Looking for a Whippet?
Here are some quick tips about looking for a whippet in 2020 and beyond.
Our breeding program focuses on producing healthy, sound and wonderful whippets for the show ring and our home. Litters are often planned a year or more in advance. We can appreciate that it is challenging to find well bred, health tested whippets right now, but we would strongly encourage any potential buyers to make sure they work with a breeder who is health testing their dogs. Check out the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for health certificates.
What should you look for? Health Testing on both the Dam and Sire (along with the dogs behind them in the pedigree):
Annual CAER testing (eyes) sometime after the age of 2 years old
Echocardiogram by a board certified cardiologist every 1-2 years, starting when the whippet is at least 2 years of age
BAER testing (brainstem auditory evoked response which is a hearing test) optional
Discuss your goals with your breeder, a good breeder will not just sell you any puppy, but want to ensure you are well matched to a puppy that fits your temperament and lifestyle.
Expect to wait for a purposefully bred whippet puppy.
"A health guarantee" is not the same as buying a dog from health tested bloodlines from a breeder with transparency regarding their health testing practices.
Where to start? Right now most breeders waitlists are already full for their 2021 litters. That being said reach out to those listed as members of our National Breed Club (National Whippet Club of Canada) or members of the American Whippet Club.
Finding the right dog for you and your family is also about finding the "right" breeder. You want to find someone you feel comfortable with and can be a resource for you throughout the life of your dog.