Whippet Temperament: Personality Traits of the Wonderful Whippet
The wonderful whippet is one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are known for their love of people and being friendly with them. Their personality traits make them very sociable and easy to live with. These characteristics have made these dogs popular among families, but they can also cause problems if not properly socialized or trained correctly.
A typical whippet’s coat color ranges from white to black, though some have been reported with other colors such as red, orange, yellow and green. Most are medium sized dogs weighing between 20 – 30 pounds (9.8 – 14 kg). Some are even larger than 40 pounds (18 kg) while others weigh less than 10 pounds (4 kg). A few have been recorded with weights under 5 pounds (1.5 kg), which makes them extremely small and adorable!
These dogs are generally playful and active, though they may become shy around strangers. They tend to enjoy playing fetch with their human companions, though they will also play happily with each other. If given enough time and attention, whippets will learn tricks just like any other dog. However, it is best to teach your whippet tricks slowly so that they don’t get bored easily.
Although whippets have a medium energy level, they are playful and active dogs that need to get exercise daily. They will enjoy going on walks with their human friends and playing in the yard. Whippets also enjoy running free in large open areas where they can explore and run as fast as they can. These dogs also enjoy swimming and some can even be taught to jump over small obstacles such as small fences or hedges.
It’s not enough to just give these dogs exercise, but it is also vital that they get the mental stimulation they need as well. Without things to keep their minds busy, whippets can become bored which can cause them to develop behavior problems. Some whippets may become destructive or begin whining or barking a lot. These dogs are very intelligent and can become easily stressed if they don’t feel as if they are being properly challenged. Some whippets may even suffer from depression which can cause them to become unhappy or even ill.
Giving your whippet things to do such as retrieving toys or cookies can help them burn off some of their extra energy as well as keep their mind occupied. These dogs are very food motivated and will quickly learn that “work” produces rewards.
When given the chance, some whippets may show aggression towards other animals. This can be due to a couple of different reasons. It is possible that they were not spayed or neutured. In male whippets, this may cause the animal to feel as if it has to compete with other males for females in the area. Female whippets may become aggressive during mating season if they do not get to mate.
Some dogs may show aggression due to lack of socialization.
Sources & references used in this article:
The English Whippet by EG Walsh, M Lowe – 2004 – books.google.com
The scientific analysis of personality by JP Rothe – 2017 – books.google.com
Faith Healer by B Friel – 2013 – books.google.com
Canine behavioral genetics: pointing out the phenotypes and herding up the genes by TC Spady, EA Ostrander – The American Journal of Human Genetics, 2008 – Elsevier