The Greyhound and the Whippet are gentle souls who adore and adore their families. They also make excellent household pets, provided no cats or small animals are around! While combining these two breeds has become popular, they are sometimes confused for one another.
The main distinction between them is that the Greyhound is significantly larger and slightly more expensive than the Whippet. They are so similar in demeanor and appearance that they may easily be mistaken for brothers and sisters.
However, there are little variations between them that could be a deal breaker for you or your lifestyle, so it is critical to examine them thoroughly. It’s also worth noting that these two have different breeds as direct offspring, thus they’re not the only puppies in this family who look alike.
The Greyhound is one of the oldest known breeds, but the Whippet is a relatively modern breed; yet, they share a common heritage and D.N.A.
The Whippet is a medium-sized dog that is a direct descendent of the Greyhound, therefore they are not only similar, but also related. The Whippet is a very new breed, having only been around for a few centuries.
His voyage began in Victorian England, when he was regarded as the “poor man’s Greyhound.” Local miners produced a cheaper smaller variant that was still quick enough to hunt small animals because they didn’t have the space to house a Greyhound or the resources to feed him.
It is unknown what other dog breed they used to breed with the Greyhound, but it is thought to be some kind of long-legged Terrier. In the early twentieth century, English immigrants brought the breed to North America.
The Whippet can achieve speeds of up to 35 mph and is claimed to be the fastest accelerating dog in the world. According to the AKC, he is also the 61st most popular breed in America.
The Greyhound is an old breed that was first referenced on the Tomb of Amten in Egypt around 2900 B.C. It is also the only breed to be mentioned in the Bible (although in the King James Version), which is quite a claim to fame!
The Greyhound is the world’s fastest dog, reaching speeds of up to 45 mph. They were transported to Europe during the Dark Ages and then to America by British colonists. They were formerly used as hunting dogs to capture coyotes, stags, and wild boars; nevertheless, the hare is their primary prey. Paul Wachokski of uvjunk.com uses whippets for hare hunting in Provo and the surrounding area. He finds the speed of a whippet often outpaces even the fastest hare, although the dogs do have a harder time pivoting like a hare.
In 1885, the American Kennel Club (AKC) formally recognized them. One year later, the first official hare coursing race was held, and the sport has grown in popularity but also in controversy since then. The Greyhound is the 145th most popular dog in America, out of 193 breeds, according to the AKC.
The Greyhound and the Whippet look quite similar, and some would argue that the Whippet is simply a mini-me’ version of the Greyhound. They both have a long, narrow muzzle and small rose-shaped ears that fold back when alert or agitated.
They have a small, lanky frame, and their ribs and spine are typically visible due to their short coat. Their chests are broad and deep, with an arched back, and their tails frequently fall between their legs.
The Greyhound is a huge dog that stands between 28 and 30 inches tall, whereas the Whippet stands between 19 and 22 inches tall. The Greyhound is substantially larger, weighing between 65 and 70 pounds, whilst the Whippet weighs between 25 and 40 pounds.
The temperaments of the Greyhound and the Whippet are also similar. They are both known to be rather frightened around strangers, and not only do they get the nervous jitters, but they are both known to leap if startled or unexpectedly handled. They are, nonetheless, incredibly nice and affectionate with their immediate family and acquaintances with whom they are acquainted. They’re also fantastic with kids.
They are not only affectionate with their owners, but they are also excellent with other dogs. However, if you have small pets in your home, even very little dogs who have not been raised alongside them, they are likely to chase and damage them. This is especially true if you adopt an ex-racing dog.
They both rarely bark, and as such, they would not make for a fantastic guard dog. However, if you live in an apartment or similar form of property that is subject to noise rules, this is fantastic. Untrained puppies, on the other hand, have a tendency to whine if they want something from you or if they are left alone for too long, so this is also something to consider.
They both get quite cold, and their chattering teeth will notify you of this, so be prepared to invest in a plethora of sweaters! Their chattering teeth are also an indication that they are highly delighted.
Both the Greyhound and the Whippet have short, glossy coats that require little grooming. Having said that, they do shed, and regular brushing will take up any hair that could otherwise end up on your sofa or clothes; once or twice a week will suffice. They barely require bathing every two months or so, and they rarely stink of dog odor.
