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Discover what a Whippet is really like to live with – from an owner who’s had this popular dog breed for over forty years. There’s advice on exercise for these which can run in short bursts at over 30 mph – and it’s nowhere near as demanding as you might think. Plus there are top tips on training – especially “recall” which is essential for sight hounds with an instinct to chase prey at very high speed. A Kennel Club accredited trainer points out how some leads can be very dangerous for the whippet breed. There’s good news in the dog grooming department and in a guide to a whippet’s health. Enjoy the video and – as always – please add your comments or any advice you may have on caring for a Whippet. They can run up to speeds of about 33 to 35 miles an hour in a short burst. But yes, they absolutely look amazing when they’re stretched out. Really going full throttle. You just stand there and you think that’s beautiful. They’re very loving. They can be mad as hatters, but they’re so easy to keep. So healthy. They are one of the few breeds who have not got any real health problems. I’ve had whippets about 40 years and I wouldn’t swap them for anything. I’ve only ever been without one for about two weeks. And I just so so missed it that I ended up going and getting another one. The whippet is a racing dog originally, and resembles a small Greyhound. But they are actually an extremely loyal and affectionate family pet. Whippets are sight hounds – so their idea of distance is completely different to yours. Two fields away is fine by a whippet. So the training – you really want to be thinking about recall, re-call and then even more recall. Sight hounds mean they hunt through their eyes. They’ll catch sight of what could technically be prey – in days gone by was a rabbit or a hare, and they will stand it – well I call it stand it – they will watch it then they’ll go. Straightaway after the prey. But it’s a thing that you train for. If you’re going to let your Whippet off, you’ve got to make sure it’s a secure place that they can’t get out of. It will run across roads if you’re not careful. The safest way is not to let it off lead unless you can rent a paddock or rent a space in which you can let it off safely. One other thing with whippets – I’ve seen whippets on retractable leads. And they go from 0 to very very fast, very quickly.And if it’s on a rectractable lead and it’s on its collar, it can do some serious damage to its neck. So you may be thinking to use a harness. But you still need to think about caution because it’s still going to accelerate very quickly and even on a harness it can injure itself. So care always with that recall. They don’t need an enormous amount of exercise. It’s quite a myth that because it’s a hound and a running dog as people would know them as, they need to have a lot of exercise. I take mine out for about half an hour every day and that seems to do the trick. They’re well happy, they’re healthy and fit. Obviously they do like to free run – and once they’re past the puppy stage, free-running is fine – but up to about 6 months, controlled exercise more than free-running. If you give them too much exercise too soon, it does affect their growth. They can become very very leggy or they can get too much muscle and it constricts the bone growth as well. It is a very very popular breed, basically because they fit to any family or domestic situation. Whippets are lovely little dogs. Sometimes they can be a little bit on the shy side, if we got a shy one in, we would look to re-home it in a quiter household that wasn’t too busy for the dog to cope with. They need medium exercise levels. They enjoy a good walk but are also quite happy to be a bit of a couch potato – and snooze a lot of they day. So they can make great friends and companions. They live happily with loads and loads of other breeds. I’ve got two other breeds – and they happily live with eachother. The other thing of course is that they are brilliant with children. Grooming is very easy – infact you can almost say it’s non-existent in a way. They’ve got such a short, silky coat. As long as you brush them own, dry them off when they’ve been for a run and occasionally give them a bath when they’ve got really dirty, that’s as much as you need. Mine get a duster every day and one brush every week just to keep the coat nice. If you’re thinking of getting one I would advise that you go to a reputable breeder and you know you’ll be getting a good, healthy puppy. Health issues are mainly when they get to the end of their life which is no different from any other breed or human. Occasionally they’ll have a little heart murmur but that’s age as opposed to a critical medical condition. In all the years I’ve had whippets, I’ve never had a health issuse. So from that point of view it is wise to have them insured just in case – but I would say that you wouldn’t probably ever use the insurance.