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Whippet breeders are very protective of the breed. Most will ask you to sign an agreement that a puppy sold as a pet will not be bred. This precaution is to safeguard the quality and health of whippets as a whole. In popular breeds where careless or uninformed breeding is common, temperaments and appearances vary so widely that it's hard to believe that some of the dogs are even the same breed! Careless or ill-informed breeding has made many breeds shy, snappy, and unstable. We don't want whippets to go there!

Home Leads and Collars
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If your whippet wears a collar around the house, for daily wear we recommend flat nylon "breakaway" collars with nylon fasteners. Whippets play roughly with each other, and the breakaway latch is a safety measure in case a tooth is caught in a collar. Unfortunately we've heard many stories of dogs of all breeds badly injured or killed when one became tangled in the other's collar.

For outings we use very wide, flat lead-and-collar combinations called 'sighthound leads.' Even the best-trained whippet may lunge to the end of the lead when he sees 'prey' (anything small and fast moving!) and the wide collar stops his progress without injuring his throat. A martingale construction keeps the collar from tightening to the point of injury without allowing him to slip out when it's loosened.

Never use a metal choke chain on a whippet. Be sure to keep an ID tag on your whippet at all times, and we recommend tattooing and microchipping in addition to collar tags.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 03:33