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Whippet

 

General Description:

Sighthounds are not for everyone; they are unique hounds, almost cat-like in demeanor. They love both active & lazy lifestyles, as long as they are in your company. They are far more sensitive and passive than other breeds of dog & do not respond to harsh training methods or treatment. They are not to be trusted off leash, unless in a secured yard. If you are not familiar with the breed, reading, research & interaction is strongly encouraged prior to bringing one into your home.

 

Size:

25-40 lbs/ 17-23 inches at the shoulder.

 

Color:

Any color or combination of colors & Brindle.

 

Energy Level:

Moderate

 

Life expectancy:

Average longevity is between 12 to 15 years.

 

Children:

Most are good with well-behaved or older children.

 

Other animals:

Good with other animals (Occasionally not cat or small animal safe).

 

Abilities:

Lure coursing, showing, Companionship.

 

Shedding/Grooming:

Medium shedding, brush once per week, bathe as needed.

 

Health:

Periodontal Disease, Anesthesia Sensitivity, Skin can tear easier than other breeds.

 

Best with:

Completely fenced yard (at least 5 ft,) leashed if not in yard, mature owners & family with some Sighthound experience a plus.

 

Not for:

Outside living, or insensitive treatment.

 

Pros:

Smart, Easy going, beautiful, quiet, Hypoallergenic for some people with allergies to other breeds, No dog odor.

 

Cons:

Can sometimes be unsafe with livestock and small pets. Sighthounds can sometimes be aloof or timid. They are absolutely not suited for outdoor living and cannot be trusted off leash.

 

Further Information:

Breed Details

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