Whippets are incredibly social dogs, they love to be in the company of their owner as well as other dogs.
When it comes to choosing a second dog, it can be tricky to know where to turn, should you get another whippet? Or maybe something different?
In this post we answer, what are the best companion dogs for whippets? This is to ensure your pooches will be happy, healthy and friends forever.
Let’s get to it…
How To Know If You Should Get A Second Dog
When it comes to getting a second dog, you need to first understand if your current pooch is ready and wants another dog in its life.
Often dogs that are between the age of two and six years old are ready for the added responsibility of a new friend.
However, you need to ensure that they can handle another dog in the house before adding one to your whippet family.
It is also recommended by vets that dogs who live together sometimes do better with one another than those who don’t (this is because there will always be someone there to play with and protect them).
Another good reason for getting a second dog is that they can often mitigate an excess of energy.
This would be especially beneficial to whippets, who require plenty of exercise every day!
If you already have a whippet, but are curious about having another…
Dog Breeds That Are Compatible With Whippets
Below are some of the best companion dogs for whippets, but remember these are just a handful and there are plenty more wonderful breeds that will get along with your furry friend just fine.
Greyhounds make excellent companion dogs for whippets, because they are also sight hounds.
However, they do have a reputation for being slightly lazy.
Greyhounds are great with children and will happily let your whippet chase them around for hours, making them great companions for tiring each other out.
You should also consider that greyhounds were bred to hunt; if you can train your Whippet to walk on a leash and not to chase animals, you can keep your greyhound in a large fenced-in area in the back yard.
Just be sure to have lots of toys for dogs 2 dogs to share, because they will both likely want to claim all toys as their own!
Another great companion dog for whippets is the Italian Greyhound. These dogs require a lot of exercise and will happily chase your whippet around the yard, and they love it if you run along with them!
The Italian Greyhound is an affectionate and playful dog that thrives on human companionship.
This breed needs to be with its owner most or all of the time; they don’t do well when left alone and can also suffer from separation anxiety just like the whippet.
Italian Greyhounds and whippets get on like a house on fire and will be best friends, providing they are trained correctly and are both socialised properly.
Undoubtedly on of the best companion dog you can bring into your home is another beautiful whippet.
Whippets are social dogs that want to spend time with their owners, but they love it if you’re happy to run along at their side too.
Your whippet will definitely appreciate having another friend who’s just like them in the house.
The only problem that may arise is when food is around; although generally well behaved, they may become a bit greedy for their new friend’s food!
Labradors and whippets get along famously, they both have lots of energy and love to play so it’s the perfect match.
Labradors will also be your whippet’s best friend when they need comforting or protection, so where you go, your whippet will follow!
These dogs love walking, playing and of course, running so it’s the perfect way to exercise both of you.
Another great companion for your whippet is a springer spaniels.
Also used as working dogs, they are great around children and when it comes to training, they’re eager learners.
They love going on walks with you and your whippet friend, so expect a lot of three-way cuddles in the local park!
Springer spaniels are active dogs that will surely keep your whippet fit and active.
Beagles are excellent companions for whippets as they’re also incredibly intelligent and easy to train.
They adore going for walks and playing in the backyard, so they’ll love being your whippet’s buddy when you can’t take them out.
In addition, these breeds have a great temperament which is perfect if you live in an apartment or small house.
Beagles and whippets are the perfect pair for each other because they’re both very active and love to play.
Whippets and golden retrievers are great together because of their laidback, obedient natures.
They also make great running partners and will stick by your side on long walks if you don’t have time to take them out at the park.
Both active dogs with ever temperaments and a social nature, this pair is perfect for those that are looking for another active dog to add to their family home.
The chihuahua is a super affectionate breed and loves to be around people. They’re known for being protective of their owners, so they will be your best buddy no matter where you are in the house!
This is a great option if you live in a small apartment or a big household since this little guy is sure to get along with everyone.
Whippets are incredibly fast dogs that will love playing with your chihuahua, and don’t worry, they won’t mistake them for a rabbit!
The Irish wolfhound is an incredibly large and speedy dog that will keep up with your whippets agility and desire for speed.
Just like whippets, Irish wolfhound breeds are pack dogs that love to be with their owners all the time, so they will make great companions.
However, they can get a little rambunctious at times (just like whippets!) so it’s important not to leave these guys unattended small children or the elderly as they may run into them by accident and cause harm.
The french bulldog is a small breed dog that can be surprisingly fast!
They are also fiercely loyal, so they will stick by your side no matter what.
French bulldogs and whippets make the perfect duo as they both love to cuddle up on a couch and watch a good movie.
The Boston terrier is a small dog that is similar to the french bulldog – just as loyal – but they have more courage!
They may be small, but they sure aren’t shy!
Just like whippets, most Boston terriers are affection and love to be around other dogs, making them a great pair for whippets.
Whippets and poodles are both very smart breeds.
This trait, paired with the fact that they are both non-aggressive and usually don’t bark, makes them great companion dogs for each other.
Poodles love to be outside playing in the grass, so they’ll also enjoy some outdoor time with whippets!
Another breed that are compatible with whippets is the Labradoodle, which is a mix between Labrador Retrievers and standard, or miniature Poodles.
Labradoodles are known to be very intelligent, making them easy to train – just like whippets!
For those of you looking for a smaller sized dog that will bond with your whippet, consider getting a Corgi.
These dogs are known for their loyalty, which makes them great for whippets. Corgis are also very fun-loving, so they will be happy to play with you and your whippet for hours on end.
It’s advisable to really consider whether your whippet is going to be happy with another dog around the house before you go looking for another pooch.
If your whippet is above the age of six, it may become more of a challenge to introduce another dog, but if your whippet is young and full of energy.
The older they get the more time you will be able to spend with them both and more compatible the two dogs will be.
It’s also important to consider if you have the space for another dog, especially if you’re considering larger options such as the Irish Wolfhounds.
These are very large dogs that require space to run around, and are best suited to those that live in larger homes.
As a whole, your whippet will love to have another companion that they can bond and play with.
If you’re an active owner, and can spend time getting involved with their training and play-time.
A whippet is the perfect size for a companion dog that will cuddle up on the sofa when it’s movie night!
These dogs are very affectionate and love to be around their family.
It’s important to consider how your whippet will feel about introducing a new pup into the family before doing so, and to ensure that they get along.
Small dogs that require little space and exercise, and are best suited to those with a smaller home.
Hopefully this post has been valuable for you and you now know some of the best companion dogs for whippets.
Whippets are super social dogs and have a lot of love to give to you, and another dogs.
They will be very happy spending time with you and a dog friend that is of similar size and energy.
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