Many people believe that an adult dog will never bond to a new owner as well as a puppy would. This is, at least in the case of whippets, absolutely not true! The whippet is definitely a "love the one you're with" breed and most adult whippets adapt very readily to a new home.
We are a family hobby "kennel" with homes in southwestern Virginia and central South Carolina...a kennel in name only, as our whippets are all housepets. We raise our puppies underfoot along with our adults, and all of our dogs are happy, healthy pets first and foremost. We keep the number of dogs at home limited, so every one can have as much attention as he or she needs.
Our emphasis is on temperament and health, in the belief that to be a happy dog, a whippet must be a good pet. After that, we breed for soundness and "type," those qualities that make a whippet look and act like a whippet. Please see About Us for more on our breeding philosophy.
It's a family hobby, with parents Sharyn and Walter Hutchens in Virginia mentoring daughter JohannahHutchens Gage and husband Derek near Columbia, SC.
If you're near Virginia or South Carolina and are interested in our puppies, please complete our puppy questionnaire.
The Timbreblue Puppy Watch email list is open to anyone who'd like to be updated about our current pups and plans. We're always happy to provide information and answer questions about whippets, regardless of where you plan to get your dog. If you're trying to decide whether a whippet is right for you, check out our website, the others we recommend, and contact us if you have further questions.
Give us a week or so to respond to email. We try to answer promptly, but life gets in the way sometimes and we can't always keep up with it! If you haven't heard from us in a week, write again. Mail does occasionally seem to just disappear, and in the constant battle with spam and virus/worm-generated messages, we've been known to delete things accidentally.
To find a whippet breeder near you, write Mary Downing at
-- the American Whippet Club breeder referral contact. Also visit our page on Finding a Whippet. We will, when possible, refer you to a breeder near you. You're also welcome to join the Timbreblue Puppy Watch email group for information about finding a breeder.
Visit our About Whippets section for guidelines on how to find a healthy puppy. We also strongly suggest joining the Petdogs-L email list. It's a moderated forum where you can ask any question at all (no matter how "dumb" you might think it is!) and get polite, knowledgeable responses.
The whippets pictured on this site are dogs we've owned, bred, or in some instances rescued. Some still live here at Timbreblue and some are loved and cherished in the homes of our friends who bought them. We're proud of the whole Timbreblue family and are happy to feature them here along with our own dogs. We hope you'll enjoy the website and come back soon!