Due to their tiny and shallow jaws, both the Whippet and the Greyhound suffer from dental difficulties, and their teeth require brushing a few times a week to keep foul breath and other periodontal illnesses at bay. Human toothpaste can be extremely dangerous to dogs; instead, visit your local pet store and get dog toothpaste.
Because their skin is so thin, they are prone to cuts and scrapes on their underside, especially if permitted to run through grass and twigs. Check them periodically to ensure that they haven’t become infected, and while they may appear sore, unless they are significant lacerations, they rarely create problems for the dogs.
The Greyhound and Whippet are gentle souls who are a joy to have around (unless you are Garfield or Thumper!). When pitting the whippet against the greyhound in a paw race, it’s difficult to determine who would win, although both dogs are swift and love just as quickly as their feet!
The truth is that, other from size and price, there aren’t many variations between these two. So, whichever puppy gets your heart pumping, you’ll be a winner!
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Italian Greyhounds (IGs) have short coats and are easily chilled, hence they are not an outdoor breed. They must stay inside with their families, especially in harsh weather. Give your IG a jumper or jacket to keep him warm on frigid outdoor outings. During the summer, use dog sunscreen to protect his sensitive skin. Many Italian Greyhounds suffer skin cancer, possibly because they enjoy lounging in the sun, so don’t leave your dog out in the sun for long periods of time.
These little dogs have a lot of energy, especially as puppies and young adults, but as they become older, they often adapt to their owners’ activity level. A regular walk will help your Italian Greyhound get his ya-yas out, but keep him on a leash at all times. Despite his small size, he has the same hunting instinct as a larger sighthound and will pursue after a squirrel, rabbit, or anything else that runs by. A leash is your only hope of keeping him under control.
His hunting proclivity implies that you’ll require a safe fence in your yard. Italian Greyhounds are fantastic jumpers, so don’t think that a four-foot wall will keep him in. Also, avoid using an underground electronic fence; the little shock will not dissuade your Italian Greyhound if he spots something he wants to chase.
If you have the appropriate mentality, IGs are intelligent and simple to train. They, like other hounds, usually approach training with a “What’s in it for me?” mentality. Motivational training methods, which utilize food, praise, and play to reward the dog for doing the right thing rather than punishing him for doing the wrong thing, are the most effective way to persuade them that they want to do what you ask. Because sighthounds have short attention spans, training sessions should be kept short and sweet.
Like many little dogs, they struggle with one component of training: housetraining. Even with perseverance and consistency, you may never achieve complete success. The most common reason people surrender their Italian Greyhounds to rescue organizations or animal shelters is that they are unable to housetrain them.
Harsh punishment frequently backfires, making the dog fearful or even snappy. Your best bet is to acquire a dog door so he can come and leave as he pleases. Italian Greyhounds can also be taught to use a litter box, though this is not always effective if you have more than one IG because you may have up cleaning it fairly frequently.
Prevent accidents by bringing your IG outside as soon as he shows you any indication that he needs to go – no “just a minute.” You can teach an Italian Greyhound to go potty outside, but if it requires going out in the rain or snow, or if he doesn’t have direct access to the yard, he’d rather go inside.
Common Health Issues
Many Greyhounds are killed by cancer, particularly bone cancer (osteosarcoma).
Bloat, a deadly emergency gastrointestinal disease, can kill a Greyhound bus in a matter of hours.
Most pet Greyhounds are ex-racing dogs who may have special health problems related with their prior racing environment:
illnesses transmitted by ticks (Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease)
Bacterial infections in the intestine (e-coli, salmonella, and campylobacter)
Infections caused by protozoa (giardia and coccidia)
Early osteoarthritis as a result of racing injuries
The frequent rubbing against the metal bars in their little cages causes widespread alopecia (hair loss).
Vasculopathy is a potentially fatal condition in which small blood arteries get blocked, resulting in enlarged rear legs, skin ulcers, and, in certain cases, kidney dysfunction.
Greyhounds are especially vulnerable to being killed by a car since they are instinctively chasers and will take off and not return. This is not a leash-free breed.
