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Whippet vs Golden Retriever vs Miniature Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Whippet Golden Retriever Miniature Poodle
OriginsEngland Scotland Germany France
Group Hunting Dogs Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank613435
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Other Names English Whippet, Snap Dog Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $800-$1200 $1000-$2000 1000-1500

General Appearance - Whippet vs Golden Retriever vs Miniature Poodle

Size Medium Large Small
Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 15-17 pounds (7-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 16 pounds (7.5 kg)
Height Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) 11-15 inches (28-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) 13 inches (33 cm)

Hair & Care - Whippet vs Golden Retriever vs Miniature Poodle

Coat Fine Short Close in texture Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Dense Curly Thick
Colors Cream Red Blue Fawn White Black Golden Light Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige
Grooming
Effortless: The Whippet requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Whippets are low shedders.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Whippet vs Golden Retriever vs Miniature Poodle

Temperament Affectionate Gentle Lively Friendly Intelligent Quiet Outright Adaptable Companionable Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Whippet's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Whippets are easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Whippets, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Whippets don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Golden Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Whippets are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Whippets need for social interaction is average.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The Whippet barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Whippets are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Whippets can't provide protection for their territory.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Whippet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Whippets have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Whippet is strong enough to escape from home.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Whippets have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Golden Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Whippets are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Whippets adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Whippet vs Golden Retriever vs Miniature Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards strangers.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Whippets are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Whippets are not cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Whippet is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Golden Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Whippets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Whippets do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Whippets are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Golden Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Whippet breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Whippet vs Golden Retriever vs Miniature Poodle

Health Issues
The Whippet is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Arthritis Deafness Drug Sensitivity Heart Murmurs Heart Problems Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Vaccination Sensitivity Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Addison's Disease Bloat Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Whippets are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Whippets have an average exercise need.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Whippets don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Whippet has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Whippet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Whippet vs Golden Retriever vs Miniature Poodle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 5-10 puppies 2-8 puppies, average 5

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