For anyone who owns a Whippet, this article is likely going to be old news! For those of you who don’t own a Whippet, and who perhaps aren’t that familiar with this very special Sighthound breed (perhaps THE best breed of dog), this article is for you!
Whippets are a very special breed. Of course, I’m going to say this… I’m a committed Whippet owner!
However, there are reasons for my bias (other than the fact I share my life with a Whippet).
Of course, this is really only a bit of fun, since I love all dogs… and every dog owner with a favourite breed will tell you theirs is the best.
So I guess I should modify my statement somewhat by saying that I feel the Whippet is the best breed of dog for me.
(However, Whippets really are the best dog breed!)
Table of Contents
- Why the Whippet is the Best Breed of Dog For Me?
- They’re Loving
- They’re Loyal
- They Keep Your Bed Warm
- They Have The Funniest Ways
- They Love to Sleep
- The Way They Run Is A Miracle of Nature
- They Don’t Shed Much
- They Don’t Require Hours Of Walking Every Day
- They Don’t Smell
- They’re Always Happy To See You
- Summary – Why is the Whippet the Best Dog Breed For Me?
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Why is the Whippet the Best Breed of Dog For Me?
I’ve lived with my Whippet Misty for over 10 years at this point and it’s hard for me to imagine living with any other dog… let alone any other dog breed.
So from this experiential vantage point, here are 10 reasons why I feel the Whippet is the best dog breed…. just for fun!
1. They’re Loving
One of the things any Whippet owner will tell you is that they are a very loving breed. In fact, Whippets are so loving they’ll probably smother you!
Although the Whippet personality can be a little reserved around strangers, Whippets are completely relaxed and extremely affectionate with their families.
I know Whippets aren’t the only loving dog breed, so they’re not unique in this department. However, it’s just one of the traits that make Whippets the best dog breed for me.
2. They’re Loyal
Again, loyalty isn’t something rare in the dog world as most breeds are pretty loyal, especially to their owners.
Like other breeds, a Whippet’s loyalty is unshakable as long as you treat them nicely, give them a loving and comfy home and feed them!
Whippets truly are family members and like all closely knit members of a household, they’re loyal to a tee.
3. They Keep Your Bed Warm
Whippets love to burrow under covers… and sometimes this means burrowing under your bed covers!
When I ask many Whippet owners if their dogs sleep on their beds, most say they sleep IN their beds! I’m not 100% sure that this is what Whippets were bred for, but I do know they are incredibly good bed warmers.
Whippets being Whippets simply love to sleep under warm covers… even more so if there’s a warm body to snuggle up to.
4. They Have The Funniest Ways
From the bouncing walk that all Sighthounds seem to have to the apparent need to be under covers, Whippets have a ton of funny ways that make them truly endearing.
Most dogs get the zoomies from time to time, but have you ever seen a Whippet having a “funny five minutes”? While it’s often comical to watch any dog in zoom mode, with their electrifying speed Whippet zoomies are on another level.
5. They Love to Sleep!
Many people believe that Whippets are a high energy breed. While it’s true they can be extremely energetic when they are allowed to run off leash, Whippets are not at all as high maintenance as you might imagine.
Underneath the streamlined and athletic physique there is a dog that’s extremely happy to snooze. Once a Whippet has had a good run each day it’ll be VERY happy to take lots of little sleeps.
In fact a Whippet will often only wake up long enough to change position or move to a warmer or comfier spot!
Whippets aren’t lazy, but neither do they require hours of training!
6. The Way They Run Is A Miracle of Nature
Whippets can run fast… very fast. With speeds of up to 35mph, watching a Whippet run is truly awe inspiring. The elegant “double suspension gallop” alone is something that makes Whippet owners rate them so highly.
While this might not be the single most important trait potential dog owners find endearing, to me it’s one of the reasons why they are the best dog breed around.
7. They Don’t Shed Much
Whippets have short, single coats and so they don’t shed much, which is great news because Whippets love furniture!
Of course, all dogs shed and all dogs can trigger allergies (Whippets aren’t hypoallergenic… but then no dog breed is). However, since they don’t have an undercoat, you’ll never have that much fur to tidy up during shedding seasons.
8. They Don’t Require Hours Of Walking Every Day
I’ve touched on this above, but Whippets do not need hours of exercise each day like some breeds do.
Whippets aren’t endurance athletes, they’re speed merchants. As such they don’t need marathon training but rather they only need 45 minutes to an hour of (ideally off the lead) exercise each day.
Find out how much exercise Whippets need.
9. They Don’t Smell
Some dog breeds tend to have a really doggy smell, especially when they get wet. Some people don’t mind this at all… they’re dogs after all. While I don’t mind the doggy smell per se, I don’t really like it permeating my home.
Happily, Whippets don’t tend to smell. Sure, sometimes they can have a little odour if they get wet, but by and large Whippets aren’t that fragrant!
Since they have short fur and single coats, and because they don’t smell, Whippets don’t require much grooming.
In actual fact, in terms of cleanliness and smelliness, Whippets are fairly low maintenance.
10.They’re Always Happy To See You
In my 10+ years of being an owner, there has never been an occasion where my Whippet hasn’t been overjoyed to see me when I return home. Sometimes she gets over-excited when I return to the living room after making a cup of tea!
It doesn’t matter what kind of day a Whippet has had, or even if they’re a little off colour… Whippets are always super happy to see you!
Summary – The Best Breed of Dog?
I recognise this missive may not prove definitively that the Whippet is the best dog breed. Let’s be honest about it, many of the points on my list apply to many dog breeds… though some really can be quite smelly!
Nonetheless, Whippets make great family dogs, they can live in just about any sort of accommodation, they’re low maintenance and have a super temperament.
So while most other breeds have many plus points, for me the Whippet truly is the best dog breed!
Find out more: Whippet dog breed information.
Do you own a Whippet? Or perhaps you have another breed and love them the way I love Whippets? Please leave a comment in the section at the bottom of this page to tell me about your dog.
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