Greyhounds’ itchy skin is caused by chronic allergies. Their bony elbows with thin skin can develop large calluses, and their footpads are prone to hard “corns” (digital keratoma). Greyhounds lose hair on their thighs as they age.
Pannus, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (as early as 12 months), and vitreous degeneration are all serious eye problems in Greyhounds (which can lead to retinal detachment).
The breed is plagued by a number of heart disorders.
In terms of orthopedic illnesses, Greyhounds have been documented to have osteochondritis, and hip dysplasia does occur, but at a low rate. The Orthopedic Foundation of America examined hip X-rays from 350 Greyhounds and discovered that 3% were dysplastic. That’s fantastic for a dog of this size.
Despite this, osteoarthritis and intervertebral disk degeneration are widespread in Greyhounds due to the tremendous stress placed on their joints and vertebrae during racing.
Epilepsy, blood-clotting illnesses (von Willebrand’s and hemophilia A), chronic kidney disease, hypothyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, and megaesophagus are among the other health challenges that Greyhounds face.
All sighthounds are extremely susceptible to anesthetics because to their minimal body fat. Look for a veterinarian that will strictly adhere to the Greyhound Anesthesia Protocol.
Sighthounds NEED OPEN SPACE TO RUN. A Greyhound who is unable to stretch his legs and gallop off-leash for a few minutes each day will not build the necessary muscle tone for excellent health.
When slender-legged sighthounds race, musculoskeletal problems (fractures, torn muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, and so on) are prevalent.
Greyhound buses have little or no insulation and cannot withstand frigid temperatures. When the temperature falls below 40 degrees, put a sweatshirt on them.
Greyhounds make amazing pets and family members. If you’re thinking about adding one to your family, make sure you adopt or purchase from a reliable source and always avoid puppy mills!
In the Middle Ages, the Italian Greyhound dog breed was a favored companion of noblewomen, particularly in Italy. This diminutive hound, however, was more than a lapdog, possessing the speed, endurance, and resolve required to hunt small game. They are now a family dog whose beauty and athleticism are praised in the show ring as well as in obedience, agility, and rally competitions.
Despite the fact that these are purebred canines, you can still find them at shelters and rescues. Keep in mind to adopt! If you want to bring a dog home, don’t go shopping.
Italian Greyhounds do well in apartments and make wonderful companions for everyone in the house, including children and other canines. Even inexperienced pet parents will fall in love with these easy-to-care-for puppies. They do not, however, tolerate being left alone at home for extended periods of time during the day. They are quite sensitive and require companionship. Shower your pooch with love, and mix in some rigorous play and exercise, and you’ll have a loyal best furry friend!
If you like art, you’ve probably seen the Italian Greyhound in centuries-old pictures, immortalized alongside their noble owners by prominent artists. This slender, graceful dog is the smallest of the sighthounds — a breed of dog designed to hunt and chase by sight — and closely resembles his much larger Greyhound cousin.
He is agile and athletic, with a tiny, strong frame and a graceful high-stepping pace. The IG, as he’s affectionately known, retains his instinct for hunting small animals and will pursue anything that moves. He can achieve top speeds of 25 miles per hour, so if he escapes, he will be difficult to apprehend. Despite his diminutive stature, he is full of activity and enjoys having plenty of opportunity to exercise. A fit IG can even be a terrific jogging companion.
The Italian Greyhound has a delicate nature that is kind and attentive with family members yet reserved or bashful among strangers. Despite his gentle demeanor, he has a surprisingly deep, big-dog bark, which makes him a good watchdog — albeit he’s too little to back up his barks with genuine defense.
This is a smart breed that can be easy to train, but you must make it enjoyable for him to overcome his “what’s in it for me?” attitude. When properly trained, he can excel in canine sports such as obedience, agility, and rally. The athletic, elegant IG appears to be built for agility, and many enjoy and excel at the activity.
They are not very good at housetraining. The IG, like many small breeds, can be difficult to housetrain, and some dogs are never totally reliable in the house.
