Categories | Dog Breeders | Whippet Breeders
If you are a dog that has the sweetest, most docile temperament and that will soon become a much loved part of the family, the Whippet may be perfect for you. Here’s what you need to know!
Characteristics of the Whippet
Appearance wise, the Whippet really does look like a smaller version of the Greyhound, with their slender, lithe bodies, and narrow face with semi-dropped ears. Whippets stand up to 47cm tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 20kg. They have a very short, close lying coat that comes in a range of colours including black, red, fawn, brindle, blue, white, or a mixture of those colours.
The Whippet Temperament
The Whippet is known for being a dog with a very agreeable temperament, making them an excellent choice for a family dog or just as a companion. They are very friendly, affectionate and easy going dogs and they are absolutely excellent with children. Whippets get along well with other animals and they are not dog aggressive at all. These dogs are not known at all for their ability as guard or watch dogs! While you may think that the Whippet is built for speed, you’d be surprised to learn that they can actually be quite lazy, loving to lounge around on your furniture.
Caring for the Whippet
As their coat is so short, the Whippet requires very little in the way of grooming. All you need to do is to give them the occasional brushing to remove loose hair and to bathe them as needed. The Whippet does require daily exercise but this can be as little as a half hour walk each day to keep them fit and healthy. However, they will appreciate being allowed off leash in a safe area so that they can really have a good run and stretch their legs. The Whippet can live for up to 14 years or so but they have been known to live longer with a good diet and plenty of TLC.
Who is the Whippet Suited To?
The Whippet is suited to just about any owner – families, the elderly, single people, and so on. You can keep them either indoors or outdoors as you wish. As the Whippet is a true companion dog, it is recommended that they are not left alone for long periods of time, so they may not be suitable if you are travelling or away from the home a lot.
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