Rose Hill Whippets

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Welcome to Rose Hill Whippets

Our Breeding Program

We are a small show home located in Kentucky that will occasionally breed a litter of Whippets. Our dogs are our life and we spend hours researching dogs and pedigrees that will compliment our breeding program. With that being said, we can not promise any buyer a specific puppy until they are evaluated between 6 and 8 weeks of age. We want to make sure the personality and temperament of each puppy is suitable for the intended home. Our puppies are evaluated for structure, personality, temperament and movement. At that time we will start matching up puppies to homes. We know that not every dog can be a show dog however, people looking for show prospects will get first pick after we choose the puppy that will stay here with us.

Whippets are not a breed for everyone and we do encourage potential buyers to do their research before inquiring on a puppy. Whippets typically live 10 -16 years so getting a puppy is a long term commitment. We want to make sure that we match your home with the right puppies personality and temperament. We don't want to place a super high drive puppy in a home that wants a couch potato. Puppies will start going to their new homes at 8 weeks of age. By this time they will have been wormed, received their first puppy vaccine and has been given time to build up their immunity. On rare occasions, we will have a puppy that needs to say with us a couple weeks longer but we welcome that time with him/her so he/she can go to it's new homes happy and healthy.

Our dogs are kibble fed and minimally vaccinated. We do recommend feeding a high quality grain free diet. We also recommend vaccinating your dog but to do it wisely and at a minimum.

Our show prospects are guaranteed against any genetic defects or disqualifying faults. If your puppy is diagnosed by a "qualified"  licensed veterinarian as having a genetic defect or disqualifying fault, we will replace it from a subsequent litter once we receive the written diagnosis from the veterinarian and proof of spay/neuter. All guarantees are void if the dog is bred before the age of 2.

Our puppies are raised in our home and under foot. We start crate training at 8 weeks and leash training between 12 and 16 weeks for those puppies who remain with us while waiting for their new family to come along.  We try to expose them to as many new things as we can so they transition into their new homes better. All of our puppies are micro-chipped before going to their new homes. Our pet puppies normally go for $1200 and our show prospects for $1500. No puppy leaves for a new home without a signed sales contract/agreement.

Pet/companion puppies are sold with limited registration on a spay/neuter contract. All registration papers on pet/companion puppies will be held until proof of spay/neuter. If the pet/companion dog is bred, no papers will be released or signed allowing you to register the puppies.

No dog will be sold for the sole purpose of breeding.

All show prospects are co-owned, must have show titles and been properly health tested for BAER (hearing), CERF/CARE (eyes) and Cardiac (heart) before being bred or all guarantees are void. We will not sign off on any dogs papers that has been bred prior to completing the sales agreement for a show prospect. We also reserve the right as a co-owner to take back the dog for breach of contract. 

From time to time we will have older puppies or adolescent dogs available for sale. These are either puppies who haven't found their forever homes yet, young show prospects that we have decided we do not want to use in our breeding program or puppies that we kept as show prospects that did not grow to our expectations. There is nothing "wrong" with these dogs, they make wonderful pets/companions. These dogs will have been well socialized and trained and should easily transition to a new home. As much as we would like to, we can not keep them all and our goal is to breed the best that we can and to the breed standard.

From time to time we will have adult dogs available for placement. These dogs are either retired show dogs we have chose not to use in our breeding program or dogs past breeding age. Yes, there may also be a dog or two available that has produced a litter or two for us.

ALL dogs over 18 months of age will be spayed/neutered before leaving us for a new home.

Shipping is available depending on the time of the year, your location, the size of the kennel needed for shipping and how we think that individual dog would handle the flight. Shipping is at the buyers expense and includes the flight fees, cost of the shipping kennel and health certificate. We use United and Delta Airlines only.  

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As a young girl, I grew up with whippets but had only one that stole my heart. The little white guy pictured to the left is Whimper. He came to us in the dead of winter as a dog that had been dumped and left to fend for himself. He was given a  warm place to live, food to eat and plenty of love from two young girls (my sister and I) who thought the world of him. The lasting impression of having his world turned upside down the day he was dumped out and left on his own manifested it self into him crying or whimpering every time he was left in a room by himself. With that, he was given the name Whimper even though we knew that wasn't his real name, little did we know that it would become his name in a few short months. After months of my parents advertising and searching trying to locate Whimper's owner it was clear that no one was going to claim this sweet boy. Whimper came to us at approx 2 years old ( by vets rough guess) and lived to be approx 14 yrs old. My family saw many different breeds come and go through our home but the whippet and the Standard Spitz (now the American Eskimo) were the only two breeds that left a lasting impression on me.

Once I married and left home, I had many different breeds that included a miniature Poodle, miniature Schnauzer, Rat Terrier, Beagle, Collie, a Dachshund Terrier mix  and several other pure bred and mixed breeds. After years of grooming and loosing my miniature Schnauzer at the age of 13 years old from deterioration of the spine, I decided I didn't want the responsibility of all the grooming that some breeds require so I was on the hunt once again for that special breed for me. As it would have it, that search brought me back full circle to the whippet.

I have now owned my own whippets since 2009 and have shown almost all of them in the UKC conformation ring. Many of them have gone on the win Best In Show and Reserve Best In Show placements. With one special male winning a UKC Best in Sight Hound Specialty.  Most of my dogs are UKC Champions or Grand Champions and a majority of them have finished out their show careers by placing on UKC's Top Ten Breed List for the year. I have shown one dog of mine in AKC and placed 4th in a large open bitch class.

I can honestly say that I love Whippets for many different reasons including the fact that they are gentle, loyal, quiet (most of the time), loving, clean and require very little grooming.

General Information

Many people find the same reasons that I love this breed appealing to them as well. However, I would recommend that before anybody chooses their next breed of dog, that they do their research so that they know the pros and cons of owning that particular breed of dog and that includes the Whippet. After all, not every dog is suited for the lifestyle or energy level 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 14 years with a select few living to be 16 years old. Of course there are those that we loose much to soon but I strive to produce the healthiest dogs possible through health testing of the parents before breeding and removing those dogs from my breeding program that do not pass their health tests. Those dogs that fail their health testing is removed from my breeding program and is spayed or neutered. I strive to keep dogs in my breeding program that are the closest to meeting the breed standard and have the personality and temperament expected for the breed. I breed for the smaller dog since they were never originally meant to be small greyhounds in size.
Whippets are a member of the Sight Hound Group and were bred to hunt by sight (NOT by smell/scent). 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. These dogs are sprinters, NOT endurance runners. 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 fenced 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 develop skin cancer. Whippets along with a select few other sight hounds have a different shaped head then all other breeds of dogs which requires them to have special collars.
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. Since then people and breeders alike, from all over the world, have imported and exported whippets. Breeders do so to keep their lines healthy and true to the breed standards of AKC. UKC, FCI, etc....