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Whippig Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Whippig so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Whippet and Italian Greyhound mix

Whippig Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Whippig puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Whippig in the United States? How much money is a Whippig?

Where to buy a Whippig with a good pedigree?

$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Whippig, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Whippig for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Whippig gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Whippig? How many Whippig are there in the world?
Average: The Whippig is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Whippig Size

Size
Is a Whippig small, medium or large dog?

How big do Whippig get?

What is the average size of a Whippig?

SmallMedium
Weight
How much does the Whippig weigh? How much should a Whippig weight? What is the normal weight of a Whippig? How much does a full-grown Whippig weight?
Male: 20–35 pounds (9–16 kg), Female:20–35 pounds (9–16 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Whippig?
Male: 27.5 pounds (12 kg), Female: 26 pounds (12 kg)
Height
How tall is the Whippig? Whippig height:
Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Whippig?
Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Whippig Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Whippig have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineShortClose in texture
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Whippig coats?
BlackGray Red Blue Cream White BrownFawnYellow
Grooming
How to groom the Whippig and how often? How often should I take my Whippig to the groomer?
Effortless: The Whippig requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Whippig is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Whippig dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Whippig? Do Whippig dogs shed a lot?
Whippig dogs are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Whippig need a bath? How often should you give a Whippig a bath? Can I bathe my Whippig every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Whippig Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Whippig have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileIntelligentFriendlyAffectionateLivelyGentleOutrightCompanionableAdaptableQuietAthleticMischievous
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Whippig? Is the Whippig breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Whippig ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Whippig dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Whippig?
Whippig dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Whippigs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Whippig sensitivity:
Sensitive: Whippig dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Whippig a good family dog?
Average to High: Whippig dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Whippig need? Whippig social needs:
Whippig dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Whippig dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Whippig bark?
Low to Average: The Whippig rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Whippig good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Whippig dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Whippig dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Whippig dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Whippig bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Whippig? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Whippig? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Whippig has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Whippig has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Whippig? How much bite force does a Whippig have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Whippig bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Whippig do?
Whippig dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Whippig dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Whippig to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Whippig roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Whippig is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Whippig have high prey drive?
Whippig dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Whippig dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Whippig good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Whippig in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Whippig breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Whippig dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Whippig be left alone? How long can you leave a Whippig alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Whippig Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Whippig temperament with other people:
Whippig dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Whippig dogs get along with other pets? Are Whippig dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Whippig dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Whippig dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Whippig temperament with children:
Whippig dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Whippig dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Whippig breed live with a cat?
Whippig dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Whippig good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Whippig dogs get along with other dogs?
Whippig dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Whippig breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Whippig breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Whippig dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Whippig dogs good office canines? Do Whippig dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Whippig is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Whippig dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Whippig temperament with senior people? Are Whippig dogs good for elderly owners?
Whippigs are commonly okay with elderly people.

Whippig Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Whippig dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Whippig is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Whippig breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Whippig breed? Most common health risks of Whippig:
Heart MurmursHip DysplasiaPatellar LuxationHypothyroidismEye ProblemsVon Willebrand's DiseaseHeart ProblemsDeafnessVaccination SensitivityDrug SensitivityArthritisKidney IssuesThyroid ProblemsAddison's DiseaseAlopecia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Whippig breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Whippig see the vet?
Average
The Whippig should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Whippig dogs live? How old can a Whippig be? What is the age limit of the Whippig? How many years can the oldest Whippig live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Whippig?

How long is the lifespan of a Whippig?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Whippig: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Whippig breed hypoallergenic?
No
Whippig dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Whippig have? What is the activity level of the Whippig?
Whippig dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Whippig need? How much exercise do Whippig dogs require per day?

Do Whippig dogs need a lot of exercises?

Whippig dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Whippig breed need?
Whippig dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Whippig need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Whippig breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Whippig? How much food should I feed my Whippig?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Whippig risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Whippig has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Whippig weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Whippig has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Whippig drool?
The Whippig is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Whippig could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Whippig.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Whippig As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Whippig be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Whippig is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Whippig be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Whippig be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Whippig breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Whippig be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Whippig is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Whippig be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Whippig is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Whippig be a boat dog?

Not really

Whippig breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Whippig be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Whippig is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Whippig dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Whippig Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Whippig pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Whippig breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Whippig: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Whippig have in a litter? How many puppies can the Whippig breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Whippig have? How many puppies can a Whippig give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Whippig Recognition

AKC Group
Is Whippig recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Whippig recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Whippig breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Whippig Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Whippig dogs are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Whippig breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Whippig requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Whippig dogs are low shedders.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Whippig is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Whippig has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Whippig has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Whippig dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Whippig dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Whippig dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Mouthiness: Whippig dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Whippig is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Whippig dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Whippig is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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