Updated: Aug 2
Whippets are a hidden gem in the purebred dog world for a lot of reasons, but unknown to those living whippetless is this fact: they do not require any grooming, no monthly expenses of $150 plus in coat management and no daily brushing to de-tangle knots. They also do not have an oily doggy odor like so many dogs do; meaning when whippets get wet they do not smell. No matter what anyone may tell you to the contrary, they do shed. If you have ever had a coated dog before, a whippet's shedding is trivial in comparison. In fact, they shed far less than our short and long haired cats (even after the long haired cats have been trimmed for the summer). So overall, we find whippets as a breed require very low maintenance in the grooming department. Now we will expound on what you should do for your whippet and when you should bathe them.
-Baths: really unless your dog has rolled in something foul, covered in mud or needs a good rub down after a strenuous day lure coursing, there really is no requirement for routine shampooing and conditioning their coat. They truly are a "spit and shine" breed. Now that being said you can easily bath your dog once or twice a year or if you notice their skin could use some deep conditioning. At Aureate we use the Artero product line and love it. (No we won't be giving away all our show secrets about how to prepare your whippet flawlessly for the show-ring as Envie is shown pictured below!) Make sure whatever product you use is designed for your dog's coat; do not use human shampoo and conditioner as dog's have a different skin pH.
Envie groomed to perfection and ready to hit the showring!