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Italian Greyhound vs Whippet Which is Better? Dog vs Dog


You’re Watching Animal Facts! Italian Greyhounds and Whippets aren’t just
similar breeds, they’re family! So, there’s a good reason why they are frequently
confused. There are some similarities between the two,
which can be attributed to their shared sighthound status as well as their shared origins. But, we shouldn’t mistake them, as they are
quite distinctive breeds. Let’s compare the Whippet and the Italian
Greyhound in our on-going series, Dog vs. Dog. Let’s get started, but before we start,
make sure to hit that subscribe button and click the bell icon to become part of our
notification squad. History The older of the two breeds is the Italian
Greyhound, which despite its name does not descend from the modern Greyhound. Archaeological evidence suggests that Italian
Greyhounds were bred as noble companions some 2 or 3 thousand years ago in the region that
is now Greece and Turkey when the mighty Roman Empire ruled in the Mediterranean, where archaeological
digs have turned up small Greyhound skeletons. The breed’s original purpose has been lost
to history, but the Italian Greyhound likely served as a hunter of small game in addition
to duties as a companion. By the Middle Ages, the breed had made its
way to southern Europe and was very popular among the aristocracy, especially in Italy
— hence where it got its name. In the 17th century, the Iggy, as it is sometimes
called, arrived in England, where, as in Italy, it found many fans among the nobility. Royal owners throughout the centuries include
Mary, Queen of Scots, Princess Anne of Denmark, Charles I, Frederick the Great of Prussia,
and Queen Victoria, during whose reign the breed’s popularity peaked. Unlike the Italian Greyhound, the Whippet
is a fairly modern breed, not much more than a couple of hundred years old. The breed was developed in Northern England,
specifically Lancashire and Yorkshire, most likely during the late 18th century, by crossing
Greyhounds with fast, long-legged terriers. The result was a small, swift dog frequently
used by hunters to hunt rabbits and other small game. The Whippet became popular with working men
in Northern England, who spent their free time seeing whose Whippets could kill the
most rabbits or rats or which was the fastest. Whippet races usually took place on a straight
track that spread down roads and across fields. The Whippets would chase a piece of cloth
or rag, and the contests became known as rag races. Size Italian Greyhounds are the smaller of the
two, in fact, it is the smallest of the sighthounds, standing 13 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. Their weight ranges from 6 to 10 pounds, with
some as large as 14 or 15 pounds. A Whippet can range between 18 to 22 inches
tall at the shoulder. Their weight ranges from 18 to 48 pounds,
with females being smaller, averaging 29 pounds. Coats and Colors When it comes to appearance, size is not the
only difference in these two breeds. An Iggy’s short coat looks glossy like satin
and feels soft to the touch. You’ll find it in all shades of fawn, cream,
red, blue, or black, either solid or with white markings. The Whippet’s short, smooth coat lies close
to the body. It can be any color or color combination known
to dogdom. You’ll see Whippets in black, white, red,
fawn, blue, cream, brindle, with various combinations of those colors and a wide variety of spots,
blazes, and patches. Both breeds are considered to have easy-care
coats. With either breed, all you really need to
do is brush it when it gets dusty, and bathe the dog when it’s rolled in something smelly. Be careful about cold weather. Neither breed’s short, single coat is well
suited for cold weather climates. Your pooch would rather be cuddled up under
a blanket. Personalities Overall, either breed can be a loving family
companion, even for novice owners. Neither likes to be left alone for long periods
of time. The Italian Greyhound is sensitive, alert,
smart, and playful. They are affectionate with family, and love
to snuggle with you and stick close to your side all day. Strangers may see a more shy, reserved side
of this personality. Amiable, friendly, loves to snuggle, quiet,
and gentle at home, the Whippet is alert and makes an excellent watchdog. Guard dog? Not so much. Your Whippet happily greets any stranger. The Whippet is very child-friendly. The Italian Greyhound does okay around kids
but is not as tolerant as the Whippet. Both breeds are ok with other dogs and usually
cats, but smaller pets such as bunnies are a no-go, as they have a high chase drive. The Italian Greyhound has an above-average
tendency to bark, while the Whippet has a low tendency to bark. Trainability Both the Italian Greyhound and the Whippet
are good for new owners. In intelligence, the Italian Greyhound has
a slight advantage over the Whippet and tends to be more focused and patient with training. Although they’re fairly clever, Italian Greyhounds
have short attention span and a “what’s in it for me?” attitude toward training. But, neither breed is particularly independent
or dominant, and with patient training can learn all the commands you wish to impart
upon them with rewards of food and praise. This breed can be extremely difficult to housetrain. Your Italian Greyhound may never be totally
trustworthy in the house. A doggy door can help, but having the dog
live outdoors is not an option you should ever consider. Activity Levels The Whippet is the fastest domesticated animal
of his weight, capable of speeds up to 35 mph, easily outpacing the Italian Greyhound’s
top speed of about 25mph, which is still pretty quick. Both dogs are considered medium energy levels
and require a fair amount of exercise. Both need daily exercise and will enjoy romping
and running in a fenced yard or on a leash. Health and Lifespan Both the Italian Greyhound and Whippet have
an average lifespan of between 12-15 years. Both breeds can have ailments, as with any
breed, but overall, you can expect fewer vet bills with a Whippet than with an Iggy. Common ailments affecting the Whippet are
eye disease and a blood disease that keeps the blood from clotting normally called von
Willebrand’s Disease. The Italian Greyhound has a whole list of
common ailments, including eye diseases such as Cataracts, Vitreous Degeneration, and Progressive
Retinal Atrophy, von Willebrand’s Disease, Hypothyroidism, Allergies, Hip Dysplasia,
Epilepsy, and Portosystemic Shunt, an abnormal blood flow between the liver and the body. Many of these health concerns can be minimized
by selecting a good breeder if adopting a puppy. We encourage thorough research before acquiring
a puppy of any breed. Both dogs have drug sensitivity. Sighthounds, including Whippets and Iggies,
are sensitive to anesthesia and some other drugs. A normal dose for any other dog of similar
size can be fatal, probably because of the low percentage of body fat. Choose a veterinarian who is aware of this
sensitivity in sighthounds and will know how to dose pooch. So, which of these splendid sighthounds do
you pick? Let us know in the comments. If you’re considering one of these dogs
or any other breed for that matter, remember there are breed specific rescue organizations
all over the world that are usually a Google search away. If there are other breeds you’d like us
to compare, shout them out, we’ll give them a look. If you like this video, check out some of
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  • I have 2 Italian greyhounds extremely hard to toilet train and a lurcher and have 2 bunnies and my 2 Italian greyhounds loves them

