10-06-2012, 06:14 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Perth and Kinross, Scotland
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How much exercise can a greyhound manage?
We have recently rehomed a rescue greyhound, and are just wondering about how much exercise she would be able to manage. I know that their basic requirements are about 20 minutes, twice a day, but she seems to be a keen walker and we have taken her for an hour+ twice a day without her noticeably tiring at all.
I am a keen hillwalker, and while I wouldn't take her up a ridge or anything like that, I would love it if she could come with me on full day walks. My concern is that I have heard anecdotes about greyhounds just stopping, lying down, and refusing to go any further. Obviously if I am in the middle of nowhere, this wouldn't be ideal!
The other issue is that we live in Scotland, and it can get pretty cold out over winter, often sub-zero when you include windchill. Jess is quite an unusual greyhound in that she has a downy undercoat in addition to her normal sleek greyhound fur. Obviously we have a nice coat for her, but I'm not too sure how good it would be for her to go for a walk in snow or frost.
Just wondered if anyone had any experience/advice on this?