour to 21 miles per hour. When compared to humans, this is very fast, as the average human can run up to 5.5 mph.

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The average Chihuahua can run up to a speed of between 8 miles per hour to 21 miles per hour. When compared to humans, this is very fast, as the average human can run up to 5.5 mph.
Infographic of how fast can a Chihuahua run by Miniature Friends

Now, this might not seem like a lot, but it’s actually faster than most humans. Just to put things into perspective, the average man can run up to 5.9 mph and the average woman up to 5 mph, so this little breed can certainly run and would be a nightmare to chase in the park! 

Below is a video of a Chihuahua running at high speeds on the beach, posted by BigBlu3Life on YouTube. The little fella sure can run!

What is the fastest a Chihuahua can run?

Chihuahuas have very little legs, so their maximum speed isn’t as fast as other dogs, like the Boxer, or Beagle, however, Chihuahuas can run up to a speed of 21 miles per hour.

This is still relatively fast when compared to humans, given that males, on average, run at speeds of 5.9 mph, and females, 5 mph.

So, if you are thinking of chasing your Chihuahua or competing against them in a run – you should think twice!

Do Chihuahuas enjoy running?

Chihuahuas may be small and have tiny legs, but they love to run around and release their energy, hence why you may see them have bursts of energetic episodes at home. This, however, could also be a sign that you aren’t walking them enough.

Chihuahua running
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Even though Chihuahuas enjoy running, this doesn’t mean that you can run long distances with them, or expect them to keep up with your running pace. They are very small after all. We wouldn’t suggest taking them on a run with you, as most of their running is from exploring at their own pace and releasing their energy in a fun and energetic manner.

A run around the local park or field would be sufficient and enough time for them to release their energy and do what they do best – run around and be super goofy.

Do Chihuahuas make good running partners?

Generally speaking, dog breeds that were bred to be good at hunting have the required stamina, endurance, and muscle structure to be good runners, and therefore they tend to make excellent running partners. 

Chihuahua running with someone
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Chihuahuas are not the best at running since they were not bred to hunt. They are unable to develop the required endurance to go for long runs. That’s why if you are someone who loves running and are looking for a dog to accompany you on your runs, then we suggest that you look at other breeds to welcome into your life.

The job of a Chihuahua is to welcome you when you get home, give you lots of cuddles and love, and make you laugh a tonne – not be a reliable running partner. If you are looking for a dog that is able to run with you, we suggest considering a Boxer, as they are an excellent choice for long-distance runners who like to get out and about.

Are Chihuahuas good at long-distance running?

Chihuahuas are not blessed with exceptional endurance and stamina. This means that Chihuahuas are not suitable for going on runs or long walks with their owners. Chihuahuas belong to the toy group of dogs, which means that they are meant to enjoy the indoors and do goofy things to make their owners laugh instead of running a marathon.

It’s also important to note that Chihuahuas are known to be fairly aggressive towards other dogs and despite them being very small, very barky too. They sure do like to make themselves known in public. This could cause worry for you, as they may start barking at other dogs during your running sessions, and could be a good reason for not wanting to take your Chihuahua on a run. 

How does the Chihuahua compare to the fastest dog breeds?

The average Chihuahua can run up to a speed of 21 mph but how does this compare to other breeds?

In the general scheme of things, this is relatively fast when we compare to humans, but when we compare to the fastest dog breeds in the world, they are way behind.

How fast a Chihuahua can run compared to other breeds
BreedFastest Speed
Greyhound45 mph
Saluki42 mph
Afghan Hound40mph
Vizsla40 mph
Jack Russell Terrier38 mph
Dalmatian37 mph
Whippet35 mph
Doberman Pinscher32 mph
Poodle30 mph
German Shepherd30 mph
Siberian husky28 mph
Rat terrier27 mph
Chihuahua21 mph
The running speed of a Chihuahua vs the fastest dog breeds in the world

When the running speed of a Chihuahua is compared to some of the fastest dog breeds in the world, they don’t come close, however, for a little toy breed, they are certainly fast little runners that shouldn’t be underestimated. 

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