pros and cons of Whippet ownership
are wonderful companions. They are "house dogs" and must
have a warm, soft place to rest and sleep - most will prefer your bed.
Is a Whippet right for your family? Each Whippet is an individual, but here are a few general
points to consider:
Medium sized - around 28 - 38 pounds.
Healthy - few health problems in the breed.
Affectionate - the Whippet is a devoted companion
who will want to stay by your side and enjoy snuggling with
you on the sofa.
Active - Whippets enjoy going for walks,
playing catch or frisbee, and participating organized activities
such as lure coursing.
Intelligent - the Whippet is quick to learn
and fairly easy to train in basic obedience.
Easy to groom - short, silky coat; easy to
bathe; nails should be trimmed weekly or bi-weekly (we use
a dremel tool rather than nail clippers).
Moderate shedding and little to no "doggy odor" -
all dogs shed - the Whippet is no exception.
Active - puppies and young adults are very
active and must have several full-out exercise periods every
day, including running in a safely fenced yard, to maintain their physical and mental well-being.
Destructive - many puppies and young adults
will chew and destroy household items if allowed free rein
of your home. Fortunately, most Whippets grow out of this
behavior, but until then, "puppy-proofing" is a must.
Easily bored - Like many dogs, some Whippets
can be unhappy and bored if left alone for ten-hour workdays
(with a noon-time break, of course). A dog isolated for long
hours may bark and become distressed. This behavior may be
avoided by adding another Whippet or other pet to the family.
Two pets may be content in each other's company during work-time
Strong chase instinct - most Whippets have
strong prey drive (not surprising considering what they were
bred to do) and will chase, and sometimes capture and kill,
rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other animals, if allowed the
opportunity. Whippets may live peacefully with small pets,
including cats, if raised with them from puppyhood.
Thin-skinned - no, I don't mean "emotionally sensitive." The
Whippet is a high-speed runner, and that short, silky coat offers little protection
from scrapes or abrasions from things like a loose fence wire or dry brushwood. A small skin tear may require a trip to the vet for sutures.
Independent - the Whippet is intelligent and may choose to be
obedient when he feels like it! Most Whippets, even those who are trained in basic
obedience, should not be
off-lead (see above on chase instinct).