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Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane" Compare Whippet and Silken Windhound. Which is better: Whippet or Silken Windhound or Great Dane?
Name Whippet Silken Windhound Great Dane
OriginsEngland United States Germany
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank6127414
Reviews101
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Other Names English Whippet, Snap Dog Silken Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Hound breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
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
No set 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 $800-$1000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane

Size Medium Medium Giant
Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) Female: 22-45 pounds (10-20 kg), Male: 33-55 pounds (15-25 kg) Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Avg. Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) Female: 33.5 pounds (15 kg), Male: 44 pounds (20 kg) Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg)
Height Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm) 18-23.5 inches (46-60 cm) Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) 18-23.5 inches (53 cm) Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm)

Hair & Care - Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane

Coat Fine
Short
Close in texture
Silky Dense
Colors Cream
Red
Blue
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
Red
White
Tan
Gray
Silver
Black
Blue
Fawn
White
Brindle
Merle
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Whippet requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Silken Windhound requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Whippets are low shedders.
Silken Windhounds shed moderately.
Great Danes shed moderately.

Characteristics - Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane

Temperament Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Friendly
Intelligent
Quiet
Outright
Adaptable
Companionable
Affectionate
Familiar
Playful
Loving
Companionable
Friendly
Trusting
Friendly
Devoted
Gentle
Reserved
Confident
Intelligent
Loving
Intelligent Rank
Average: Whippet's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Silken Windhound's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Whippets are easy to train.
Silken Windhounds are easy to train.
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Whippets, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Silken Windhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Whippets don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Great Danes don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Whippets are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Silken Windhounds are highly affectionate dogs.
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Whippets need for social interaction is average.
Silken Windhounds need for social interaction is average.
Great Danes are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Whippet barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Silken Windhound rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Whippets are average watchdogs.
Silken Windhounds are not the best watchdogs.
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Whippets can't provide protection for their territory.
Silken Windhounds are not the best to protect their territory.
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Whippet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Silken Windhound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Whippets have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Silken Windhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Great Danes have a higher 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Silken Windhound is strong enough to escape from home.
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Whippets have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Silken Windhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Great Danes 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.
Apartment Friendly
Whippets are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Silken Windhounds are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Whippets adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Silken Windhounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Great Danes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane

Stranger Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards strangers.
Silken Windhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Whippets are kid-friendly dogs.
Silken Windhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Whippets are not cat-friendly dogs.
Silken Windhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Silken Windhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Whippet is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Silken Windhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Whippets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Silken Windhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Whippets do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Silken Windhounds are generally with other pets.
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Whippets are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Silken Windhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not really
Silken Windhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Great Dane 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane

Health Issues
The Whippet is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Silken Windhounds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Addison's Disease
Arthritis
Deafness
Drug Sensitivity
Heart Murmurs
Heart Problems
Hypothyroidism
Kidney Issues
Vaccination Sensitivity
Von Willebrand's Disease
No set Bloat
Cancer
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Mitral Valve Disease
Patent Ductus Arteriosis
Persistent Right Aortic Arch
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 16-20 years 7-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Whippets are high energy dogs.
Silken Windhounds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Whippets have an average exercise need.
Silken Windhounds need quite a lot of exercise.
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Whippets don't need too much sleep.
Silken Windhounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Great Danes don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Low.
Low.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Silken Windhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Whippet has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Silken Windhound has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Whippet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Silken Windhound is an average drooler.
The Great Dane drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Whippet vs Silken Windhound vs Great Dane

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 4-6 puppies 10-15 puppies

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