  • I had both an Italian grey hound and a whippet. The whippet never barked. I loved them both equally and cried for two ye.ars after I lost them

  • I had an Italian Greyhound that was so was so abused (used for breeding only) I let her teach me what she needed she was an awesome dog . She was always always to afraid to potty out side so I bought her washable hospital pads to go on she (Wileh Mina Murray Harker) was just so great they really do cling to someone that loves them.

  • whippit best the other is a toy dog stop the inbreeding for show trates and breed for working for the love of the dog pls

  • Love Whippets! They are the perfect dog. Kind ,loving, silent and a perfect size. A much more robust dog than you might believe.

  • Had an Iggy for 13 years. He was the most loving creature I have ever had. I miss him terribly. It's been a year and I still come home and open the door as if he may be just on the other side. All that said, I would get a whippet when I am ready. Can't wait to be less busy so I can own one responsibly.

  • Iggys all the way. I lost mine a year ago at the age of 18. He was such a great dog. He was hard to housebreak but we finally did it and when we got a toy poodle and used puppy pads he taught himself to use them too. Which solved the problem of accidents. He never had any major health issues. He got along with my cats, ferrets, guinea pigs , birds and my poodle. He was fine with dogs who were not bigger than him but was scared of dogs who were until he got to know them. I plan to have another because a home is not a home without an Iggy.

  • I'd choose a Whippet but they are actually too big for me and require more excercise than I am able to provide, so it would have to be an IG.

  • Disagree on welcoming all in your house. My Italian Greyhound is very protective of not only those in the house but me, she sniffs the person 1st before allowing me to let them in. Watch thier movement + sits in between me + my guest.. Also when I was sick she would check on me + lay on my bed + growl if anyone came near. But she would show these traits with others in the family. It was her mother instinct. Italian Greyhounds are very intelligent and very self-taught.

