Exercising Your GreyhoundGood Exercises For Your Greyhound

This very ancient breed is the fastest dog in the world and can reach speeds of over 40 miles per hour (65 km/h). The Greyhound can be traced back at least 5,000 years to breeds in Egypt and Greece, and are thought to be brought to England by traders before 900 AD. It was popular among nobles especially and over time was developed as a coursing and racing dog. The greyhound has a strong prey drive for rabbit and hare, however, it has also been used to hunt stag, deer, fox and wild boar.

Breed Type

Sighthound and Pariah

Physical Characteristics

  • tall, slender, powerful, narrow, built for speed
  • legs are long with the front legs being perfectly straight
  • short, fine coat comes in all colors
  • sensitive to cold


  • devoted, playful, affectionate
  • laid-back but intelligent and need a firm owner
  • gentle and even-tempered even with children
  • low to moderate energy level: loves to run outside, and lay on the couch at home

Best Exercises

  • Jogging and running
  • Brisk walks
  • Chasing games especially with a lure in an enclosed area.
  • Fetching games in an enclosed area
  • Bicycling and rollerblading – this dog tends to do well around others
  • Not rough-housing. This is a laid-back breed.
  • Off leash not a good idea. This dog likes to chase game, especially rabbits, and are fast and can run a long distance.

Suggested Exercise Plan

This dog has a reputation of a runner and does need some high activity, but this is not an active breed at all. It likes to lay around (racing dogs are used to being crated for much of the day) but does like to have opportunities for sprinting or high-energy brief activities.

  • Give this dog a brisk walk 30 – 40 minutes every day.
  • Fetching or chasing games weekly.

Things To Note

Indoors, these dogs are calm and sociable to a point where they can even be considered lazy, but regular exercise is still an important part of its good health. This breed is prone to bloating, so 2 or 3 small meals through the day are better rather than one large one. They are also sensitive to drugs, including insecticides.