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Any whippet owners out there?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by rachel001, Jun 3, 2010.


  1. rachel001

    rachel001 PetForums Member

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    Hi,

    Myself and my OH are thinking of adopting a whippet this time next year and are doing our research nice and early! I just wanted to know what they are like as pets etc and any advice owners have that will help us.

    We haven't ever had a dog before so this is all going to be new for us so all advice is welcome!

    Are whippets ok to be left for a couple of hours at a time? We both work but come home for lunch so max it will be left is 4 hours.

    Thanks
     
  2. rona

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    There are several here, they just have to see your thread ;)
    I'm sure you will get a lot of help when they do :)
     
  3. Callia

    Callia PetForums Member

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    I am the very proud owner of my second whippet and soon my third will be arriving !!! :D
    They are truly a fabulous breed, very affectionate/loving and excellent around even tiny children, they are particularly clean dogs and my girl will even sit and clean her feet when she comes in if they are dirty :D, always ready for a game or good walk but mostly calm indoors. They can be quite naughty as puppies but in a funny way, stealing things and running around like loonies but that is all part of their charm I think.
    I have found mine great with other dogs and they are more then happy to play with big or small. My current girl is fabulous with all the animals here and will happily go out into the paddock with the chickens and ducks with no problems at all.
    I imagine provided you exercise your whippet with a good run, etc then there would be no reason why he/she couldn't be left alone to sleep for a few hours ;)
     
  4. Freyja

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    I have 8 whippets.:thumbup:

    Whippets as pups can be very naughty they love to shred things and to chew. Obviously mine are worse because they live as a pack and especially the young ones tend to wind each other up. Mine range in ages from the twins who are 2 years old to the old boy Jasper who is now 10 and was our very first whippet.

    There is nothing that they love more than to sit with you for a cuddle at night. I find the dogs are more loving than the bitches. My 4 boys 3 entire and 1 castrated are very laid back were as the girls can be independant. I have 3 generations of one family mum daughter and a grandaughter out of a different daughter. They are great with children my mum has a whippet I bred and she is a child minder and says she has never had a better dog with the kids.

    They love to run and although people say they should not be allowed to free run they can be taught recall but they do a a prey drive so be carefull were you let one run. They can be trained but are stong willed and can be stubborn. If you want a whippet as just a pet and are not interested in racing or lur coursing with one I would reccomend a show bred whippet as they do tend to be a bit calmer.

    They require very little grooming just a quick brush with a soft brush but becauseof their very short coat do need a coat in the winter when it is very cold.

    One last thing whippets are very addictive people start out with one but often end up with 2 or even 3 and some like me end up with more:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Whippets are great little family dogs.
     
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    I'm a proud new owner of a 7 month old whippet lurcher (3/4 Whippet x 1/4 bedlington) he's very whippet like in looks and behaviour....he's NAUGHTY,NAUGHTY,NAUGHTY but and it's a very big but, he's funny, sweet, loving, cheeky, extreamly clever, very quick to learn, desperate to please and all round one of the nicest naughty dogs I've ever met!!! He loves collecting things, my garden looks like a bomb site every time I come home, but he doesn't chew just collects!!! He likes toilet rolls and newspaper to chew though, and yesterday managed to get hold of some firelighters which was nice and messy and smelly!!!! :rolleyes:

    He's extreamly affectionate with my other dogs and loves attention from people too. He's so far been extreamly good with any kids we've met and the only problem I've discovered is he's not good with sheep but I can work on that. His recall training and returning the ball has been amazingly easy to teach and I can honestly say I'm converted to whippets now!!:thumbup:

    I exercise all my dogs twice a day, they get an hour in the morning and hour in the evening both off lead, obviously as I have a pack of 6 dogs they are happier when left but Norris does like his sleeps so I guess most whippets would be fine left once exercised.
     
