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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Non-GSD breeder question...

In about a year or two, my SO and I are looking to add another dog to our family. He wants something he can run with that has a good on/off switch. We're leaning towards a Whippet, as he likes a more medium sized dog. However, finding a breeder seems to be quite the task. Most breeders don't update their websites, and phone numbers are out-dated. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good Whippet breeder. I'm not worried about the fact that most of them only breed once every year to two years...I just would like someone to get in contact with, maybe get on a list..

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Whippets have an "off" switch?! Who knew!

I know two Whippets and they are definitely not a dog who I think of as having an off switch. Both from different people and who got their dogs from different breeders.

For some reason, I can't see them running along a bike or at a nice trot next to their humans. They like to RUN and RUN FAST, when I think of them running I think things like lure coursing or agility.

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haha, what I mean by off switch, is that they can come in the house and be couch potatos. The two I met were the SWEETEST little dogs I've ever met. Granted, they were 12, but def didn't look it. I'm not sure where this lady got hers, but I'm pretty sure they're rescues. lure coursing is another thing we want to do with them, but I feel like they'd like a nice jog with my SO before going balls to the wall with the lures =] I wanted to do lure coursing with sheldon, but he has ZERO drive. for anything but food.

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Every whippet i've met has NOT been "off" when in the house. These dogs were constantly on the go from the time the sun came up to the time it went down!

If you're serious, I would look on the AKC website and see what you find. ..

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I have to say, if you want a dog who has an off switch... not sure if a whippet is ideal/good idea.

Also, running on hard surfaces like concrete or the road, with those little legs.. might not be a good idea. They are pretty fragile little dogs. I know we are always careful when mine play with them.. they are super gentle with the dogs, but could seriously hurt a leg or spine on accident.

Have you thought of a retired Grey Hound? There is one that is around here that my older dog plays with. They don't jog with her but they do ride a bike with her in the summer. She is super lazy in the house but can turn it on when allowed/wants.

I would make sure you really invest some time in researching and meeting these dogs.

They are super cute though!

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He doesn't want a greyhound because they're too big for his taste. He'd like a pitbull, but to be honest, I don't think he's ready for one, and this dog is to bond with HIM.

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Whippetts SHOULD have an off switch, and enjoy being a couch potato in the home.

Though I don't know how much the average one would enjoy being a running partner. They're made for sprinting, REALLY fast, but not very far, rather that trotting longer distances. They also don't do well in cold weather. (Or is it always warm were you are?)

Sounds to me like a medium sized herding or sporting breed (like a smaller Border Collie or a Brittany.) might be a better choice.i

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Have you seen this one? I know nothing about them, BUT their site seems fairly up to date. LOL

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Yeah, I sent an application to them as well as Mohr whippets. And they would get sprinting too, and my SO has a fast enough pace it wouldn't be a trot, more like a run...sprinting would happen during lure coursing =] I'm glad they have an off switch...though I asked him about energy all the time, and he'd be okay with that, as their size is a bit easier to handle than a gsd with the zoomies

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Oh, and it does get cold here, but we'd be willing to give it sweaters and boots...as gross as that is, some dogs need it.

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