Will a Whippet protect you?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Whippets are not known for their protective instincts. They are a breed that is more inclined towards being gentle and non-aggressive. While they may bark to alert you of something unusual or unfamiliar, they are not typically considered to be effective protection dogs.

Whippets are generally friendly and sociable dogs. They are known for their affectionate nature and desire to be close to their owners. This means that they are more likely to seek your company and want to be touching you even when they sleep. They enjoy being part of the family and are often referred to as “velcro dogs” because of their tendency to stick close to their owners.

However, when it comes to protecting you or your property, whippets are not the best choice. They are not naturally territorial or possessive, and their friendly demeanor makes them more likely to greet strangers with wagging tails rather than acting as a deterrent. They are not known for their guarding instincts or aggressive behavior towards potential threats.

In fact, the biggest danger that whippets can pose to people is inadvertently caused by their wagging tails. Whippets have long and whip-like tails that can pack quite a punch when they get excited. If their wagging tail smacks against your leg, it can leave welts or even bruises. While this is not intentional on their part, it is something to be mindful of, especially if you have small children or are prone to easily bruising.

It’s important to understand that breed characteristics play a significant role in a dog’s behavior, and whippets are simply not bred for protection. They are more suited to be companion animals, excelling in activities like lure coursing or agility. If you are looking for a dog that will provide protection, there are other breeds specifically bred for that purpose, such as German Shepherds or Doberman Pinschers.

While whippets are wonderful family pets and provide companionship and affection, they are not suitable as protection dogs. Their gentle and non-aggressive nature, coupled with their desire to be close to their owners, make them better suited for being loving family members rather than guard dogs.