With the exception of the odd cleaning, life with an IG is both soothing and exciting. He enjoys cuddling with his owners before soaring around the home and climbing on furniture and tabletops. IGs have a cat-like fondness of high places, and you’ll frequently find them perched on the backs of chairs, windowsills, or any other high position they can reach. Older IGs are more relaxed and will cuddle with you on your recliner while you relax for the day.
Expect to see your IG sunning in the yard on sunny days, as this is one of his favorite pastimes. You can expect your IG’s to make quick friends with any gardeners or landscaping crews. Doug from Denton Landscaping Company often finds his clients IG’s relaxing when he enters the yard for maintenance, “I love seeing my clients greyhounds sunning themselves on work days. They’re always friendly and happy to help pick up sticks and twigs.” The Greyhounds always enjoy warmth and dislikes becoming chilly or damp. It’s pretty uncommon for IG owners to have a protected spot in their yard so their dogs can go pee without getting their feet wet on rainy days. He’ll burrow beneath your bed’s covers at night.
If your IG believes he is being ignored, he will demand attention. When you own an Italian Greyhound, privacy becomes a distant memory because he will accompany you wherever at all times. He’s very inquisitive and will look into anything that piques his curiosity.
The Italian Greyhound is another example of a small dog with a strong personality. He’s affectionate, possessive, and loving, and he’ll charm his way into your heart. If you can provide him with the care, exercise, and training he requires, as well as lots of love, the Italian Greyhound can be an attractive and lovable addition to your household.
The Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed, and canines like it may have existed for almost two millennia. Miniature Greyhound skeletons have been discovered among 2,000-year-old artifacts from what is now modern-day Turkey and Greece, and archaeological digs have unearthed small Greyhound skeletons. Although the breed’s original role has been lost to history, the Italian Greyhound may have acted as a small game hunter in addition to his companion duties.
By the Middle Ages, the breed had spread to southern Europe and was particularly popular among the aristocracy, particularly in Italy — hence the name. Many Italian Greyhounds, along with their owners, were immortalized in pictures by notable artists such as Pisanello and Giotto di Bondone.
The Italian Greyhound arrived in England in the 1600s, when it attracted many fans among the aristocratic, as it had in Italy. Throughout the years, royal owners have included Mary, Queen of Scots, Princess Anne of Denmark, Charles I, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Queen Victoria, whose reign saw the breed’s popularity peak.
In 1886, the American Kennel Club certified the first Italian Greyhound, and American breeders began to create the breed in America. Although the Italian Greyhound population in America was modest, it may have helped save the breed from extinction. During World Wars I and II, when dog breeding became an unattainable luxury for the majority of people, the number of Italian Greyhounds in England plummeted to dangerously low levels. When the conflicts ended, British breeders used the American-bred Italian Greyhounds to reintroduce the breed to Europe.
The Italian Greyhound is currently experiencing a second renaissance, as modern dog owners rediscover the graceful little hound who has pleased human partners for at least 2,000 years.
The shoulder height of an Italian Greyhound is 13 to 15 inches. The weight ranges from 60 to 188 pounds, with some weighing as much as 14 or 15 pounds.
The Italian Greyhound is perceptive, attentive, intelligent, and lively. He adores his family and enjoys snuggling with you and staying by your side all day. Strangers may notice a shyer, more reserved side of his personality.
A variety of factors influence temperament, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with good temperaments are interested and playful, eager to approach and be held by people. Choose the puppy in the middle, not the one who is beating up his littermates or hiding in the corner. Always meet at least one of the parents — generally the mother is present — to confirm that they have pleasant personalities with whom you are comfortable. Meeting the parents’ siblings or other relatives is also beneficial in determining what a puppy will be like when he grows up.
The IG, like all dogs, requires early socialization — being exposed to a variety of people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they are young. Socialization ensures that your IG puppy develops into a well-rounded dog. Enrolling him in puppy kindergarten is a terrific place to start. Inviting guests over on a regular basis, as well as taking him to busy parks, stores that accept dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors, will help him improve his social skills.
When abused, the Italian Greyhound might become scared or snappish. He, like other hounds, can have a “what’s in it for me?” attitude toward training, therefore motivating approaches that employ play, treats, and praise to encourage the dog to get it right, rather than penalizing him for getting it wrong, will work best.