Poetic Charms Whippets



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As we walk down life's path, isn't it nice to have a noble dog to walk life's path with us. Dogs love us unconditionally, they're always forgiving, they never judge us and they are always thrilled to see us any time of the day or night. Dogs are known to willingly give their lives for us. Have you ever taken the time to spell dog backwards? Isn't it wonderful that God created such an animal with the same qualities as himself to walk through life with us?

I'd like to Welcome you to Poetic Charms Whippets where I show and occassionally breed and raise a litter of puppies. All of my dogs are kept in my home and raised under foot. I do not house any of my dogs in outside kennel runs. All of my dogs and puppies (when available) are considered dual registered with AKC (American Kennel Club) and UKC (United Kennel Club). At the present time, my dogs are competing in UKC Conformation Shows however, my plans are to start showing them in AKC's Conformation Shows in the near future. I do not breed on any given time table so puppies are for sale on a limited basis. I also do not keep a running list of interested buyers so please check back often if you are considering one of my puppies. I place puppies and adults in SIGHT HOUND EXPERIENCED and APPROVED homes ONLY. I place puppies in pet homes as well as show homes. I require an appliation and I do reference and vet checks. I DO NOT ship.

I love Whippets for many different reasons including the fact that they are gentle, loyal, quiet, loving, clean and require very little grooming. These same reason are appealing to many different people as well. However, before any person chooses their next breed of dog, I would suggest that they do their research so that they know the pros and cons of owning that particular breed of dog which includes the Whippet. After all, not every dog suits the lifestyle of the person wanting a particular breed of dog.

When given the proper nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care, most whippets can live for 12 to 16 years with a select few living 17 to 18 years. Whippets are a member of the Sight Hound Group and were bred to hunt by sight. They are among one of the fastest dogs on record, running at 36 mph. They can run 200 yards in under 12 seconds with little to no effort on their part. This is one of the many reasons why Whippets should never be let off of a leash unless it is in the confines of a fencened in yard. Not only does this breed need the safety and security of a fenced in yard, the Whippet needs to be kept inside as a house dog because their lean body mass with little to no fat and short coats do not provide insulation to with-stand prolonged periods in cold temperatures. While they love to be outside and sunbathe, it isn't healthy for them to spend extended periods of time lounging in the hot summer heat/sun. Whippets can and do get sun burnt which over time can cause them to develope skin cancer.

Representations of small greyhound-like hounds can be found in art dating back to Roman times but the first written English use of the word "whippet" with regard to a type of dog was in 1610. In the nineteenth century, the existence of the whippet as a distinct breed can be stated with certainty. The age of the modern whippet dawned in 1890 when the English Kennel Club granted the breed official recognition, thus making the whippet eligible for competition in dog shows, and commencing the recording of their pedigrees. In the United States, the whippet was recognized in 1888 by the American Kennel Club and was followed by the United Kennel Club in 1935. Early specimens were taken from the race track by dog fanciers of the time and exported all over the world.