I’ll put my hands up right now and admit that my Whippet sleeps with me in my bed. I know this is something that many people find revolting and I know that others say it’s a health risk. The thing is… Whippets love to sleep under covers!
I love curling up with my Whippet at night… especially in the winter. However, this probably has a lot to do with the fact that Whippets don’t like being on their own for long periods. It probably also has a lot to do with the fact that whippets love to burrow under covers and sleep there if they can.
So why do Whippets sleep under covers like this? Is it normal for Whippets to burrow under blankets and duvets. Should you let your Whippet sleep under the covers with you in your bed at night?
Table of Contents
- Why Do Whippets Like to Sleep Under the Covers?
- Is it Safe to Allow Your Whippet to Sleep in Your Bed?
- Related Posts
Why Do Whippets Like to Sleep Under the Covers?
Many dogs like the idea of staying with their masters at night. However, it’s not necessarily because they can’t bear to be apart from them… though for some breeds like Whippets probably one of the reasons.
There are two primary reasons why dogs like to burrow and sleep under covers:
- Dogs tend to be “denning” creatures.
- Dogs are pack animals.
The concept of denning relates to the idea that dogs have an innate instinct to find a place to sleep that’s warm and that feels safe: a den, if you like. This idea of a den would have been driven by a survival instinct from your dog’s wild days.
Secondly, dogs are pack animals. Sleeping under the covers with you beside them replicates the ancestral experience of dogs, where pack members would sleep as close to the leader as possible.
Presumably your dog will see you as pack leader!
I guess a third reason might be that dogs like feeling of the weight of bed covers on their bodies. This perhaps contributes to a sense of being cosy and safe.
In terms of Whippets, they are fair weather creatures. The have short coats and practically no body fat and this means they tend to seek out comfort and warmth. Hence Whippets probably like to sleep under covers because it keeps them cosy!
Is it Safe to Allow Your Whippet to Sleep Under the Covers in Your Bed?
I know that many people are completely against the idea of sharing their bed with their dog. Some people feel it’s an unhygienic and unhealthy practise and I understand this.
It’s true that Dogs can be mucky creatures… and some dog breeds are more mucky than others!
Exceptionally furry dogs (such as Longhaired Whippets) leave more tangible evidence of shedding, which means your bed might need more cleaning. Some dogs also tend to shed more than others, especially at certain times of the year. Hint… you might need to groom your dog with a vacuum!
Although Whippets don’t shed very much, they still shed… let’s not forget that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic. So if you suffer from allergies, allowing your Whippet to sleep under the covers with you will likely trigger them.
There is also the possibility (albeit slim) that you and your dog might make each other unwell by transmitting germs.
A further concern about bed sharing is that your Whippet might come to believe it’s the dominant personality in the relationship or that it might become too attached to you.
I understand this second view since Whippets do get very attached to their owners. Hence, some people believe Whippets cannot be left alone and allowing them to sleep in your bed might lead to increased separation anxiety.
As someone who does allow their Whippet to sleep under the covers with them, I can say the benefits outweigh the risks. That said, I don’t suffer from allergies!
I don’t feel that my Whippet suffers increased feelings of superiority or more acute separation anxiety than any other Whippet just because she sleeps under the covers with me.
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Lack of Sleep
The biggest drawback in my experience is that my Whippet doesn’t stay in one place all night: one minute she’s under the covers, the next she gets too hot and comes up for air. This can unsettle your sleep as your dog will invariably wake you up as they regulate their temperature.
Perhaps the biggest concern that you might have allowing your Whippet to sleep under your bed covers is that they’ll either suffocate or get injured if you roll on them. In my experience of allowing our Whippet to sleep in our bed for many years, this has never been a problem.
If you’re at all worried about this, make sure your bed covers are not tightly tucked into your bed to make movement difficult for you and your Whippet.
If you have recently acquired a Whippet or you’re thinking about providing a home to one, how you all live together at night will be a question you have to address.
Whippets are famous for wanting to spend their waking and sleeping hours with you! Indeed, one of the first questions Whippet owners I meet ask me is… does your Whippet allow you to sleep under the covers of their bed with them!
Many people don’t like the idea of sharing their bed with a dog, and I understand this: it’s not for everyone.
However, as long as you clean and groom your Whippet appropriately, keep your bed clean and don’t mind being woken up from time to time, allowing your Whippet to sleep under YOUR bed covers is a pleasant experience.
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Do you have a Whippet that loves getting underneath covers and blankets? Or perhaps you know a Whippet that has this tendency? Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page to let me know.