Whippets are a loving, gentle breed with lots of energy. Make sure they have the opportunity to run around, but watch these lightning-fast dogs carefully or they’ll run off after small prey. They enjoy spending time with the family and will be happiest in calm, loving environments as they can sense the tension and are easily upset by it.
Male: Average 34 lbs. Female: Average 29 lbs.
Whippets will be happy with a good walk every day, but they also need the opportunity to run several times a week. A fenced in yard where they can let off some steam–without running off–will help them get the exercise they need. You’ll need to be careful that they won’t bolt in an open, off-leash dog park.
These dogs are fairly low maintenance when it comes to mess. They shed minimally, so flying hairballs won’t be a problem. However, Whippets are often difficult to housebreak, so be prepared for some accidents in the house.
Barking and Volume:
Whippets are not known for being problem barkers.
Whippets can have a stubborn attitude towards training, so you’ll have to be persistent. But always use gentle, positive training methods, because they are very sensitive and won’t respond well to harsh training. A puppy class is recommended.
Health Factors: The breed is susceptible to von Willebrand’s Disease (a blood disorder), eye diseases, deafness and anesthesia sensitivity. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
With bi-monthly brushing to keep their short, low-maintenance coats shiny and a bath when they roll in something messy, your Whippet will be good to go.
This breed will get along quite well with children. They’re gentle and will be better off with older children who won’t poke and pull at them too much.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Whippets will happily get along with other dogs. However, they have strong hunting instincts towards smaller animals, so always keep them supervised around smaller pets such as cats and rabbits. Also, keep them leashed during walks or they’re likely to take off after a squirrel. They can be socialized towards other household pets if you start from an early age, but you’ll need to watch them nonetheless.
Friendliness: Towards People
This breed is affectionate and enjoys snuggling up at the end of a long day. They’re fairly good with strangers, but they prefer calm environments and may take a few minutes to warm up to new people and situations.
BE PREPARED FOR: A dog with a persistent hunting instinct who will happily snuggle up to you at home.