How fast can a Golden Retriever run?

How fast can a Golden Retriever run?
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Golden Retrievers are sweethearts of countless dog lovers all around the globe due to their graceful look, loving personality, and playful nature. This is exactly why many dog lovers often face different questions regarding this amazing dog breed, as they are always fascinated about having a Golden Retriever.

Golden Retrievers are big, muscular and very athletic, it’s often wondered how fast this breed can run in comparison to other dogs and what can be expected from them during their best.

In this article, we’ll answer everything you need to know about the average speed of a Golden Retriever and how they compare to some of the fastest dogs and animals in the world.

What running speed can be expected from a Golden Retriever?

Golden Retrievers are very active and athletic dogs, and this clearly shows when we look at the speeds at which they are able to run.

A healthy Golden Retriever who doesn’t have any medical problems can easily hit speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

A healthy Golden Retriever who doesn’t have any medical problems can easily hit speeds of up to 30 miles per hour
Infographic of How fast a Golden Retriever can run by Miniature Friends

However, some Golden Retrievers are also reported to have reached speeds of 35 miles per hour during their sprints.

Just to put things into perspective to show how fast Golden Retrievers can be, the fastest human in history managed to hit the speed of 28 miles per hour. This is obviously far less than the top speed of Golden Retrievers. Younger members of this breed can hit speeds ranging from 20 to 25 miles per hour which is pretty impressive in itself. 

Video of a Golden Retriever running at full speed!

Below is a Go-PRO video of a Golden Retriever running at full speed by Paul Kartes on YouTube. Legend says the good old boy is still running!

Golden Retriever in a full run

Do Golden Retrievers make good running partners?

Some dog breeds are better adapted to running and therefore make good running partners, while on the other hand, some breeds such as Dachshunds are not made for running, and therefore, dog owners should not force such dog breeds to run and jog alongside them.

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 (1).

Golden Retriever
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Fortunately, Golden Retrievers are very good at running since they were bred to be good at hunting. They have 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 a Golden Retriever could be a good pick for your lifestyle.

Are Golden Retrievers good at running for long distances?

Yes, Golden Retrievers can be taken for long-distance runs, as they are blessed with exceptional endurance, muscular bodies and superior stamina, and therefore, are able to run for long distances at a time.

If your dog is well disciplined and responds well to commands, you could even try running alongside them without a lead, but only the most disciplined dogs should be trusted to do this, in areas where it’s safe to do so.

Golden Retrievers aren’t just great runners, but sensible walkers too, however, as they are larger than most other breeds, they do require a more intense exercise routine so they can let off steam – so you should always allow your dog off the lead in parks if you don’t intend on running with them.

This, added with their extremely affectionate and well-behaved nature, means that you won’t have to worry about them getting aggressive or getting in fights with other dogs during your running sessions. In fact, your Golden Retriever will cherish long walks and running sessions because this means spending more time with you.

What’s the right age for Golden Retrievers to start running at?

As a rule of thumb, we suggest waiting until your Golden Retriever is at least 12 months old before taking them on regular runs of long distances, as this is the age where you can expect their bones and muscles to be developed enough to withstand the stress and pressure of running.

Golden Retriever playing ball
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If you want a loyal and playful running partner, then you should start training your Golden Retriever while they are a pup.

Don’t attempt to force anything upon them or try and make them walk or run, as this could injure your puppy, but you should let them walk on their own and run at their own pace for small durations, this can help them get used to exercise. Over time, you can increase the time duration of each walk and run slowly.

How does the running speed of a Golden Retriever compare to other dog breeds and animals?

A Golden Retriever can run fast but when compared to some of the other fastest breeds known, they aren’t as impressive. However, despite being beaten by the likes of a Greyhound or Dalmatian, they are able to run faster than any human on earth at their best.

In comparison, a Golden Retriever are able to run faster than the following at their very best:

  • Usain Bolt – the fastest human runner to ever exist (28 mph fastest speed recorded)
  • Professional cyclist (average speed for professional cyclists on flat terrain is 25-28 mph)
  • Polar bear (has an average running speed of 25 mph)
  • Elephant (has an average running speed of 25 mph)

Let’s compare the running speed of a Golden Retriever against other fast dog 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
Golden Retriever30 mph
Rat Terrier28 mph
Dachshund20 mph
Golden Retrievers running speed compared against other dog breeds

Now let’s compare the Golden Retriever against some of the fastest animals in the world:

AnimalTop Speed
Cheetah75 mph
Mexican pronghorn55 mph
Springbok55 mph
Thomson’s gazelle50 mph
Blackbuck50 mph
American quarter horse50 mph
Wildebeest50 mph
Brown hare43 mph
Ostrich43 mph
Coyote43 mph
Moose37 mph
Lion37 mph
Kangaroo34 mph
Rhino31 mph
Golden Retriever30 mph
Running speed of a Golden Retriever compared against the fastest animals in the world

Even though Golden Retrievers are known to propel themselves to very fast running speeds, in the general scheme of things, when compared to other breeds of dogs and species of animals, they aren’t the fastest. However, if you plan on racing your dog – you should think twice!

Professional References:

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