Species group: Hound Group dogs
The American Whippet Club says the modern Whippet was developed by upper-class English dog breeders seeking to create a "Greyhound in miniature." And, indeed, if you think of the Whippet that way, you won't go far wrong in assessing its pet potential. This racy little breed needs to exercise in bursts, but it also knows how to kick back and relax. They are well-regarded as calm, affectionate companions who are also willing to be trained to compete.
Appearance / health:
The Whippet is a lean muscular dog with an athletic built giving the impression of elegance, grace, and strength. The breed is similar in appearance to a Greyhound. The skull is long and lean. The muzzle is long and powerful. The back is broad, firm, and muscular.
The Whippet requires gentle and regular grooming with soft brushes since it has a very fine coat that may damage with rough handling.
Harsh shampoo can be avoided and regular brushing of teeth is necessary.
They require daily physical activity of at least an hour or more. Play sessions, dog sports, running, and walking are some of the possible options for a Whippet owner.
Whippets are generally healthy unlike other breeds that are prone to digestive ailments, ear and skin infections, and allergies. They are, however, prone to digestive upsets if the food they eat is not of good quality.
Behavior / temperament:
Whippets are friendly with visitors and are not prone to snapping. They are not suitable guard dogs owing to their trusting and unsuspicious nature. They can excel both in speed for hunting and strength and stamina at work. They make ideal working or racing dogs.
Whippets are as easy to housebreak. Both sexes make excellent pets but males are sometimes considered to be slightly more loyal and to enjoy repetitive play. Early obedience training and socialization are required to make the Whippet an ideal pet.
The Whippet is generally a quiet dog and does not bark or howl.
great couch warmers, easy maintenance dog, great indoor dog, athletic ability, docile temperament
unfenced area, chase instinct, costly medical attention, neurotic tendencies, extreme separation anxiety
lure coursing, acrobatic turns, astounding acceleration, little grooming, physical coordination
World's Fastest Couch Potato
A whippet will suit you down to the ground if you're living in apartment or only have a small yard. They love nothing more than spending their days inside, stretched out on a lounge or snuggled under a blanket. Our whippet has calmed with age and likes to regard the house with a sort of regal air about her.
That isn't to say that she can't run, though. We trained her from a young age and so she will walk very daintily to the park. All bets are off as soon as she feels the leash disconnect, though, because she takes off on a high-speed sprint.
Whippets need their nails clipped every so often but other than that require very little in terms of grooming. If your whippet has light-coloured hair, you'll find that it does shed and it does stick with a horrendous effectiveness to your clothes. That aside, they're a very clean breed and won't leave your house smelling of dog.
In terms of anxiety, socializing them from a young age is important. We were lucky enough to introduce our whippet to a household that already had two other dogs who were extremely patient with her frenzied puppy ways. Regular walks ensured that she met other dogs while in the company of her companions and learned good habits from them. If you raise your voice in a whippet's presence, though, be prepared for the dog to vacate the room -- our whippet has slunk away more than once during a rugby league game due to the shouting.
All in all, the whippet is an affectionate dog who requires little fuss but can be highly strung. Just be wary of placing meat on your kitchen counter when you have one inside!.
From E_Spiegel Aug 23 2015 7:43PM
50/50 on Effectiveness
Not only have I used this product for my own pets, but I see it leave the clinic I work in several times a day. My thoughts are always the same. How long will it be before that pet has a positive heartworm test at their routine annual exam?
Unfortunately, some products simply do not work well. Ivermectin, the main ingredient in Heartgard is simply a product that has become ineffective against heartworms. As fleas and ticks have become resistant over the years to specific products as do mosquitos.
I have noted on several occasions, but two very recently. One instance was dogs that shared the same pen both consistently on Heartgard Plus every 30 days year around. One dog was positive and the other was negative. Another instance, two female beagle littermates. Both on a very strict schedule of Heartgard as heartworm preventative. Both dogs were heartworm positive.
My dog became heartworm positive after being on Heartgard Plus and unfortunately many of the dogs that I will test at my clinic will be positive after being on Heartgard Plus every 30 days consistently year around. I do not recommend Heartgard anymore especially to those pets who spend a lot of time outside. .
From JMalone CVT 30 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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