on Taking Care
of Your Whippet Dog
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Loving and Caring for your Whippet Dog
Whippets are medium-sized dogs and so fit nicely into the
family home and car. Their short, smooth, coarse-haired
coats take little care beyond the occasional wiping down
with a damp cloth or a bath when necessary, and regular nail
The breed is in the Sight Hound group, along with the
Hound, the Greyhound, the
Russian Wolfhound (Borzoi), the
Irish Wolfhound, the
Ibizan Hound and the Saluki, to name a
few. They come in many colors and patterns, and look a lot
like a smaller version of the Greyhound.
Due to their thin bodies and their short hair they don't do
well in the cold and your Whippet should never be left
outdoors when it is very hot or very cold. In cold climates
some people put sweaters on their Whippets in the winter.
Your Whippet wouldn't be happy outdoors in the yard or
kennel anyway, a Whippet's favorite place is usually curled
up on the couch next to its owner.
Whippets were bred to hunt rabbits and to run, so they do
need plenty of exercise, but a good walk or two with the
master each day and plenty of ball chasing or flying disk
fetching should fill the bill.
Whippets and other sight hounds are very healthy dogs, and
are not prone to many of the genetic disorders common to
some other breeds. There are a few eye problems to which
they are vulnerable and for which good breeders test.
Another issue of which to be aware is that, like other sight
hounds, Whippets have a bad reaction to barbiturate
anesthetics. Be sure to choose a veterinarian who is
familiar with treating sight hounds, or take it upon
yourself to educate your veterinarian on the subject.
Whippets are naturally very lightweight for their height and
if you feed a good quality dog food and give your Whippet
adequate exercise your dog shouldn't have problems with
obesity or other food-related disorders.
Whippets can live for up to sixteen years. As an adult your
Whippet will stand between eighteen and twenty-two inches
(forty-six to fifty-six centimeters) tall.
Nutritional Needs and Feeding a Whippet
The Whippet is sometimes thought of as a miniature
This small hound needs a high quality food so it can
develop the muscular body it's so well known for.
Daily exercise is a must for these natural athletes,
even if it's just a walk around the block.
High quality protein is the key to good nutrition,
and overfeeding is to be avoided.
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