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Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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Whippet Puppies

Staci
Aug 19 ·

Whippet puppies are adorable. They’re popular with owners because they’re athletic and beautiful dogs, and they’ve always been a staple in many households.

However, every breed has its awesome qualities and challenges, so it’s important to do your research before you go out and get one. Here’s everything you need to know about Whippet puppies.

Where To Get Whippet Puppies

You might be lucky enough to find a Whippet puppy in a shelter. You can call around and ask. Many shelters will take your contact information and let you know if they have a puppy that matches what you want. You’ll have better luck if you’re willing to adopt an older dog, and breed-specific rescues may also have Whippets. River…

There’s also nothing wrong with searching out an ethical breeder! Good breeders work to better the breed, and also make sure that their puppies never end up in shelters.

If you want to find a good breeder, look for the following signs that you can trust them:

  • AKC registration for puppies
  • Spay and neuter contract
  • Health checks for the parents
  • Vet records for the puppies
  • Willing to answer questions, and transparency when asked
  • Willing to Facetime with the puppies, to prove they aren’t a scam

Backyard breeders will sell puppies that haven’t been health checked. You might be tempted to go with one, but the chances are, they’ll cost you a lot down the line. This could be in vet bills or trainer costs, as they’ll have been poorly socialized.

Whippet Puppies – The Cost

The average cost for a Whippet puppy can be anywhere between $1000 and $2500. Anything much lower than this is a sign of a backyard breeder. Rocks and Rose…

Appearance

Whippets are known for looking like small greyhounds. They have very thin bodies. They’re narrow, with a deep chest, and carry their tail very low.

Temperament

Whippets are very energetic dogs. If you’re looking for a dog that will love being a couch potato with you, you might want to look at another breed! These dogs love to run, and will need an outlet for that or they might become destructive with boredom. They are, however, very gentle at home and very dedicated to their owners.

The main thing to look out for is that Whippets have a tendency to chase prey. Their recall can be unreliable no matter how much you work on it if they take off after something. It’s best to have a fenced-in yard for your dog, and practice their recall every day to make sure it’s as reliable as it can be. Use plenty of high-value treats to keep them engaged, and try to teach “leave it” too.

They get along with other dogs, but may not be the best choice to live with cats and other small animals. Welsh Whippet…

Whippet Puppies – Veterinary Needs

Like most purebred dogs, Whippet puppies do have health issues they’re prone to, such as epilepsy. Your best defense against these is to make sure the parents are health checked and have a good pet insurance policy in place. It’s also important to keep Whippets warm, as they hate the cold!

Otherwise, their veterinary needs are the same as any other dog. They’ll need a series of shots as a puppy, usually three or four, until they’re around sixteen to eighteen weeks old. These will protect them from parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases that could infect them. Keep them away from areas with dog traffic until they’re fully vaccinated.

After that, they will need check-ups once a year to receive their booster shots and check they’re healthy. Whippets have a life expectancy of 12-15 years so if you keep your dog in good shape, you’ll have a companion for a long time!

Diet

Some owners swear by raw diets, and they can have many health benefits. However, they can also have risks. Do your research. Dogs are omnivores with complex dietary needs so you need to make sure they’re getting everything they need as well as meat. Consult an expert, or use a subscription service so the meals are prepared for you by a qualified nutritionist.

If you feed your dog kibble (dry food), be sure to check the ingredients and ask for your veterinarian‘s advice on which brand is suited to your particular dog. Some are created with more fillers than nutrients to make them cheaper, which means it’s not good for your dog and can cause them health issues in the long run. Never choose grain-free food, as this can cause heart disease in dogs. If your dog is allergic to grains, discuss this with your vet. Stan…

Grooming

You will have to clean a Whippet’s ears and teeth regularly. Teeth need to be done every other day when their adult teeth come in, and dental chews can also help with this. You should also clip their nails — usually when they’re beginning to tap on the floor. Get them used to the Dremel or nail clippers at a young age, especially if using the former as it can be noisy. Provide lots of high-value treats to provide a positive association. Laura…

Whippets have short coats, so you don’t need to worry about brushing them.

If you’ve chosen a Whippet, congratulations! Whippets are energetic dogs who’ll provide you with hours of fun and come cuddle on the couch at the end of the day.

Whippet Puppies – Photos

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Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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