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Whipador (Whippet & Lab Mix): Pictures, Info, Care Guide & More

Written by: Adam Mann

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Whipador (Whippet & Lab Mix): Pictures, Info, Care Guide & More

A cross between the Whippet and a Labrador Retriever, few mixes present such a unique appearance and mixture of two completely different breeds. Still, while they might be different in quite a few ways, they make a great combination when you bring them together!

Breed Overview

Height:

19–24 inches

Weight:

35–70 pounds

Lifespan:

11–15 years

Colors:

White, blue, silver, red, brown, gray, black

Suitable for:

Active families, families with other pets, and those with fenced-in yards

Temperament:

Loyal, loving, intelligent, friendly, social

The Whipador is a cross between the Whippet and the Labrador Retriever, which might seem like an unusual mix at first, but both breeds feature plenty of interesting and desired traits. Both dog breeds are incredibly loving and loyal and do great with kids and other pets, making them an excellent choice for plenty of homes.

Just know that while they’re loyal and loving, they’re also high energy, so ensure you have plenty of space and time for them before you bring one into your house.

Whipador Characteristics

Energy
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High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Trainability
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Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Health
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Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Lifespan
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Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Sociability
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Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

 

Whipador Puppies

The Whipador can be extremely tough to track down. Often, a Whipador is an accident, born when a purebred Whippet accidentally breeds with a purebred Labrador Retriever.

While it’s not easy to find a Whipador breeder, it’s not impossible, so do your research and see if you can’t track one down. You can also find many Whipador mixes in shelters. Just keep in mind that these generally won’t be purebred Whipadors. They’re still great pups, but they might have a few other characteristics from other breeds you’ll need to be aware of.

Whipador puppies are very much like other puppies, but they generally have even more energy, so unless you have an outdoor space for them to run around, they can be quite challenging to own and care for.

Parent breeds of the Whipador
Image By: Left – Eric Isselee, Shutterstock | Right – Baevskiy Dmitry, Shutterstock

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Whipador

The Whipador might not be the absolute smartest dog out there, but they’re no slouch, either. They’re full of energy, but they’re also extremely smart, and with their eagerness to please, you can usually train them to complete a ton of tasks.

However, if they take after their Whippet side a bit more, they might have a slight stubborn streak. It’s nothing you can’t overcome with a little consistency. Overall, they’re great dogs with a sweet and loving temperament.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Both the Labrador Retriever and the Whippet are great family dogs, so it’s no surprise that the Whipador is an outstanding family dog, too. Whether you have smaller children or teenagers at home, the Whipador is a wise choice to welcome to the family.

They also tend to get along with everyone, and they want attention from everyone in the home, so as long as everyone is showering them with affection, they’ll give you attention right back.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

If you already have other pets in your home, a Whipador is generally a good choice. Both the Labrador Retriever and the Whippet generally get along great with other pets, so it really doesn’t matter which parent breed they take after.

Just keep in mind that each dog does have its own personality, but early socialization goes a long way in ensuring they get along with all the pets in your home.

 

Things to Know When Owning a Whipador

While the Whipador is generally a pretty straightforward dog to care for, there are a few things you should know before you bring one home. With that in mind, we’ve highlighted all the basic care requirements you should know about before bringing one home.

Food & Diet Requirements

Because the size of a Whipador can vary quite a bit, so can the amount you need to feed them. A Whipador that weighs 35 pounds eats roughly 2.5 cups of dry kibble, while a 70-pound Whipador generally eats about 3.5 cups of dry kibble.

If you go with a high-quality kibble, it should cost you somewhere between $40 and $65 a month. Wet food will cost you a bit more, generally ranging between $100 and $150 a month, while fresh food costs even more between $200 and $300 a month.

Exercise

Both the Labrador Retriever and the Whippet are extremely energetic dogs, which means the Whipador is going to be a high-energy breed, too. They need quite a bit of space to run around, and because of their size, a fenced-in yard makes this much easier.

However, even with that, they need at least two walks a day, and you should aim for about a mile for each walk. They’re high-energy breeds, and unless you meet their exercise requirements, you’re inviting potential destructive boredom behaviors.

Training

The Labrador Retriever is one of the easiest pups to train out there, so your Whiapdor takes after them, you should be able to train them without too many problems. And while the Whippet might not be quite as easy to train as a Labrador Retriever, they’re still highly trainable dogs.

Remain consistent and aim for one training session a day, and each training session should only last about 15 minutes.

Grooming ✂️

While the Whippet and the Labrador Retriever both shed, neither dog is the worst shedder around. If you take the time to brush them out each day, you should be able to keep their shed to a minimum, and their coats will generally not mat up.

In addition to brushing them each day, you need to brush their teeth daily and trim their nails as needed to properly care for them.

Health and Conditions

The Whipador is usually a pretty healthy dog breed, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things for you to keep an eye out for. You can also significantly reduce the risk of your dog developing these conditions if you get them from a reputable breeder and they have healthy parents.

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Eye defects
  • Pancreatitis
Serious Conditions
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Heart disease
  • Epilepsy

Male vs Female

Generally, there isn’t much of a difference between a male and female Whipador. However, if you get a male from the same litter, they’re generally a bit larger than females. But if you get them from different litters, you never know which parent they’re going to take after, meaning the females could be larger than expected.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Whipador

1. They’re Very Playful

Both the Labrador Retriever and the Whippet are extremely playful dogs, so no matter which parent breed a Whipador takes after, they’re going to have a very playful nature.


2. They Can Run Extremely Fast

The Whippet is one of the fastest dogs on the planet, with the ability to reach top speeds of 35 miles per hour. While a Whipador isn’t quite that fast, they’re far from slow.


3. Whipadors Are Extremely High Energy

If you want a high-energy dog, it’s tough to top a Whipador. They need lots of space to run around and spend their energy; otherwise, it’s likely that you’ll have to deal with destructive boredom behavior. They’re great dogs, but just know they’re going to run around quite a bit.

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Conclusion

While the Whippet and the Labrador Retriever might not seem like two breeds that make sense to bring together, that doesn’t make them any less of an adorable dog. The truth is that with great personalities that complement each other, the Whipador is an outstanding choice to welcome into your home. They have a unique appearance for sure, but they’re great family dogs and have lots of fun energy. If you have plenty of space for them, they might be the perfect dog for you and your family.

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