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Essential Whippet Wear - PUPPY

Don't feel daunted by what clothing to choose for your whippet puppy - this blog explains your new pups essential clothing needs, because for whippets, clothing is not optional.

This blog will guide a new owner through the clothing needs of a whippet pup from 3-12 months. Getting a whippet puppy is one of the most joyous times. They bring love and laughter into a home. However, whippets have requirements that other dogs don’t, and certainly in the clothing department!

Please remember we are working on average sizes here and whippets do vary.

Summer Pups 3-6 months

If your puppy is joining you in the spring or summer you probably won’t need very much in the way of clothing. However, we all know the weather can be inclement and it's good to be prepared.

Essentials are:

.       A puppy collar - It's a legal requirement for dogs to have an up-to-date ID tag on when outside of your home, so it's good to get your pup used to wearing a collar even if you intend to use a harness. The collar needs to be light and not have heavy d-rings or buckles, little necks are delicate and you want pup to feel comfortable in a collar.

.       A tee shirt is an ideal light layer for chilly evenings. You might be enjoying an evening by the BBQ, or camping beside a fire. If it’s chilly enough for you to reach for a cardi then your pup will be feeling it too, unless they have found a lap to curl up on! Our Whippet Puppy size is a good fit for this age.

.        A cotton bandana – not just a fashion accessory, but a really handy item to cool them down when soaked in cold water. We love the bright and breezy selection from The Slumbering Hound and the light seaside themed square scarves from Seasalt.

.        A lightweight coat – at this age your pups shape isn't fully developed so, you can get away with a reasonably priced coat from your local pet shop. If you want to invest in a proper whippet shaped coat, be aware they will very soon grow out of it! Generally they won’t be going on long walks at this age and they certainly won't choose to go out in the rain anyway!

Redhound for Dogs offer Whippet Clothing, Whippet Coats and Whippet Raincoats

Winter Pups 3-6 months

If your pup joins you in late autumn or during winter, you will have some issues with toilet training if you don’t have the right clothes! Whippets feel the cold and generally hate the rain!

Essentials are:

.       A collar - as above.

.       At least one, well fitted jumper or probably two. The perfect choice is our Puppy's First Fleece. Don't be tempted to buy the next size up until they are at least four months old, as a puppy will only get the full benefit of a jumper that fits properly, one they can walk and play in. If it’s too big and baggy their legs can fall out and they're not the most coordinated of breeds at this age anyway! Plus, those cold drafts will whip straight in. Having a couple of jumpers is sensible so you don’t get caught out when one is in the wash. They sell well on re-sale sites too.

.       A coat you can put over a jumper, or one that is warm on its own. It doesn't have to be a specific whippet shape at this age. Winter pups need something that gives rain protection while toilet training - unless you fancy standing outside with an umbrella over them! Consider buying second hand, look for one in a sale or buy one that gives space for some growing, bearing in mind they aren't doing long walks at this age.

Redhound for Dogs offer Whippet Clothing, Whippet Coats and Whippet Raincoats

Summer pups 6-9 months

By now the first clothes you bought are unlikely to fit. From six months your walks will be longer and heavy summer showers are not fun without the right clothing.

Essentials are:

.          Having had plenty of wear out of a tee shirt and being such a useful item, it's good to grade up a size – our next size is a small, but you might be tempted to get a Smedium or Medium. By now your pup will know the benefit of being warm, with longer legs and a little more coordination, so having a bigger size might not be an issue, but we suggest buying the right size at the time.

.         The whippet shape will now be developing and that puppy coat you bought will look silly and not give the coverage needed. Now is a good time to invest in a better, sight hound shaped coat. We recommend one that is washable. It’s handy if it folds up to go in a bag/rucksack when out on adventures and the weather changes. A good choice from our range is the Norwich. This style is lightweight when worn solo, and can be layered when Autumn hits. You might be tempted to invest in an expensive rain coat, but remember that guessing your pup's adult size at this age is hard.

