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    When people enquire as to the Whippet temperament, Greyhounds and IG I always classify the Whippet as a Greyhound with a more zip.

    Italian Greyhounds are completely different and IMO not an easy breed.

    Whippets are a very easy breed, good for the novice owner, much like I would classify a Cavalier, IG's are not.

    Whippets suit most lifestyles. They can be indoors or outdoors, suit the elderly or a jogger. Toilet training and house manners come almost naturally (almost cat like) and I don't find them a particularly dominant breed. So good for the person who wants to treat them like a baby in so far as the Whippet will not take over leadership in a pushy way.

    Whippets love the company of other Whippets in particular, but will settle for canine company of any breed rather than be on their own.

    Their down side is that when they play, it is rough and it is noisy, yet they don't bark much at all. When they bark you look. Their skin tears very easily, they crave the couch and soft furnishings so if you don't like dogs on beds or lounges make sure the dog bed is very soft. A big cat igloo is their idea of heaven or better yet your lap.

    I've heard about the IG's difficulty with toilet training and excitability but not the aggression, but then the person I know with them has had them for years.

    I hope your friend can work out her problems and contacts Ash or someone else with knowledge of the breed before things get any worse.

    Oops.....sorry for the Whippet ramble, I've got to give them a plug where I can.

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    Yeh they are verry cat like in their arrogance. They live up to the hound part of their name, if they dont want to do it, usually they wont. But they can be very sociable little people, it just takes a bit of work. It anoys me when an iggy breeder does not let people know of the down sides to owning the breed, they always end up with problems!

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    Ash are you talking about the Whippet or the IG??

    I've found the Whippet very easy to train and amenable to doing whatever task required of them.

    It cannot be done with the same repetition as say the Kelpie or BC, but I've also found that the Whippet is not trying to be 10 steps in front of you (figuratively).

    As for the IG, I'd give them a wide berth myself, but then I like an easy life these days.

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