How Fast Can a French Bulldog Run? We Tracked with Radar & GPS!


how fast can a french bulldog run

Have you ever wondered how fast a French Bulldog can run and what their top speed would be? My son and I had this discussion the other day so decided the best way to find out was to do a speed test at our local park using a few different methods.

You can see the short answer to the speed of a French Bulldog below, followed by our video showing how we figured it all out.

How fast can a French Bulldog run? French Bulldogs can run as fast as 17 mph. This top speed was achieved by Claude the Frenchie in the UK on the 13th of August 2019 using GPS and radar speed tracking. 

French Bulldog’s top speed tracked with GPS and radar

In the video here you can see exactly how we tracked a French Bulldog’s top speed of 17 miles per hour. We used two different methods; a GPS sports watch and a sports radar machine.

Watch the video experiment below!

Speed test 1: Garmin 735XT GPS sports watch

You can’t go wrong with Garmin GPS sports watches. They have a great reputation. But how well do they track the speed of a French Bulldog and will it let us understand how fast our Frenchie runs? 

We strapped the Garmin to Claude’s collar at the start of the speed test and then threw a stick for him to chase at the park. (You can get the same watch on Amazon)

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The fastest French Bulldog in the world? Perhaps… and we tracked how fast our Frenchie is using a GPS sports watch first.

We conducted this experiment a few times over a couple of days – we didn’t want to wear Claude out. The quickest pace our Frenchie reached (according to Garmin GPS) was 22.9 kilometres per hour. That converts to 14.2 miles per hour.

Was it accurate though?

frenchie top speed on garmin connect
Here’s a screenshot from Garmin Connect which shows Claude’s maximum speed in km/h.

I am not convinced to be honest, as Garmin themselves say that the speed accuracy can be compromised if the GPS doesn’t have a clear view of the sky.

When Claude was running with the GPS watch strapped to his collar, it was bouncing around a lot, and sometimes would re-position to hang under his head.

Speed test 2: Sports speed radar

Our next test was using a sports radar machine (view them on Amazon). Again, how accurate these things are is open to interpretation – and let’s be honest, they aren’t designed for tracking how fast a French Bulldog (or any dog for that matter) can run.

It was fun though!

We set the radar up on the ground and tested my son running past it first. Once we were certain it was registering a speed it was time to test it out with our dog.

On the first few attempts we threw a stick past it to see how fast it said our Frenchie was going.

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What is the speed of a French Bulldog? We used radar and registered 17 mph on one of our tests.

As you can see in the video above, we weren’t sure if it was tracking the speed of the stick or the speed of the dog.

What we then tried to do was throw the stick high and behind the radar to eliminate that issue. We didn’t have a lot of success with Claude though as he kept running behind the radar rather then keeping on track.

We then figured out that if we pretended to throw a stick, we could eliminate any risk of the stick triggering the speed radar readings.

After running these tests we found that the top speed for our French Bulldog was registered at 17 miles per hour on two occasions.

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In this still from our video experiment you can see where Claude the Frenchie reached 17 miles per hour!

How fast can your Frenchie run?

We would love to hear from other Frenchie owners who have performed similar tests. It’s all in the name of fun!

If you are going to try it, please respond to our YouTube video and tell us what speed times you tracked in the comments, and then post your own video evidence.

What we will then do is update this blog post with a league table of the fastest French Bulldogs in the world, so please leave your dog’s name, location, and top speed.

We’ve started the ranking table below.

French Bulldog top speed rankings

Frenchie NameAgeGenderLocationDateTop Speed
Claude3 yearsMaleUK13th of August 201917 mph
Lola8 monthsFemaleUK20th August 201912 mph

So far we don’t have any challengers, so we have to assume that Claude is the fastest French Bulldog in the world… unless you can tell us differently and offer proof!

Be Careful: French Bulldogs do not cope very well with overly strenuous activities. If you are going to perform a similar test, please do over-exert them, and only do this for 10 minutes. We spread our tests over a few days, and you should too!

How does Claude’s top speed compare to other dog breeds?

Whilst 17 miles per hour might sound very fast, it’s not when compared to other dog breeds. Below you can see top speeds of some popular breeds that I found on the Internet for comparison purposes:

  • German Shepherd: 30 miles per hour
  • Poodle: 30 miles per hour
  • Border Collie: 30 miles per hour
  • Doberman Pinscher: 32 miles per hour
  • Whippet: 34 miles per hour
  • Dalmatian: 37 miles per hour
  • Jack Russell Terrier: 38 miles per hour
  • Afghan Hound: 40 miles per hour
  • Greyhound: 45 miles per hour

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our tests to find out how fast French Bulldogs can run. It wasn’t the most scientific of experiments, but we do believe it’s the first test of its kind ever done before. We would love to hear from you if you have done a similar speed test, so please head over to YouTube and leave a comment so we can compare your scores.

We will then update the Frenchie top speed league table above with your dog’s record… who will beat Claude’s (unofficial) world record? Only time will tell.

As it stands, he is the (unofficial) world record holder as is the fastest French Bulldog in the world… we reckon!

Marc Aaron

We are the proud parents of Claude the French Bulldog. This is our website where we share everything we've learned about Frenchies and the adventures we've had.

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