Animal heart rates
In our community, we have veterinary professionals that work not only in a small animal practice but also with large, exotic, and wild animals.
We wanted to make a useful infographic that can be a quick and enjoyable reference to remember or study different animal heart rates and fun facts!
- The heart rate of hummingbirds is 1000 bpm (beats per minute)
- Heart weight: 0.0035 lbs
- Female hummingbirds lay, on average, two eggs. These eggs can have the size of a coffee bean!
- Hummingbirds have fewer feathers than any other bird species (1,000 to 1,500 feathers) due to their size.
- The heart rate of a pigmy shrew is 1300 bpm. This heart rate may vary between species.
- The Etruscan shrew (average weight of 1.8 grams) is the lightest mammal on earth.
- Heart weight: 0.001056 lbs
- They eat three times their weight per day to maintain their metabolism
- The heart rate of the world’s fastest land animal is 120-170 beats per minute while they are resting, 200-250 bpm when they are running.
- They can run with a speed of 120 km/h
- Female cheetahs are solitary, but that changes when they are caring for their cubs.
- Giraffes have a heart rate of 150 bpm
- Their heart weights: 11kg / 25 lbs
- Giraffes have multiple valves in their necks and the highest blood pressure among mammals – 280/180 mm Hg
- The heart rate of elephants is 30 bpm
- Their heart weights: 12-21 kg / 26.5-46.3 lbs
- The lifespan of an elephant in the wild is 70 years.
- The blue whale is the largest animal of all time!
- Blue whales have a heart rate of 8-10 bpm
- Their heart weights: 180kg / 400 lbs
- How big is a blue whale’s heart? It is approximately 5 feet long and tall and 4 feet wide.
- A normal cat heart rate is 140-220 bpm
- Their heart weights: about 20 grams
- An average cat respiratory rate is 16 to 30 breaths per minute
- A normal dog’s pulse is 60-140 bpm depending on age, breed and size.
- Puppies can have a heart rate of 160-220 bpm
- A normal dog respiratory rate while resting is 10-35 breaths per minute
- The heart rate of rabbits is 120-150 bpm
- Their heart weights: 3.2-10.18 grams
- A pet rabbit can live up to 12 years or more depending on the breed
- The pulse of a cow is 48-84 bpm
- Their heart weights: 2.2 kg / 5 lbs
- Cows have 32 teeth
- The gestation period of a cow is 283 days on average
- A normal pulse rate of a sheep is 70-80 bpm
- A sheeps’ heart weights: 147 grams
- There are around 600 breeds of domestic sheep in the US
- The heart rate of a pig is 60-100 bpm
- Their heart weights: 302 grams
- The gestation period of a sow is 114 days
- The normal heart rate of a horse is 32-36 bpm
- Their heart weights: 6.4 kg / 14 lbs
- One of the most common equine diseases is Equine Influenza
Does every animal have a heart or circulatory system?
No, creatures such as jellyfish do not have a heart.
Here is an infographic of the animal heart rates.