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WHIPPETS ! tell me about whippet or whippet cross puppies !

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MaryAnnSingleton Thu 20-Aug-09 18:15:25

Have finally persuaded dh that our household would benefit greatly from having a dog ! I have longed for a whippet or whippet cross ( poss. Bedlington) for years...are there whippet owners who can give me advice and tips on choosing/bring up a pup - and roughly,how much per year will it cost in food/vaccinations/insurance, just to make sure we are absolutely able to commit.
thanks ! grin

MaryAnnSingleton Thu 20-Aug-09 18:48:50

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FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 20-Aug-09 18:52:11

I grew up with Whippets, they were always great and very gentle with us, and made lovely pets, mine used to sleep in my bed as they do suffer from the cold.

happyquacker Thu 20-Aug-09 19:01:30

lovely dogs very gentle and intelligent

be very careful though as they need to run my friend had one and lived near a main road it got out and sad sad sad

MaryAnnSingleton Fri 21-Aug-09 18:02:41

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spugs Sat 22-Aug-09 09:05:00

puppies seem to be as mad as fish grin but there lovely dogs.

Kayzr Sat 22-Aug-09 09:11:16

Mary, this is a fab website where there are a few whippet owners and AFAIK a couple of whippet x bedlingtion owners. They can give you loads of help.

MaryAnnSingleton Sat 22-Aug-09 12:34:01

thanks Kayzr !

Southwestwhippet Sat 22-Aug-09 17:14:21

My mum breeds whippets, she has 3, I have 2 and my sister has 1. We LOVE whippets. They are brilliant with children because they are humble enough to allow a (fairly confident) child to be 'top dog' or at least an equal! They are generally everso quiet and good in the house, but really lively and excitable outside it. They are also killing machines, mine mostly catch rabbits but have caught deer, squirrels, mice... anything that moves and they are on the hunt!

The costs are fairly minimul I think. I currently feed mine a dried food which I leave down all the time and let them eat as and when they are hungry. They also get lots of leftovers. One of my girls is a fussy eater and if she gets skinny I will buy her a couple of weeks supply of raw tripe to supplement her dried food. I would say that the two of them probably cost me in the region of £5 p/week to feed depending on if I buy a designer brand or a cheaper version.

Insurance... well my older dog is with petplan and thank goodness as she had a disc prolapse about 2 years ago which ended up costing around £1500 shock - all covered by insurance. Due to her age (9yrs) her insurance costs are high... around £32 p/month. However, when she was younger, it was more like £15 p/month. I would recomend having a whippet insured if you have one of the soft coated lines as they are prone to skin tears, especially when out hunting. That said, my younger dog is not insured at the moment as she has a tougher coat and is generally very healthy. I put money in a saving account for her instead.

Vaccinations I think cost me around £35 p/year p/dog including a full health check-up.

Other than that, the only other cost to take into account is buying them coats for winter. If yours are like mine they will go hunting in their coats and rip them to shreds angry wink Also if you are like me you will be addicted to buying them coats as well. blush Whippets will need coats in winter as they do feel the cold but you can get some very smart ones to show off in the park!

Whippet Bedlington X are very nice as well. Bedlingtons were one of the dogs breeds used with Greyhounds to create the whippet so you are crossing back to type iykwim.

In terms of buying, go to a reputable kennel club registered breeder and make sure the pups have been well socialised with people. They shouldn't cower away from you - just because they look ss if they should be nervous, doesn't mean they should actually be nervous iykwim. Whippet puppies should be confident, happy little souls attacking shoe laces and snuggling in arms and laps.

When training them, they are generally pretty meek and are most upset even by a raised voice, I would never raise a hand to one of mine - it simply isn't necessary. Some seem to be pretty good at learning tricks, others just don't really get it - depends on the dog. It's a good idea to start working on basic recall as early as possible as like all hounds they can be a bit trixsy about coming to call. Once they are 'on' something, their instincts kick in and they effectively go deaf so being able to get them back to you the moment you see the ears go up (tell tale sign) is a useful trick especially if you live near busy roads. My mother has hers trained to a dog whistle and practices regularly in the house to re-inforce the message.

Good luck, I would love another whippet puppy but two dogs is enough and I now have a baby on the way.

Klaw Sat 22-Aug-09 17:22:38

Be aware that they tend to put the brakes on at the point when they should be stopped by, as they seem to have no idea about braking distance and therefore can run themselves into trees or brick walls or such. Not that compatible with life, so beware where you take them for exercise.

I have various friends who have had whippets, hence my knowledge of the tree incident sad and this one couple also have greyhounds. Very gentle, lazy dogs who don't care for going out in all weathers, and not as mad as whippets wink

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 23-Aug-09 19:55:29

thanks klaw and southwestwhippet - very helpful.
Southwest - is your mum also in the sw ? would she have any pups ? (October is when we'd like a pup)

Southwestwhippet Sun 23-Aug-09 22:38:21

Sadly we have no pups at the moment sad

I'm hoping to have a litter out of my bitch (first litter, very excited!) but they won't be ready until about January - same time my baby is due come to think of it.

My mum might know someone else though if you want me to ask her. A friend of hers is also a breeder, she has a couple of bitches from my mum that she now breeds.

MaryAnnSingleton Mon 24-Aug-09 21:26:35

thanks ! that'd be great - if you could ask your mum - much appreciated grin

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