The Whippet is a sleek, beautifully statuesque, and athletic breed. These “mini Greyhounds” have become increasingly popular, and with their friendly nature, manageable size and easy grooming, it is easy to see why.
Loving a mad dash around the park, they also don’t mind snoozing the day away, and aren’t a yappy or barky breed. Wondering whether a Whippet is the dog for you? Here’s your StyleTails guide to all the pros, and cons, of owning one.
Whippets are gentle and affectionate with an even disposition, making them a great choice for families, as they enjoy being around children and other dogs. Some Whippets can be quite sensitive whilst others are more outgoing, but they all tend to enjoy being part of a pack and will want to be with you most of the time.
Even though Whippets are fairly easy to train, their muscular build makes them excellent jumpers and runners, and they will chase anything small and furry given half a chance. So if you have bunnies or hamsters, you may want to think twice about bringing a Whippet into your home! However, Whippet puppies raised with other pets can coexist peacefully, but instinct is a powerful thing, so it’s essential to keep them separated when you’re not around to supervise.
Whippets are considered small dogs, measuring more or less 47 cm tall and weighing around 13kg – so big enough to be fairly robust but still a good size should you need to scoop them up to carry.
Despite their athletic frame Whippet’s do not require as much exercise as you may think. About an hour’s run around per day will be sufficient for most Whippets. Being a hound, Whippets will tend to tear around like crazy in the park for short bursts and then crash out on the sofa for the rest of the day for a good snooze.
Though they love to run and are prone to unprompted laps around the house or yard, you don’t need to be a runner yourself to raise this breed. They are fine city dogs, as long as they are allowed to get to a park for regular sprints. Other than that, regular walking will keep the Whippet happy and healthy.
Their size and quiet natures makes them suitable for living in apartments, but there should be enough room to accommodate a good play and dash around. As such, they are suited to both city and country living and will generally adapt well to both.
Whippets are one of the easiest breeds to groom; give them a once over with a rubber hound mitt and they’re good to go! Baths are rarely necessary (unless they have rolled in something stinky!), and although they don’t shed as heavily as other breeds, you’ll still want to keep a lint roller on hand.
Whippets are generally a healthy breed, though as with any dog, there are a few things to look our for. Some of the conditions known to Whippets include Progressive retinal atrophy – gradual deterioration of the retina of the eye, Hypothyroidism – a condition in which there’s a decrease in thyroid hormone production, Cushing’s syndrome (Hyperadrenocorticism) – hormonal disorder which results in the production off too much cortisol and Cervical disc disease – an extremely painful condition in which a disc ruptures in the neck. For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA’s website.
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