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Old 01-31-2015, 10:51 PM
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A friend is about to move and planning to find a place that accepts dogs so she can adopt. A lot of rentals have weight restrictions, so she doesn't want to adopt a retired racing greyhound as much as she adores the breed. The greyhound rescue people told her that whippets are crazy, insanely hyper, and there's no way she would be able to provide enough exercise.

All the whippets I've met have been couch potatoes who were happy with a good sprint and a walk around the block. She's looking to adopt an adult rather than start out with a puppy, what is your experience with them?
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:39 PM
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A friend is about to move and planning to find a place that accepts dogs so she can adopt. A lot of rentals have weight restrictions, so she doesn't want to adopt a retired racing greyhound as much as she adores the breed. The greyhound rescue people told her that whippets are crazy, insanely hyper, and there's no way she would be able to provide enough exercise.

All the whippets I've met have been couch potatoes who were happy with a good sprint and a walk around the block. She's looking to adopt an adult rather than start out with a puppy, what is your experience with them?
While I adore greyhounds and the notion of rescue, I've noticed there is a mild crazy streak running through some of the folks involved. They get weird notions about things.

A whippet should be fine. A sight hound puppy would probably need more exercise than you could give it as a single dog and in an apartment, but an adult whippet would work out well. It'd need less than say a lab or a GSD.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:07 PM
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Whippets are chill dogs. Not hyper! They are happy with a chance to run around every few days and daily walks. Even the really out going ones are not at hyper. I would say they could be described as active, but even then they don't HAVE to be active they would just prefer it.

I love whippets. I just wanted to stick with smallish dogs. Schen is very whippet like and I love that about him.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:15 PM
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IME, whippies are great brodogs, particularly show lines. If you want to gogogo with them, they're up for it, but they're just as ready for hanging on the couch and playing tug inside. A good run a few times per week is usually enough, combined with lesser activity on the off dogs (leash walks, playing inside, etc).
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The whippets I know I only see at classes and at flyball, so I'm used to seeing them ON and when they are on, they are *so* much fun. Just goofy, bouncy nuts. I do know that most of them are pretty chill at home, though.

I'd have one if I couldn't have my herders.
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Old 02-01-2015, 01:54 PM
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Whippets are awesome. Gimmick is a wildman at daycare or the dog park, but a great cuddler at home. I would never use the word hyper to describe them.
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You all make me want a Whippet.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:34 PM
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When they're on, they're on. When they're off, they're comatose. Hyper really isn't a word I'd use for them. Ezra has moved in (AKA been abducted) with my sister and his days vary from chilling while she studies to spending the day out on the field while she coaches. Mimi is content sleeping all day when I work from home, hanging out with the general public all weekend at a show, racing, or trialing agility. Very adaptable dogs overall. I've found most prefer to be in multiple Whippet households, but that isn't a hard and fast rule by any means.

Frequently, the largest difficulty about wanting to 'adopt' a Whippet, is that there just aren't that many in true rescue situations. Get in touch with WRAP, as well as a couple breeders. On a whole, Whippet people are very good keeping their dogs out of bad situations. A breeder may be a good choice as they'll have young adult 'retired' show dogs they're looking to place in homes.
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:46 PM
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I haven't owned one, but the reason I want a whippet for my next dog is because they're the broest bros that ever broed. I've never met one that wasn't happy to just chill with you where or whenever, whether you're going somewhere, taking a walk, playing games or sitting on your ass.

Perfect little reindeer dogs. Love them.
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