  • We have had one Whippet who lived 16 years and four Italian Greyhounds. As the video said, the Whippet was by far the longest living and healthiest of any dog I’ve had. I do find distinct differences in the personalities of the two breeds. The Italian Greyhounds are very loving and slightly “needier” than the one Whippet I’ve had and miss desperately since he passed in 2016. They (Whippets) are difficult to find where I live or I’d already have another one. I will eventually have another. Both breeds are hilarious and are the main source of laughter in my life on a daily basis. There is no way I can choose one over the other. The video did not mention the necessary dental cleaning if the IG, in particular. You cannot go wrong (or have just one) of either breed. They become an obsession.❤️❤️

  • March 2019 Dog pee pads like the company 'Top Paw' can really help the quality of life for dogs. Pee pads could save about one billion dogs every year, from being returned to the shelters. Just put it on top of a linoleum kitchen floor, or line the inside of a wide, long, shallow plastic box (designed for top shelf or under the bed storage of sweaters or holiday decorations) about 16" by 20" or similar. I found my clear plastic storage boxes at Target, after Christmas sales. Ideally, have about four ready go, 24 hours a day, especially while you sleep. This will make your dog or dogs much more calm and happy. Before I bought the pee pads, they were tense and anxious from holding their bladder tight, waiting for the walk. They like to keep their paws neat and clean, so put out the pads outside of the box, in case they accidentally get their paws wet. I have two shelter rescue dogs. They look similar to the dogs in the video, but mixed with at least three other breeds. They really love to run. Training improves when you 'think out loud' in a quiet, calm voice. They seem to pick up new words and meaning. They definitely stay quieter and calmer if you 'think out loud' in a quiet, calm voice. Each pet enjoys hearing his or her name matched to a calming song. For example, 'Over the Rainbow,' from the film, 'The Wizard of Oz.' I hope the above tips will help other people with their dog training and prevent shelter returns. The best tip that the trainer Cesaer Millan gave was that almost all bad behavior can be reduced with more frequent or longer dog walks.

  • Hi…I have an Italian Greyhound and just can’t say enough about her personality and train ability. She’s my love .

  • I have a whippet they are the most loving and cuddly dog's, and very gentle around kids. Never hear a bad word said about sighthounds. I don't agree they are burglars best friend, my girls barks at every person coming in my gate. Very loyal and she makes us laugh everyday. Only bad thing is you can't get your bed to yourself or a chair as they practically lie on top of you.

  • House training, ive got an Iggy, up, duly potty trained, but after 4 years, we always look down when we enterthe bathroom. Loves to leave POOP. Lol, and being me dead lizards. I live in Florida

  • Make sure to tell the history of your an cermet it helps them grow, don’t compare your an cermet to other dogs it does not help them grow.

  • Italian Greyhound all the way they are way better than whippets or any dog mine are the best I have 3!

  • We have a rescue Greyhound (our 3rd one) and I have met a few Whippets & Italian Greyhounds, I found this video helpful to distinguish between the Whippet & IGGies but they all look the same to me. So precious all of them- please consider rescue. Thank you for this video

  • Wheapeets are oversized cearmats. Doant let your cersments in coald areas, thay will groawh too much

  • Love IGs, but will always have Whippets. (We've had five!) Don't rule out rescuing a senior Whippet, they are absolutely wonderful. Whippet puppies are fun and adorable, but are like living with a crazy squirrel. Also, Whips of any age don't like to be separated from their people. And oh yeah, you can't keep them out of your bed! :-]

  • I can't find a single video on the internet about Italian greyhounds without a comment about watering your cermit so it can grow

  • videos dont do it justice to how fast these dogs truly are.i once saw one running around in real life…it was like a rocket.you could hear the grass getting cut while he zoomed through it

  • I just bought an Iggy and the video wasn’t kidding about the house training. It has been a struggle and our little guy is 12 wks and still has not used the bathroom outside. Ugh! I still love him though. Any tips?

  • Iggy all the way! great dog. i don't know what you mean by "barking a lot" i have been around plenty of iggys in my day and i have NEVER heard one bark. EVER.

  • I have both, Jegs, a whippet, and Reema, an Italian greyhound, Love them so much!!! Everyone has such unique personality 😘🥰🤗

  • I think my daughter spends more on her Italian Grey than her daughter, and I am not exaggerating. From this video, a Whippet sounds less needy in a number of ways. I wonder if they shake as much as an IG.

  • I have a whippet pit mix and she has the speed of her whippet side and the energy of her pitty side so it’s kinda insane

  • My dog is only half whippet and she shows a lot of these signs already (LOL). She does her daily "zoomies" from one end of the house to the other without fail.

  • Love them both, but I had a whippet for 14 years so gotta side with them. The most tolerant and patient dog I've ever known ❤️❤️

  • Sighthounds are the most elegant, beautiful and convenient dog's breed. Whippets are nicest  and most human-loving  pets between all sighthounds. Additionally whippets are gentle, healthy, odorless and very quiet. Italian greyhounds are prone to broken bones and somewhat annoying because of frequent barking. The choice is simple….

  • I rescued an Italian Greyhuahua who had been badly abused. It took him quite some time to recover, but he's been fabulous. Love iggys!

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