It has a combination of long powerful legs, a flexible spine, narrow waist, and a slim build that allows it to cover more than a body length with each stride.
The record distance for this event is held by a Malinois named Vhoebe at the 2012 Purina Challenge, where the dog managed to leap 9.57 meters (31 feet, five inches).However we do have records from sled dogs covering that distance, usually Siberian Huskies.Obviously the comparison will not be perfect since the dogs are running in a team, and they are also handicapped by the fact that they must pull a sled carrying a load that includes a human being which should result in a slower time.Stanley Coren is the author of many books including: Born to Bark, The Modern Dog, Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?The Pawprints of History, How Dogs Think, How To Speak Dog, Why We Love the Dogs We Do, What Do Dogs Know?She set the mark at 1.72 meters (68 inches), which is well below the 2.45 meters (96 inch) mark set by Javier Sotomayor in the high jump.
For the long jump we have to modify the event a bit in order to contrast the performance of dogs and humans.
In dog races a greyhound has been observed to reach a full speed of 72 kilometers per hour (45 mph) within 30 meters or six strides from the boxes, traveling in excess of 20 meters per second for the first 250 meters of a race.
The only other animal that can accelerate faster over a short distance is the cheetah.
Be assured the beating was clearly not within an 'acceptable range' of 'discipline'.
Indeed, the scene left me appalled, sick and shocked.
In fact, our humble and constant companion, the dog, may be better than we humans in a number of Olympic sports events.