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Dog hiking weight?

August 21st, 2007, 06:30 PM
My pup (gretta 2yo abpt/rotty/mutt) loves going hiking with me, and I'm starting to do longer distance hikes. She has a little pack that I picked up at REI that I've been using to carry her leash, toys, and dry food (not usually more than a couple pounds for everything). My question- How much weight should she be able to comfortably carry? My Dad is ex-army and I grew up that your max pack weight should not be more than 20% of your overall weight (10-15% being ideal) does the same apply to my pup? She's a muscular 80#. Any advice would be helpful!

Pics (a little old, she's 2 1/2yo now)-

and for kicks and grins, here she is as a baby-

August 21st, 2007, 09:41 PM
From what I've read, the percentages are the same for dogs, up to 20%, working up to that weight. Very fit dogs might be able to carry more. Just remember to check with your vet to make sure the dog is in good health, and slowly condition and work up to heavier packs.

Here's a couple sites:

And a book ( on backpacking with dogs.

My dog has a little backpack she wears on walks sometimes, she carries the poop pick-up bags and water.

August 21st, 2007, 10:01 PM
No advice ~ just compliments. What a GORGEOUS grrrrl ! Her colouring is so rich and such a winning smile (with a healthy dollop of goofball of course !)

August 22nd, 2007, 05:25 PM
I've always been told to never ever exceed 1/3 of the dog's in shape body weight (so just because he's say, 30Lbs overweight doesnt mean he can carry an extra 10Lbs). My dog is 60Lbs though and I try to stay below 10Lbs for now. Just like with any activity though, start light and build weight slowly. Also make sure the pack is properly fitted not too high on the shoulders and not too low on the spine either especially if he is carrying heavier weights.