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People who are serious about whippets and about breeding carefully nearly always show or race their dogs, at least a little. And yes, they plan litters hoping to get a great winner. But most of the puppies in every litter will go to pet homes because of a minor cosmetic or structural flaw (often noticeable only to the breeder!) --- the breeder can only keep so many whippets! Those pet puppies come from the same meticulously planned breeding and receive the same attention and loving care as the "pick of the litter." That's why you want to buy your pet from a breeder who shows or races.

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Housebreaking

A whippet's desire to to be clean makes him one of the easiest breeds to housetrain. Using a crate will make your job much simpler. Puppies can be housetrained with the usual positive methods. Never punish a dog for an accident; you'll just teach him to hide from you when he goes in the house! Just take him outside without comment and praise him when he uses the correct place.

A new home can be stressful at first so even a housetrained adult can make mistakes early on. Some males may 'mark' (lift a leg on) walls, furniture, etc., indoors. This is true of any breed -- it's not a whippet-only characteristic -- and usually happens only if there are other males in the household. Neutering helps most of these guys, and you might want to add a "belly band" to his wardrobe if it becomes a problem.



Last Updated on Saturday, 31 May 2008 19:32