Comments on whippets and their crosses
Paul & Sue:
We have a whipjack pup. Mum was a whippet and dad a jack russell.
We can highly recommend this cross, our bitch is really fast
nearly as quick as our greyhound. She has a lovely temprament
and is very easy to train. She is also very affectionate. The
chap we bought her from bred her as a working dog as she is
double coated. We bought her as company for our rescue greyhound
as we dont have the space for two large dogs. I can honestly say
she has been brilliant, and has been no trouble.
I have a whippet x staffy I am finding him very hard to train we
have had a huge problem with him barking I don't want to have to
get him debarked. He's just over 2 years old and I love him to
pieces. If anyone can give me advice on this type of breed
for anything I would love to hear from you.
Pat comments: This sounds like a dog that could be ideal
for agility. The energy of the staffie combined with the
speed of the whippet could be amazing. However, neither of
these breeds are easy. Whippets are hounds and they don't
always listen. Staffies can be wilful. You need to
be firm but fair with them. I would go along to training
classes or ask the advice of a professional trainer. When
you have more control, do think about agility. You could
do some training in your back garden. It would tire your
dog and give him something to think about.
I have a pure bred whippet, and I'm having trouble house
training hI'm, he's about 4 mths old, and still messing
everywhere, he'll even stand there in front of us an do it. we
even put hI'm outside an when he comes back in he still does it.
losing patience with hI'm fast we are.....I'm hoping to race
hI'm for a bit of fun in the future but we must get over this
I have a 4 1/2 year old pedigree Whippet that is the most laid
back and lazy whippet going but he has been doing agility for
about 6 months and is really good. He is a lot calmer than other
dogs around the course and therefore much easier to keep control
of and he looks so graceful. Whippets can be nervous and can
take longer to master some of the course, such as tunnels. To
make matters even worse, my whippet isn't food or toy
orientated, but if I can manage it and have fun with my Whippet
Dexter, anyone can.
We have two 14 week old whippet cross with jack russell pups -
brother and sister and they are adorable. Any advice on when we
should have them both neureted would be good as professional
advice has been a bit vague. Thanks.
I really want to know why people don't know about the cute
energetic whippet cross jack russell coz they are soo cute and I
had one called Bella so I don't know why there are no photos or
any thing for them because they are a lovely breed as I have
said alot in the piece of writing.
I have a pure bred whippet who is progressing really well with
agility. She is very agile and ball obsessed so has been quite
easy to train. I had to really persevere with obedience training
first as she found it boring at tI'mes and soon switched off.
However, having mastered keeping her attention through
motivation, then adding the speed of agility, she has really
taken to it. I have a couple of jumps up in the garden and I
have spotted her, through the window, hopping over them on her
own! She absolutely loves it, but unlike the more hyperactive
breeds, once she's had her run, she just curls up and goes to
sleep! She's so cool!!!
My terrier cross whippet is an obedient dog that wood rather
sleep the day away and have cuddles allday she is the cutist dog
ever more like family
I have a whippet she is the best but when it comes to training she was is ok but
only if you had something good to eat and only if she wanted to. I also have lots
of animals and she gets on well with them all. My boy and Dash all play together it
is like having 3 kids in the house. I am so happy to have this breed.
Have a whippet that enjoys agility, but more difficult to train with tunnel if
it can't see through
I have the most loveable whippet Jack Russell Cross. He is very very fast and
playful. He is obedient 90% of the time but can be a bit unpredictable and
wilful and can refuse to come back if he is chasing a rabbit in the wild.
We have a Whippet/ Miniature Fox Terrier
A very lovely dog, with a great temperament.
Quite difficult to train as she is she is quite a free spirit and independent
I've got a whippet/jack russell. She's 4 and is very shy but I did used to work with her
at agility but she likes tracking better.
I have a 5 year old whippet/sheepdog cross MAX, very loyal dog, easy to train until
he spots a bird or cat, loves the thrill of the chase but once he catches up with
his prey, he just starts barking for them to take off again. Loves company and
affection, almost human like!!! Im convinced he even knows what im thinking. Max
loves to travel in the car with me and cannon get enough exercise, loves the
woodlands and freedom of the beach.......can't say enough about him
really......wouldn't part with him for the world..
I have a rescued whippet cross, what with I dont know as she was a stray. She is
really lazy when it just the family at home and prefers to be upstairs sound asleep
in the bed, but the very second anyone enters the house she goes absolutely beserk,
litterally juming on theryre heads, and no amount of training has calmed her down.
Even when people ignore her it makes her worse. Its a lost cause, but I still adore
I own a pure bred whippet and he is the easiest dog in the world to train.He was
house trained within a week!
Will I be able to let my whippet cross lurcher off lead? He is 2
years old got from home. I've got him to sit. He's good on lead till he
finds birds or others. Very loving and stupid,
or has he got that killing in him and can't let him off lead?
