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Labrador Retriever / Whippet Mix

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Male

Training: N/A

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Bailey the hyper-active

By Marie4859

Rincon, Georgia, United States

Posted May 30, 2009

OK, Bailey is a black lab mix and we have come to the clusion that he is mixed with a whippet. He has a greyhound body but the head and color of a black lab. Although the greyhound would be too big therefore a whippet it must be. He is a great family dog and is primarly one of my son's. He was a little hard to train and kind of on the dumb side. It would take him learning something about two or three times as long as my other dogs. He is very sweet and very lovable but just dumb. I love him to death and would get another so don't get me wrong. He is very fast though. He chases our cats and he catches them just about every time. He does not hurt them as it is just the chase that lures him. Labs are know for being the gentle breed as he displays quite often. His ability to run fast comes from the whippet which is built for speed. They have a large chest cavity and very small waist area. I would recommend this dog but do take care to know it may take about 2 years to start to calm down. Bailey was very hyper active for the first 2 years and now at 2-1/2 has turned out to be a really great dog. I would recommend a lab-mix breed but just be patient if the learning thing does not come right away. Just have patience. It will be worth it in the long run.

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Bailey is a handsome dog!

We have a 7 month old Yellow Lab Whippet mix that seems to be incredibly smart. I taught her to bump a balloon a couple days ago with her nose and it took about five minutes for her to catch on. I've been training her and she now heels, goes to "place", sits and lies down on command - learning all very quickly. She hasn't learned to "Stay" really well yet though.

She is an absolutely delightful dog - very affectionate, eager to please, rarely barks and the only problem I need to correct is her jumping up on or at people and getting very hyper in those situations. She has been socialized well at a "day camp" for dogs where she plays will many different breeds and she's been to the dog park several times where she runs and plays full out. She seems to be totally non aggressive and loves all dogs and people. We feel very blessed that the SPCA mistakenly told us that at 10 weeks old she was a Lab/Golden mix. As she grew, it became more and more obvious that she was a Lab/Whippet mix. I never knew much about Whippets before but they are great dogs. She seems to have that "silly" streak I've read about and we love that too. They can run like crazy and then take naps for 3 to 4 hours at a time. Trulie is now up to 45 pounds so I'm thinking she's taking after the Labrador part. I expect she will end up being around 55 to 60 pounds. We are in love with her.

Reply Posted February 29, 2016 at 06:13 PM

Julie Davis

Reily is a Lab/Whippet mix. i love my dog!! I've had her since Aug/Sept of 09. She was in the street at my job, very skinny (more skinny then they already are), every bone was sticking out. So I took her in. She is now 4. Wow... where do i start??! LOL I call her my "special dog" as you refer to your Bailey as "dumb" lol i call her my retard dog... dumb isnt the word. She is the craziest dog i ever owned or met. She LOVES to run, yes they run very fast and chase anything that moves. She loves biting other dogs and honestly, putting their heads in her mouth. She barks at everything. I have been working with her ever since i got her. She knows sit, stand up, lay down, off, give paw, leave it, roll over, stay but does not and will not "drop it". She also knows what "this way" means, she will stop whatever way shes going and turn in the other direction. She knows what "wait" means. When my boyfriend says "go with mommy" she runs with me where ever im going. Shes a jumper and a biter. For the life of me i can NOT break her of that. She is very good on a leash. For the most part she can go outside without a leash to go to the bathroom and she will come back in. BUT if she sees an animal... theres nothing i can do to get her to stop running after it. She is VERY hyper!! She follows me everywhere i go. Shes very dominate over every dog she is around. I have moved a few times while i've had her and i WILL NOT get rid of her because i know people will not have the patience with her that she needs. You MUST have patience when dealing with these dogs. And i mean A LOT of patience.

Reply Posted August 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM


I have a black lab/whippet mix (or "whip-ra-dor") and even as a puppy, she is the best dog I have ever owned. Sounds like the dog above may have more of the labrador personality traits than whippet. In my experience with labs, they tend to be very high strung or hyper for the first several years and then settle down nicely into perfect family dogs. Our Minnie happens to carry more of the whippet traits. She is extremely mellow and easy going. She barks very rarely, loves children and is very gentle with them. She is a little leery of strangers but warms up to them pretty quickly. However, she does not make a very good guard dog since she doesn't really bark. She has an extremely high chase instinct and chases after our cats regularly but has never hurt them. She is very smart and has been very easy to train (I think this comes from the lab). In about two weeks time, she learned sit, stay, down, shake, leave it, and is clicker trained as well. She is extremely loyal to me as I am her primary caregiver but loves everyone. I frequently take her to our local dog parks and the girl could run all day long. She LOVES to run and play with other dogs. We plan to start lure coursing with her this spring. She was about 7 months old when we adopted her from a local shelter and has been a complete joy in this time she's been with us. With any mixed breed, I think it's a bit of a toss up what traits will dominate, but I would definitely take a gamble on this mix! :) When it's time to add to our family, we'll be looking for the same breed.

Reply Posted January 07, 2011 at 06:35 PM