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    One of my fav breeds! I do miss Mathew my Whippet pup bu sadly had to give him back to the breeder coz my cats were too scared of him.:(
    He was a perfect puppy, no trouble at all. They do seem to think they are lap dogs though and love company so Im not sure they would be totally happy with someone who was out 8-9hrs day?:(
     
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    A friend of mine has 3. She works full time and her husband works shifts.

    Hers sleep all day on the couch and then get taken for major walks early morning and evening.

    I'm a great believer that if your dog is walked, excercised and you spend quality time with it in the evenings and weekends, there is no reason why they cannot be left alone for few hours a day, especially if you are going to be popping back at lunch.
     
  9. rachel001

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    Thanks for the replies so far.

    We are still undecided about whether a whippet or a dog at all is right for us. I am more keen but my other half isnt sure yet. I would prefer 2 get 2 whippets for company but the OH would prefer 1.

    A questions for those with whippets who work full time - how do yours cope? Do they get toilet breaks at all or are they trained to go in a certain place indoors? Would you recommend 1 or 2 dogs? If I leave him/her without returning for lunch is that too long?

    Thanks
     
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    nat1979 has whippets too. although i haven't seen her post since she had her litter.?? hope alls well.
     
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    I work full time and own whippets. My OH is in all day and he lets them out during the day. If they have to be left they are all crated. The main reason for this is I have a mixed pack with 3 entire males and the others are entire bitches. I have 1 castrated male the males have been know in the past to have squables over the bitches so it is safer to leave them in crates so I knwo they can't get at each other.

    Whippets as a rule do not fight they are very sociable with their own kind but 2 of my males are stud dogs and the 3rd is a young pretender who thinks he should be boss
     
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    Thanks again for the replies.

    Does anyone know of a whippet rescue anywhere? So far all I have found is JR Whippet Rescue and they dont have an email address listed on the website. There is only a phone number and I'm a bit shy at talking on the phone to people I don't know!
     
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    Best places to try are Greyhound Gap and Lurcher Link. Both do get whippets and whippet lurchers in alot so worth registering with them. :thumbup: Shame cos I was looking for a good home for months for a very whippetty lurcher...ended up keeping the little bugger myself and he's running me ragged!!!! :lol: (Only joking adore the fella and couldn't imagine life without him now.)
     
  16. louise_ky

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    I have grown up with whippets and at one stage we had 3 adults and a litter of 7 pups. Yes the pups are naughty but also very cute with it!!;)

    We kept one of the boys from the last litter (he's still in tact) and we had 3 girls (we lost Stella in March this year after an accident) so only have 2 girls and a boy now. Now that all of us have left home, they are home alone during the day as my parents both work. This is fine for them as they have each others company and they also have constant access to the garden for toilet breaks and to play (although they mainly sleep)

    I really miss my whippets and me and my OH were thinking of getting a couple of whippet puppies (we're both at work during the day as well) But in the end we decided that puppies (in general) needed too much attention etc while they were young and we wouldn't be able to give them this once we went back to work as not able to come home during the day. So we have just got (almost 2 weeks ago now) 2 retired greyhounds instead. Which are equally as great!!

    There is a lurcher/whippet rescue in Essex if you are near that area?
     
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    Freyja PetForums VIP

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    This is a new whippet rescue. They've only been open for a couple of months but have already helped quite a few whippets to find new homes.

    Scruples Whippet Rescue
     
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    rachel001 PetForums Member

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    Yes I'm in Essex. Which rescue is it? We have looked at retired greyhounds too but my OH wants a smaller dog.

    Thanks freyja I will have a look at that one too
     
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    Scruples looks good, thanks for that. Will speak to them Monday for some general advice. Has anyone got any other rescue contacts?
     
  20. louise_ky

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    Hi it's Southern Lurcher rescue. They have a lot of whippets as well as lurchers. There are some really lovely ones on there.


    Southern Lurcher Rescue


    Good luck!! :)

    x
     
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