How Fast Can a Cheetah Run?

Although most questions you will encounter during an IT interview are technical, some employers choose to surprise their interviewees with non-technical interview questions to observe their thinking pattern and reactions. In this article, we’re going to give an in-depth answer to how fast can a cheetah run. The cheetah, also known as Acinonyx Jubatus, is the fastest land animal and can reach 75 miles per hour when running. They can reach their top speed in just 3 seconds; nevertheless, cheetahs can only run this fast for short amounts of time.

How Fast Can a Cheetah Run Long Distances?

Even though cheetahs can reach 75 miles per hour when running in bursts, the average speed of a cheetah while hunting is around 40 miles per hour. Therefore, how fast can a cheetah run greatly depends on the distance the animal needs to cover.

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A cheetah’s tail has a lot to do with its running abilities since it helps steer and keep balance. In addition, a cheetah also uses its claws as cleats. But the most impressive trait nature gave cheetahs is the black “tear marks” underneath the eyes – specifically, from the interior corner of the eye to the exterior of the mouth. These reduce the glare from the sun and also act like sights on rifles, helping cheetahs see and aim better when attacking.

This video provides a depiction of how cheetahs can achieve these impressive speeds:

Fun Fact: Cheetahs cannot roar, but they can purr just like domestic felines do.


Although cheetahs can reach 75 miles per hour when running in short bursts, they have an average running speed of 40 miles per hour, skill which has been perfected only after millennia of evolution and natural selection.

Other recommended reads: If you are interested in more non-technical interview questions, check out our articles on the difference between a buffalo and a bison or see our clarification about the whole elk vs. moose jumble.