Are whippets good inside dogs for house?

HaHaHannah: Are whippets good house dogs?
I'm a teenager & was wondering if this would be a good dog for me. I want something inside that is smaller dog & doesn't shed. (I heard whippets don't) Do they make good inside house pets & the occasional run outside? Tell me everything!
Also I was wondering if they get that large? I know they are very thin but I'm not sure about the height.
I have a large yard & would be able to take it on runs frequently but I really want it's main stay to be inside. Would that be best?

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Answer by MellyMonster
Well, they need lots of exercise. But they are very kid-friendly and are very nice and loving dogs.

Answer by mimi
one lived close by me and every day all day he ran around his house and wouldnt stop and that is a good dog 4 u...

Answer by raspberryph
All dogs shed. Some less than others. Whippets have very little hair and its short but again, ALL DOGS SHED.

Other than that, whippets are excellent housedogs!! Great!! They are very sensitive to temperature though especially in the winter so intend on buying some fleeces for them.

Another breed that barely sheds is a poodle. They are also good for kids. Whippets need more exercise than poodles generally. Whippets need more than an "occasional" romp outside. They need walked daily. Whippets are just a mini greyhound -- and of course, greyhounds need lots of exercise.

Answer by sissy
Well, if you plan to keep it indoors, have a small yard, or don't a lot of time, they may not be the best dog for you. They need lots and lots of exercise. But other than that, they are great dogs. They have a gentle temperament, and are great with kids.

Answer by Amandamoon
The Whippet is a medium sized sight hound that looks similar to a his cousin the Greyhound. The skull is long and lean with a fairly wide space between the ears. The muzzle is long with almost no stop, tapering to the nose. The nose is black, dark blue or dark brown, so dark they all look black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The small, rose ears are held back and folded and are semi-perked when they are excited. The oval shaped eyes are dark in color. The front legs are straight and the feet are thick either cat or hare like. The tail is long, tapering to a point. It is held low with a slight upward curve near the end, reaching to at least the hock. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The short, smooth coat comes in all colors including brindle, black, red, fawn, tigered white or slate blue, either solid-colored or mixed.

The Whippet is intelligent, lively, affectionate, sweet, and docile. This very devoted companion is quiet and calm in the home. The Whippet should never be roughly trained, for they are extremely sensitive both physically and mentally. Be sure to introduce plenty of variety when training them. The best results will be achieved by including games and running. They are good with children of all ages as long as the children do not roughhouse or tease the dog. Whippets are clean, virtually odor free, easy to care for and easy to travel with. They are good watchdogs and may be reserved with strangers. They will pursue and kill cats and other small animals if given the opportunity, but are good with other dogs. Household cats that they are raised with and have become accustom to will be left alone. They can be used to hunt. The Whippet's sweet personality makes him a fine companion dog. The Whippet is the ultimate sprinter, unsurpassed by any other breed in its ability to accelerate to top speed and to twist and turn with matchless dexterity. Some can be difficult to housebreak while others housebreak quickly. Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, and behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals.
Height, Weight
Height: Dogs 19-22 inches (47-56 cm.) Bitches 18-21 inches (44-54 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 25-45 pounds (11-21 kg.)
Health Problems
Prone to stomach upset and skin problems.
Living Conditions
This breed is sensitive to the cold. Wearing a coat is advised in the winter. They will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. Whippets are calm indoors and a small yard will do.
The Whippet kept as a pet should have regular opportunities to run free on open ground (in a safe area) as well as a brisk daily walk on a leash. They are sighthound and will chase and kill small animals so a fenced yard is essential.
Life Expectancy
About 12-15 years.
The Whippet's smooth, fine, short-haired coat is easy to groom. A regular rub all over with a damp chamois will keep the coat gleaming. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. The coat of the Whippet is virtually free of "doggie odor." This breed is an average shedder.
The Whippet was developed at the end of the 19th century through crossing among the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound, and another terrier type dog. Its name derives from the expression "whip it" meaning to move quickly. The Whippet is an outstanding track racer over short distances reaching speeds of up to 37 miles per hour (60km. per hour) reasching those speeds in seconds! Coursing these dogs was an entertaining form of gambling for the lower classes in England and was nicknamed "the poor man’s racehorse." The Whippet was recognized by AKC in 1888 and by the English Kennel Club in 1891. Some of the Whippet's talents include: hunting, sighting, watchdog, racing, agility, and lure coursing.

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Answer by luckydog
Whippets are racing dogs and are made for RUNNING. If you do not have the time to RUN them twice every day for at least 30 to 40 minutes, in addition to the regular walks ...then this is not the dog for you. Though everyone is correct..they are sweet and good in the house...only need WAY a lot of exercise...much more than the average dog. Good luck.

Answer by Bulldoggespirit
Whippets are great house dogs and thrive on being part of the family circle , they are also quite inactive indoors. However they do shed a small amount. Good with kids and very loving and loyal. A good choice for a family pet but will chase cats etc. as a rule , after all they are a sight hound bred for hunting but if brought up with cats should be o.k.

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  1. JAG says

    Let me clear this up. Yes, Whippets are racing dogs but do NOT require huge amounts of exercise. They will require a good gallop around and a nice walk but not the 30 -40 minutes 2x a day stuff you need to do with higher energy dogs. Whippets (and greyhounds) are bred for bursts of speed - not endurance. The only way you should own one is to have it indoors - they are not a hardy breed and cannot tolerate extreme temps especially cold.

    I can guarantee you that whippets shed but because they do not have a dense undercoat, it is short bristly hair that is easily contained. I can also guarantee that a whippet will do anything in its power to be up on furniture, particularly sleeping on your bed at night.

    These are one of my favorite breeds. They do not get very large, about 30lbs would be average. They are clean, easy to maintain, active without the high energy, comical and best of all, have few genetic health issues. They do require someone with patience as they are not particularly food motivated in training.

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