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Old 11-23-2012, 07:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed a lot of Poodle owners also own Whippets. It almost seems that if one owns a Poodle they either own another Poodle or a Whippet. Is this a conscious decision or do Poodle people just like Whippets and vice versa? I suppose whippets are similar in personality, shy, quiet companion type dogs (unless you get a rowdy rowdy Ralphie). Is it that they make good playmates for POodles? Is it like having a Poodle without the grooming? Not sure why I'm asking this... just curious I guess.
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I had to laugh when I say this thread because I had been wondering lately about whippets! I used to joke with my mom that when she trimmed her little blue mpoo, that he looked just like a whippet.

Since you have asked many of the thoughts that I was thinking, I will be watching to see some folks answers.


Hoping for a great bunch of input! I would love to see what folks think of their whippets vs their poodles as I have never been around a whippet and I looooove my poos!
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Well I have to say, the kids and I were looking at greyhounds before we decided on poodles. Do you know that greyhounds are reported to have NO inherited diseases??? They also don't shed much and have very little doggy odour. They are supposed to be awesome family pets, a small dog in a big dog body because they are so easy to live with. The thing that made me go for poodles is the intelligence, in the end. But I still love greyhounds
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I have an IG and a poodle, so I think I fall into the category you discuss.

I think it has something to do with the elegance of the breeds. Their grace might appeal to the same type of person, someone who starts with one and then either wants or doesn't want the fancier hair of the other.

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I think it is the look of both dogs, that attract the same type of people. My sister has a whipett, she is so beautiful, if she had not been a shedder, I would have gotten her instead of Carley. They are very quiet and cat like in the house. ect.

My neighbor has had 3 greyhound and none have been healthy. I was surprised to read that most are. All of hers were rescues and they don't get the best food, so that might be the problem. She was crazy for her first two, but this third one is not anything like the others and she has been very sad about that.
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I had a whippet before getting Ruso. He had a terrible accident that devastated me, and Ruso came as a soothing present form a friend.
I love both breeds, in fact I love dogs in general, but they are quite different, in my opinion. Whippets were bred for run & chase, and instinct is very strong in most of them. I think that poodles, well, toy poodles at least, were bred just for being human companions. Differences I see: my whippet, at home, was very mischievous. VERY. He was interested in everything, and Ruso is mainly interested in me. The energy level of my whippet was really high. I know that some poodles are also very high strung (I've just read a thread here about a mini poodle who reminded me about my dear whippet). In my humble opinion, a whippet needs lots of space, lots of exercise and lots of running, and providing all that is not always easy. Besides that, they can't be offleash (except in fenced or controlled areas) and are very prone to accidents.
My whippet was not shy at all; he loved everybody, greeted everyone. The sweetest temperament you could imagine. One thing is true: they sleep a lot, and very deeply. And they hate cold and hard surfaces. I'm ashtonished watching Ruso resting on the bare floor: a whippet never would do that!
I forgot: they shed. A lot!
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Hmmm I've only met one Whippet. She was beautiful. THe owners proclaimed her to be "very high energy" She ran around the dog park with my Ralph, they were a great match, they were the same speed and took turns chasing each other. After about 10 minutes of the full out speed running the whippet collapsed at the owners feet to take a nap. Ralph galloped off to play with the next dog, running around and chasing the next "high energy" dog, LOL.

I do find the look of Whippets/Greyhounds to be very elegant and dainty, much like my Poodle. We joke that Ralph is a little greyhound (in appearance and speed).
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I've noticed a lot of Poodle owners also own Whippets. It almost seems that if one owns a Poodle they either own another Poodle or a Whippet. Is this a conscious decision or do Poodle people just like Whippets and vice versa? I suppose whippets are similar in personality, shy, quiet companion type dogs (unless you get a rowdy rowdy Ralphie). Is it that they make good playmates for POodles? Is it like having a Poodle without the grooming? Not sure why I'm asking this... just curious I guess.
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After about 10 minutes of the full out speed running the whippet collapsed at the owners feet to take a nap.
That's true from the people I talked to; greyhounds are supposed to not need as much exercise as you might think because they are fiercely fast (45 mph) but only for short distances; in fact I was cautioned that I wouldn't be able to run my usual morning 5 or 6 k with greyhounds unless I had spent a period of time conditioning them to that distance. Same was true with the poodles, but of course they're not THAT fast! Pretty darn fast though
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Maybe it does have something to do with the 2 breeds getting along well together as they both love to run. Whenever I meet a lurcher (small or medium) Ollie loves to play chase with them. Not so much with the larger ones as they catch him too easily!
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