.           A proper whippet shaped collar. By the age of six months their necks are around the same size as an adult so investing in a sight hound collar is now sensible. You will have done some heal work training by now and likely letting your pup explore the world off lead more. Wide collars are designed for their long slender necks and slim head. We have a range of soft leather collars and in the summer these washable hound print canvas collars with matching leads are a great choice.

Redhound for Dogs offer Whippet Clothing, Whippet Coats and Whippet Raincoats

Winter Pups 6-9 months

Winter weather presents far more challenges for you and your pup when it comes to clothing. It will be cold, windy and wet in varying degrees depending which part of the world you live in, so having suitable, well fitting clothes is necessary during these seasons.

Essentials are:

.           At least two well fitted jumpers - most at this age fit our Smedium or Medium whippet size. By now, you'll know if you have a serial smelly stuff roller, this will have a bearing on the number of jumpers you need! We recommend at least two but three is easier. You could mix up the sizes, maybe go for a couple of Smedium and a Medium – if it is a little big it will be ideal for wearing around the house on very cold days.

.           A well fitted coat designed for a whippet shape. A coat is needed more during the winter, making the investment worth it. Choose a washable coat suitable for cold weather, we have a range of them. Our Bute is a great choice for young active pups, its fleece lined and goes on like a jumper. If you want a fleece lined coat, our Be Seen or Whitstable are suitable.

.          A sight hound shaped collar for all of the reasons above.

Redhound for Dogs offer Whippet Clothing, Whippet Coats and Whippet Raincoats

Summer Pup 9-12 months

Having a pup at this age during the summer wardrobe requirements are minimal but some are worth investment. Now your puppy is nearly fully grown adult sizes can be bought.

Essentials are:

.          An adult size tee shirt. It's such a useful item, packs up small, great for chilly evenings inside and out, gives protection against grass seed allergens and sun for those who seek it out.

.           A lightweight coat - useful for summer showers. By now your pup is pretty close to the full size, certainly in length, you will find that they start to fill out at this age but the general shape will likely be what you end up with size wise. So, now is the time to make that investment in a good quality coat that will see you through those summer showers for many years to come. Our Carlisle and Cardiff whippet raincoats pack away into a handy bag that can slip into a rucksack or onto your belt loop. Nobody wants to get caught in the rain with a soggy whippet who will probably demand to be carried home!

Redhound for Dogs offer Whippet Clothing, Whippet Coats and Whippet Raincoats

Winter Pup 9-12 months

Winter months present more wardrobe challenge. By this age your pup will be happy to go for longer walks, love to play with other dogs and possibly enjoy a good dig or roll around. Whippet clothing needs to be functional and stylish allowing your dog to live life to the full in comfort while being protected whatever the weather.

Essentials are:

.           At least two jumpers – fleece is practical, warm and durable. If you haven’t already invested in ones that are designed with your whippet’s shape in mind, now is the time. During the winter there's more mud so having a jumper that washes well is essential. Other jumper styles to consider are a Gilet Jumper - great to layer over a roll neck, and Pet Shirt - good for lounging at home when the temperature drops.

.           Now is the time to invest in a decent coat. Maybe you have been eyeing up that wax coat – but be aware, they are not washable. If you have a clean pup who can be trusted not to get dirty, go ahead and get one. Otherwise, I suggest our Canterbury – half jumper, half coat, fleece lined, so easy to put on and warm to wear.

If you live in an area with no street lights, our Be Seen is a great choice, washable, fleece lined and with the reflective piping, making it visible in the headlights of cars.

If you live in a relatively temperate climate the Chester is worth considering, lightweight on top, but with a half fleece jumper built in, great for keeping the core warm.

Redhound for Dogs offer Whippet Clothing, Whippet Coats and Whippet Raincoats

Curated Puppy Products

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the all the options, we've put together a Puppy Pack with all the essentials for the first few months - carefully curated, colour coordinated and you can choose from Summer or Winter arrivals.

And finally, to learn more, a really useful read is - Life With a Whippet by our founder, Debbie Humphreys - there's a whole chapter on why clothing is not optional for whippets as well as a wealth of information invaluable for those sharing their lives with whippets.

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