Greyhound vs. Thoroughbred: Who Comes Out On Top?

Posted by Paige Cerulli
Greyhound races Thoroughbred horse.
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Greyhounds and thoroughbred racehorses are some of the fastest domesticated animals, but which is faster? This match race puts them to the test.

There have been some famous match races in history, but this match race just might be the most unusual one yet. Greyhounds are known for their blistering speed, and Thoroughbred racehorses are bred and trained to be some of the fastest horses on earth. But which is faster: a Thoroughbred or Greyhound? This match race puts both to the test.

Truth is, both Thoroughbreds and Greyhounds achieve about the same top speed, approximately 43 or 44 miles per hour. The caveat is that every single Thoroughbred and every single Greyhound isn't capable of reaching this top speed. We're talking about the top of the top, the fastest individuals in each species. So, the question of who is fastest gets a little cloudy.

This match race puts one Thoroughbred racehorse against one racing Greyhound. A specially designed track allows the two to race side by side. Take a look at what happens.

Greyhound vs. Thoroughbred Horse Race

The Greyhound may have been victorious in this particular race, but it doesn't mean that the Greyhound is always going to be faster than the Thoroughbred.

Factors like distance traveled, individual animal fitness and speed, and even the weight of the jockey that the horse carries could potentially affect the outcome. Don't forget that horses and dogs can have "off" days, too, so it's hard to come to a conclusion based on a single race.

But, it sure is fun to see this horse and Greyhound go head-to-head. It's amazing how fast these animals can travel!

Luckily, Greyhound racing is coming to an end in 2020. Florida racetracks will finally be shut down, and we'll need to spread the word as many of these dog tracks breed dogs for the sport. They will all need forever homes. We're very glad to see dog racing was voted to be shut down as these dogs are ready to hang up their harnesses and retire.

There are racing horses that have also been injured at a few select horse racing tracks. Read more here. 

This article was originally published August 19, 2019.

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