The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth, but the greyhound would leave it in the dust in a long-distance race. Cheetahs run for short sprints to catch prey, and are better than greyhounds at increasing the frequency of their stride to reach high speeds. Both animals run in similar styles, however, employing what's called a double-suspension gallop. This gait means that there are two points per stride during which all four feet are off the ground.
Key Facts In This Video
Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on Earth. 00:22
See slow-motion footage of a running greyhound: 01:45
Cheetahs are better than greyhounds at increasing the frequency of their strides. 03:54
Written by Curiosity Staff October 1, 2014
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