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Whippet Dog FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

What about whippets' temperament?

Whippets have a sweet and loving temperament but they can be stubborn and willful at times.

Whippets have a double personality.  The couch potato that became a permanent decoration to your sofa, will suddenly turn into a determined and courageous hound when hunting or coursing.

Are whippets good with cats?

Some whippets get along with cats and some don't. Read more here about mixing cats and sighthounds.

Are whippets good with children?

Whippets seem to naturally like children. They tend to be gentle and loving.

You can read more about whippets and kids clicking here.

Are whippet destructive?

When bored, most dogs will get destructive. Click here to find out how to prevent redecorating.

Should I breed my whippet dog?

I learned at my expenses that dog reproduction is better left to the those who have proper facilities to breed dogs and whelp puppies.

Dog breeding involves a lot of work, expenses and responsabilities. Read about our adventures with the hurdles of canine reproduction by clicking here.

Are whippets good apartment dogs?

If you can provide enough exercise, whippets will happily adapt to apartment living. Thanks to their short coats, they are low maintenance dogs and shed very little.

Are whippets easy to train?

Probably a whippet is not the best candidate for the world obedience title but they are very eager to please and with patience and gentle methods you can teach them almost anything.

Can whippets stay home alone?

No dog should be left alone for too long, especially whippets that are notorious velcro dogs.

If you can't take your whippet with you at work and you don't have a dog sitter, a reasonable compromise could be a dog door. Read all about the door size and the best living arrangement for your whippet.

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Traits of parents? 
I recently rescued a whippet x puppy from a rescue home. She was born in the rescue centre to a whippet mum apparently, they think the dad was a lurcher. …

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2 year old Whippet girl not neutered  
Looking for some advice, I’ve had Josie since a puppy, she lives with us in our family home with my two children and is an excitable loving girl. At home …

Whippet paws look very different from other dogs... 
My whippet puppy, 5 months, has strange-looking paws. Very thick pads, large knuckles, and the nails stick straight out, parallel to the ground. Is this …

6 month old male, whimpers at the door 
Hello - I have had my six month old male whippet since he was 8 weeks old and he is fab! He is crate and house trained beautifully, his recall is fab …

Crate Training with Anxiety 
My 2 year old whippet has separation anxiety. As soon as I leave she would have a pee accident at the door. So we started crating and going to training …

Whippet Behaviour in Outdoor Sitting Spaces 
Hello! I live in Greece, Athens, and we are searching for a whippet to join our house. The lifestyle here is very outdoors focused and I want to ask, …

Whippets and Cats 
I have an 11 year old cat, a 7 year old Keeshond/Aussie rescue and a 3 year old Belgian cross rescue. Our daughter has a 8 year old whippet who is …

Whippet Training FAQ 
I have a 13 month old whippet and he will not come back to me. This behavior is dangerous and frustrates me. I've tried treats, I've tried everything …

Whippet Exercising 
I have a 4yo in great health; she's been with me just 6 months. We have been gradually increasing our running exercise together - I'm an average-speed …

Whippet Health  
We have 2 fabulous boys but one in particular has terrible flatulence. He has a very boring diet of dried dog food and if we change the flavour the …

Whippet Grooming  
I went to the rescue shelter to get a black lab to replace the one we had lost a year ago. They brought out this beautiful little dog which was about …

Living with a Whippet 
I recently adopted a 5 month old male whippet puppy. He's a great dog, very docile, great with the kids. My plan was to leave him in a dog run with access …

Hide n Seek Not rated yet
Why does my whippet want me to find his bone? He hides milk bones all over the place and sometimes he finds it immediately and hides it again and again. …

Hunting Whippet Not rated yet
I have a male desexed 2yr old whippet who goes out to my partners farm and goes out hunting foxes, rabbits and kangaroos. When he stays in town with …

Whippets, Other Dogs and Pets Not rated yet
I have a female 3yr and she constantly mouths any dogs she meets on walks. She doesn't hurt them but if you didn't know better it looks and sounds …

Is a Whippet the Right Dog for Me? Not rated yet
I want to get a Whippet but work full time 9-5 Monday-Friday. Are they okay being alone or with another dog for that time? My roommate is also getting …

Barking Whippet Not rated yet
Our 3 year old whippet is barking at night when let out, he runs along the back fence barking. He has only started doing it this year, we are situated …

Whippet Breeding Not rated yet
My whippet came into heat every 6 months,she's had 4seasons and hasn't ad another since. She's nearly 2 and I would love to bread her..could there be …

Whippet Crate Training Not rated yet
I absolutely LOVE your whippet website. It's well written and very informative. So first of all, thank you! I have a 4 months old whippet, Filou, who …

Whippet Collars Not rated yet
What size collar would I get an 8 week old whippet pup? We'll be getting a new whippet pup soon and I want to have a collar for her before I pick her …

Whippet Puppies FAQ Not rated yet
We have a gorgeous 6 month old male, Dash, who is mouthing when he's excited and as he is in a family with 4 young children (4-12), that's quite often! …

Whippet Personality Not rated yet
Are whippet dogs known for being skittish? ANSWER: No, I wouldn't say that whippets are skittish. Some whippets may be shyer or more excitable …

Dog Car Sickness Not rated yet
My 9 months old whippet suffers of motion sickness. What can I do? ANSWER: Here is an excellent answer to your question from Karen Lee, a very …

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Whippets Nutrition Not rated yet
We have an adult spayed female whippet who is a house pet. She has normal walking exercise but not excessive physical activity (ok, she's a couch potato) …

Whippet Boy or Girl? Not rated yet
My wife and I are considering getting a Whippet puppy. One question we haven't had answered are the pros and cons of male versus female Whippets. Do …

Whippet Size Not rated yet
How large does a whippet grow to? I had a whippet at one time that picked me for her owner. She was beautiful but I don't think she was 100% Whippet. …

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