Pat comments: Chris, it's very difficult to tell when you can't see
the dog and how he's behaving. Most dogs have a hunting instinct
but it's more pronounced with some dogs than with others. Lurchers
are bred to hunt but they will come back off the lead if they are
properly trained. You need to find someone who knows the breed to
give you advice. I would suggest that you contact a local dog
My dog is a jack russell cross breed whippett and is sooooooooooooo cute he has
massive ears and looks like a gremlin!
Thinking of buying jack x whippet as pet.
I have kids and a cat.
Good idea or not?
Pat Comments: Possibly not. Terriers are quite strong willed
and they need a firm hand sometimes. Whippets can tend to be a bit
difficult as well and a cross like this may turn out to be a cat chaser.
Children generally like to have dogs that they can play with and train
easily. They like to be able to hold the lead if you go out for a walk
and they may want to go to family dog shows or do some agility in the
garden. Cavalier King Charles spaniels and their crosses make
excellent pets for children. They are real little spaniels and
they're easy to train. Miniature poodles are also excellent and
they don't shed their hair. In general you want a dog that's
easily trained and small enough for the children, and even tempered
enough for the cat.
I find whippets easy to train if you give them a reason to obey. Most of the dogs
I've met are very very food motivated though they do have the attention span of a
gnat (Heehee). Once they get it down they'll trip over themselves to do it for you.
Mind you I've lived and trained with birds and dogs are FAR easier to train!
Because she is part whippet Dasha can get a bit fast and hyper but once she is
under control she can channel all her energy into the agility course. She is
fantastic at jumping and the pause, but she is quite nervous so the a frame was a
Jess (Whippet / collie
Always lovely natured and a very calm dog indoors. easy to train, needs quite a lot
of exercise, gets bored quickly, can be very fast.
Whisky is a whippet Husky mix.
He is still a puppy but my son and the puppy get along wonderfully.
I'm thinking of getting a whippet and teaching it agility! Has anyone got any advice to help me out.
Pat comments: If you join our forum you'll
find lots of people who are willing to help. A whippet might
not be the best choice for a first agility dog as they are typical
hounds. They don't all have a great attention span and as others
have commented they love to sniff. It's not a fault, it's part of
their make-up. A whippet needs consistent and careful training and
you may have to be a bit firmer than you would be with other dogs.
- Alsatian x Whippet):
Easy to train, obedient and cute!
She's fast doing contacts well and fun. Not the
easiest to train but she gets it
in the end.
I have a whippet cross terrier she has a lovely
temperament and is very playful. She
gets on with other dogs when she's out. She thinks that she can play with
cats but I
don't let her. she lives with me and my carer and also with my 3 Guinea
hamster and 2 Gerbils but she leaves them alone.
Elaine (Whippet and possibly
Sasha is the most graceful, kindest, most loving dog I've
ever owned, and she excels at the athletic part of agility, but...she has a training
attention span of
about 20 minutes and is not very treat motivated. When boredom
sets in, she'd just
as soon go home and snuggle on her couch, thank you very much. Can
she do the
physical part of agility? ABSOLUTELY YES, and she looks stunning!
Does she want
to? Only if the mood strikes her and we don't do it too long (but
I love her
Jack Russell / Whippet Cross
(small and easy to train):
She is very fast!!
This type of breed would be brilliant at agility as the
obstacles themselves are no problem, keeping her attention and preventing her from sniffing is the
(This one came into the "Oh Dear" category for
ease of training.)
Shaun Jackson, who has a whippet/doberman cross, says:
"She is very fast and
enthusiastic, she beats my collie by 5 secs on a easy jumping
course. Not for the faint hearted. We are both still beginners."
Comments received on the whippet/terrier
"Terriers have a mind
of their own but their smart and quick to learn (once they put
their minds to it!!) - training was challenging - but the hard
work pays off... they may not be as quick as a Collie but they
add a little variety!"
Kay Oxley writes:
I have a kelpie x whippet (probably, as she is a
rescue) She is a delight to train and
very, very athletic, but doesn't have the 'drive' that you see
in many herding breeds. Of course it
depends on what else is in there other that whippet, but I
would suggest that these dogs are excellent for people
new to the sport as they are keen and
capable without being manic.
Kay adds further comments:
"My little lurcher is a delight and has managed lots of
top 10 Starter places this year. She is sweet, willing and
incredibly athletic. The only consideration is that - like lots
of lurchers - she has limited concentration and would be very
easy to overtrain. The only reason I am not going for another
one is that my pure bred kelpie (a flaming nightmare to train!)
has got so far under my skin with his character, intelligence
and 'kelpie traits'(nothing to do with agility) that I can't
imagine having any other breed in future, but this is in no way
detrimental to the lovely lurchers."
of obedience training before starting agility. Our
dog has a tendency to wander off sniffing if there is anything
more interesting on the ground!"