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    Question Whippets

    Are whippets fun, kid friendly dogs. I really interested in getting one or maybe a greyhound.

    What do I want it for you may ask - well I am about to have a baby and really want to get fit after the baby is born and need a walking partner. Current partner is a little foxy and I spend more time carrying him then he spends walking.

    Have heard whippets or greyhounds are the go. Live on acres in the southern highlands of NSW, so space is not a problem.

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    My boy Tony is a greyhound, they are great pets and are very friendly.

    If you are wanting a very active dog though then greyhounds arent the way to go, they spend most of their time sleeping

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    I can't really help you there as I don't know much about these 2 breeds but what i wanted to say is that it's so good to see new mums wanting a dog/dogs in the family. I've seen so many get rid of their dogs once the baby arrives
    Ohhh...have you considered a staffordshire bull terrier? They're nicknamed "nanny dog" as most are good with kids. They love exercise, but also just happy doing what you're doing.

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    I wouldn't advise a Whippet with a very young child. Not because of their temperaments. Most are polite, gentle dogs.

    However a Whippet moves like greased lightning and when he's running and your little one is toddling on unsteady feet the child could easily be knocked over. Sighthounds won't usually crash into a person unless you move but you can't explain this to a toddler. Also that skinny tail can cut like a whip when it wags. Not nice on a little one's face.

    Our Whippet is great with our 6 and 9 year olds but I would not personally have one with a child under 5.

    If you want a dog that loves exercise perhaps think about a Kelpie type. A working Kelpie can easily run 50k during a day's work.

    Good luck with whatever breed or mixture you choose.

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    I wouldnt go a kelpie, yes, they will keep you very motivated to run, but they arnt the best around young kids, they have a tendency to try and keep young kids in a corner and not letting them move, from experiance.
    A staffy would be good or even the typical Lab or Golden retriever, but please dont let them become one of those huge overweight dogs!

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    I own a staffordshire bull terrier almost 8 months old and a 10 y old lab, And both dogs are great with kids, I have kids. And both dogs love there exercise.

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    My xbreed girl (border collieX?) is very gentle with kids and babies that visit. Just had a new born over tonight and she was sooooo good and she loves exercise.

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    I'd have either around kids, but all my kids were raised with sighthounds... It depends most on the individual dog. Some whippets are more sensitive and may not like a busy houseold, but some thrive off it. Greyhounds are the same. The good thing about Greys is that they normally go through a rescue group or GAP so their temperaments are assesed and well known.
    Last edited by Nattylou; 08-11-2009 at 09:52 PM.

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    As mentioned before if you are looking for a greyhound id highly recommend getting one through the GAP program, they are easy to deal with and all have had time to settle into everyday life.

    You can also return the dog you choose if it doesnt interact properly with your child although i would doubt it as they are very gently loving dogs.

    I have only ever heard Tony bark twice in 2 years and never heard him growl even if you touch his food when his eating.

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