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Life Span
12 - 15 years
25 - 35 pounds

Friendly, Affectionate, Lively, Gentle, Intelligent, Quiet

Bred For
Coursing, racing
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Whippet good with children?

    Yes! The Whippet is naturally friendly with children. As always, socialization is always important, but the Whippet is an excellent dog for anyone with small children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Whippet friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Whippet is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Whippet is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Whippet friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Whippet is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Whippet is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Whippet like to cuddle?

    The Whippet likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.

    Does the Whippet like to play?

    The Whippet will almost always be ready for play! The Whippet is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Whippet make a good service dog?

    The Whippet is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Whippet good for first-time owners?

    The Whippet would not be the best fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and is motivated to please its owner.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Whippet be trained?

    The Whippet does not have high levels of training potential. There are exceptions, but the Whippet is not typically seen in competitions or as a service dog or police dog.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Whippet shed a lot?

    The Whippet does shed, but less than average.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Whippet easy to groom?

    The Whippet requires some grooming, but less than the average dog breed. Typically you will not need to take the Whippet to the pet salon, and occasional combing at home should be enough.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Whippet need a lot of exercise?

    The Whippet requires an average amount of exercise. You should be ready to dedicate a couple of short walks or a larger dog park session each day for your Whippet to be happy and fulfilled.

    How smart is the Whippet?

    The Whippet has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Whippet bark? Does the Whippet bark too much?

    The Whippet barks all the time. They are big talkers, and want to show it! In general, barking and being expressive can be beneficial, such as for guarding property or livestock. But it is important to consider whether heavy barking suites your lifestyle.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Whippet a good guard dog?

    The Whippet is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Whippet is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Whippet good at staying alone? Is the Whippet independent?

    The Whippet does not enjoy being left alone for extended periods. They can do well for a couple of hours alone, but may have anxiety for time beyond that.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Whippet a good apartment dog?

    The Whippet is not the best dog apartment living, but it can work if the owner is dedicated to exercising and training their Whippet

    How big is the Whippet?

    The Whippet is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Whippet tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Whippet?

    The Whippet can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Whippet tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Whippet?

    The Whippet can tolerate some cold, but should not be over-exposed to cold weather. In general, they can live in cold weather climates, but may need clothing on particularly cold evenings or in snow.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Whippet try to run away?

    The Whippet has huge wanderlust, meaning that it's natural for them to want to run away. They are known as escape artists. It's important to test your yard and have a tall fence that cannot be jumped or climbed over. Sometimes the Whippet is not well suited for being off-leash, even if they are well trained.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Whippet a healthy dog? The health of a Whippet should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Whippet is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Whippet?

    The Whippet has a good amount of energy and it's important to give the Whippet daily walks and ideally run time as well. A well-exercised dog is easier to train, and will be happier and have less likelihood for destructive habits.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Whippet drool?

    The Whippet drools a decent amount, especially if that irresistible food is nearby.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Whippet have a large prey drive? Does the Whippet like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Whippet has a high prey drive and has a natural tendency to chase after any small animal. Every case is unique, but the Whippet may not be the best dog for living with other cats or small animals.

    Is the Whippet atheltic?

    The Whippet is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
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The Whippet is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Hound dog breed group.
Hound group: The hound has traditionally been used alongside hunters to track or chase prey. Unlike retrievers who are bred primarily to retrieve and bring back the prey, hounds were typically bred to have excellent vision, scent, or speed to pursue the prey. Because of the Hound's excellent vision, scent, and focus, they are a common police and secret services dog. Hounds are typically categorized into either "scent hounds" or "sight hounds". Both exercise and mental stimulation is important for hounds because of their history. They want to feel they have a "job" and want to go to bed feeling they have done their day's duty.

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