Whippets, a Good Dog to Own For a Pet or NotKeith
Whippets, do they make good or bad pets.
The Whippet is sweet-natured and docile, but playful and lively. The same dog who will curl up under the blankets will tear enthusiastically around your garden, darting and zigzagging.
Whippets love running games and require short bursts of vigorous exercise each day. The area must be fenced, for this racy breed is the fastest dog of his weight: up to 35 mph.
Whippet puppies can be mischievous and destructive, but adults are calm, undemanding, trotting around with a light-footed easy grace and seldom making a peep. They do insist on the luxury of being up on the furniture.
Polite with strangers, the Whippet should be accustomed to people and noises at an early age. He is peaceful with other dogs but has a high prey drive and should not be trusted with smaller pets.
Whippets are mildly stubborn, but also sensitive. They respond favourably only to calm, upbeat training methods that emphasize praise and food.
Sighthounds are touch-sensitive, tending to startle when touched unexpectedly or grabbed for a hug, so a verbal correction is less upsetting and distracting than a physical one.
If you want a dog who…
Looks like a medium-sized Greyhound, with a slender, elegant, racy build and a graceful, lightfooted gait
Has a sleek easy-care coat that comes in many colors
Indoors, is quiet and dignified, undemanding and unobtrusive
Outdoors, is playful and athletic and gallops with breathtaking speed
Is polite with everyone, including other dogs
A Whippet may be right for you.
If you don’t want to deal with…
Providing a safe enclosed area where he can occasionally gallop
Strong instincts to chase other living creatures that run
Fearfulness and timidity when not socialized enough
An independent “what’s in it for me?” attitude toward training
Emotional sensitivity to stress and abrupt changes in schedule
A Whippet may not be right for you.
Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding.
You can avoid some negative traits by choosing an ADULT dog from a rescue centre. With an adult dog, you can easily see what you’re getting, and plenty of adult Whippets have already proven themselves not to have negative characteristics.
If you want a puppy, you can avoid some negative traits by choosing the right breeder and the right puppy. Unfortunately, you usually can’t tell whether a puppy has inherited temperament or health problems until he grows up.