Are Whippets cuddly dogs? Here’s the Answer

Why Do Whippets Love to Cuddle?

Cuddling is more than just giving the message of love and care. For dogs such as the Whippet, Cuddling would mean security, emotional bonding, and attention.

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The feeling of touch is a sort of security for the Whippet. This reaffirms that you, as the pet owner, still love him and are still willing to take care of him. Since dogs may feel insecure, constant petting will prevent them from having separation anxiety. If you come to think of it, this family companion will most likely feel isolated and unimportant when ignored or left alone on his own for too long. Since he is naturally social, if he is denied pets and rubs, he may resort to running away or exhibit destructive behaviors.

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Dogs and humans are alike in so many ways. This might explain why dogs have gotten closer to us for hundreds of centuries. For a Whippet, having an emotional bond with his family provides a soothing feeling that would make him feel better, thus making him more behaved as a pet.

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Whippets love attention! The moment he thinks of you as the only person whom he could rely on, he will do his best not to upset you. Hence, he may manifest attention-seeking behaviors such as asking to be petted even if you’re having a conversation with a friend. The moment you reciprocate the attention, he will be comforted and hopeful that you will continue to take care of him.


People are always shocked when we tell them that our whippets are actually very lazy little couch potatoes. After their bursts of energy, they can usually be found wrapped in a blanket on the sofa or in one of their many beds around the house. They love sleeping and spend a good amount of their day doing just that.

Are Whippets cuddly dogs?

Are Whippets cuddly dogs?


The beautifully long limbed hounds are so regal. They nonchalantly strike a pose in every position and can model any fleece or pyjama outfit with class and panache. The supermodel of the dog world, don’t be surprised if you develop an obsession of photographing your whippet. It is a natural response to such a thing of beauty, please don’t worry!

Whippet Pros And Cons | Should You REALLY Get A WHIPPET?

The AKC Standard says the Whippet is “amiable, friendly, gentle, but capable of great intensity during sporting pursuits.”

The Whippet, of course, looks like a small Greyhound. Both breeds are members of the sighthound family, which hunts prey animals (rats, rabbits, etc.) by spotting movement and running the unfortunate animal down blazing speed.

The Whippet is sweet-natured and docile, yet playful and athletic. The same dog who will curl up under the blankets – a perfect couch potato, sleeping for hours – will tear enthusiastically around the yard, darting and zigzagging and turning on a dime without slowing down.

Whippets love running games and require short bursts of vigorous exercise each day. The area must be fenced, for this racy breed is the fastest dog of his weight: he can run up to 35 mph.

Whippet puppies can be mischievous and destructive, but adults are calm, undemanding, and unobtrusive indoors, trotting around with a light-footed easy grace and seldom making a peep. They do insist on the luxury of being up on the furniture, so if this offends you, you shouldnt consider a sighthound.

Polite with strangers, the Whippet should be accustomed to people and noises at an early age. He is peaceful with other dogs but has a high prey drive and cannot be trusted with smaller pets.

Whippets are mildly stubborn, but also very sensitive. They respond favorably only to calm, upbeat training methods that emphasize praise and food.

Most sighthounds tend to be touch-sensitive, tending to startle a bit when touched unexpectedly or grabbed for a hug.

Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.

About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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