Difference between Cheetah and Panther

Key Difference: Both Cheetah and Panther are essentially wild animals. Cheetahs are tall, slender and have a smaller head in comparison to the body. Cheetahs are famous for their speed and agility. On the other hand, Panther are also tall, and they are very powerful, intelligent, and exotic animals.

Cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world. Cheetahs have been known to depend on their bursts of speed in order to hunt down victims, while leopards bank on their silent, stalking skills. A cheetah will carry its kill to a solitary hidden location to save the kill from other animals. Cheetahs can go from 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds. Cheetahs are tan in color with black spots all over their bodies. They can also be distinguished from other big cats by their smaller size, spotted coats, small heads, ears and distinctive "tear stripes" that stretch from the corner of the eye to the side of the nose.

They hunt during the day and rely on bursts of speed (up to 75mph over short distances). Unlike leopards and other big cats, they can purr while they inhale, but can't roar.

Panther or Panthera is a genus in the Felidae family that consists of the tiger, the lion, the jaguar, and the leopard as species. Though the name Panther refers to all of the members of the genius, it is most commonly assigned to the Black Panther, which is a melanistic jaguar, leopard and the Florida panther, a subspecies of cougar. Only four of the Panthera cat species have the ability to roar.

Black panthers are most commonly melanistic variations of jaguars, leopards, and very rare black tigers. Black panthers are most commonly found in southwestern China, Myanmar, Assam and Nepal, Travancore and other parts of southern India. In Jaguars, the melanism gene is dominant and black jaguars may produce either black or spotted cubs.

Comparison between Cheetah and Panther:




Scientific Name

Acinonyx jubatus

Puma concolor



















Origin of the word

Cheetah is derived from the Sanskrit word citrakāyaḥ, meaning "variegated"

Panther was derived from classical Latin panthēra, itself from the ancient Greek pánthēr, meaning "large spotted cat"


Africa and parts of Middle East

Latin America, Asia and Africa


Tall and slender, head is smaller compared to the body.

Panthers have small heads with strong jaws and emerald green eyes, and tend to have hind legs that are both larger and slightly longer than those at the front.


The short fur of the cheetah is tan with round black spots. They are single large spots resembling thumb prints.

Panther has no spots on its long body or tail, but instead has a shiny coat of dark fur.


Cheetah ranges from 35 to 65 kg

Panther ranges from 30 to 72 kg


A Cheetah cannot roar, but instead of that he uses growling and yowling.

The Panther is not only one of the largest felines in the world but it is also able to roar which is something that felines outside of this group are not able to do.


They hunt at anytime – Either on daytime or at night.

They hunt under the cover of night.


Cheetah is very fast and furious to catch his prey. They eat immediately after they kill any sized prey.

They are herbivores. Animals including Deer, Warthogs, Wild Boar, Tapir and Antelope are all hunted by Panthers, along with smaller species like Birds and Rabbits when larger prey is scarce.

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Well actually, Black Panthers do indeed have spots they are just hard to see because of there genetic trait, which makes their fur black, so black panthers do still have spots

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