Poodle versus Whippet. Final Verdict on Which is a Better Pet

Poodle versus Whippet

Poodle versus Whippet: Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a new pet dog, and you have narrowed down your choices to the Poodle and the Whippet? Well, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will provide you a detailed comparison between these two breeds to help you decide which of the Poodle and the Whippet better suits your personality and lifestyle.

Note that there are 3 types of Poodles:

  • The Standard Poodle
  • The Miniature Poodle
  • The Toy Poodle
  • However, these 3 poodle `types` are basically the same. The only difference between them is size. Standard Poodles are big, toy poodles are small, and miniature poodles are medium-sized.

    Read more about the subtle differences between the standard poodle vs. miniature poodle here and the toy poodle versus miniature poodle here.

    We will provide you a detailed comparison of dog attributes such as intelligence, price, general health, friendliness, etc, for both the Poodle and Whippet.

    We compared which one of the Poodle and Whippet is better suited for new owners, for owners with kids, for owners that live in apartments, for owners with dog allergies, etc.

    Importantly, we also crunched the numbers to obtain what we call the Better-Pet Score for both the Poodle and for the Whippet. The dog breed with the higher Better-Pet score is the `better` pet. We hope these Better-Pet Scores will provide you more insight into deciding which pet to get between a Poodle and a Whippet.

    Our goal is to help you make a well-thought-out decision on your next long-term sweet companion!

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    Poodle versus Whippet Overview: Comparison Table

    The table below compares the Poodle to the Whippet based on different important factors such as Price, Health, Kid-friendliness, etc.

    When a dog breed scores higher for a factor than the other dog breed, the box of the breed that scores higher is shaded green. Also, the box of the breed that scores lower is shaded red. When there is no difference between the breeds for a particular factor or when the factor is not that important in picking a pet, or when the factor is not comparable between two pets, then the box is shaded gray for both pets.

    Most of the factors in the table for each dog breed are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. However, some factors such as “Price”, “Average Lifespan” cannot be on a scale of 1 to 5, so they are not on a scale of 1 to 5 in the comparison table.

    Factor Poodle Whippet
    Tolerates Being Alone 1/5 2/5
    Non Shedding 5/5 4/5
    Non Drooling 5/5 5/5
    Easy To Groom 1/5 5/5
    General Health 2/5 4/5
    Lack of Prey Drive 4/5 1/5
    Does NOT Bark or Howl 4/5 5/5
    Tolerates Cold Weather 3/5 1/5
    Tendency NOT to Wander 3/5 2/5
    Calmness 3/5 4/5
    Insensitive 2/5 1/5
    Tolerates Hot Weather 4/5 4/5
    Dog Friendly 4/5 4/5
    Friendly Toward Strangers 4/5 4/5
    Potential NOT to Gain Weight 2/5 5/5
    Does NOT chew on things 2/5 2/5
    NOT Rambunctious 2/5 1/5
    Minimal Exercise Needs 2/5 1/5
    Adapts Well To Apartment Living 5/5 5/5
    Good For Novice Owners 5/5 3/5
    Affectionate With Family 5/5 5/5
    Kid-Friendly 5/5 5/5
    Easy To Train 5/5 4/5
    Intelligence 5/5 4/5
    Potential For Playfulness 5/5 5/5
    Weight
  • Standard Poodle: 38 to 70 pounds
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 and 20 pounds
  • Toy Poodle: 4.8 to 11.6 pounds
  • 18 to 48 pounds
    Height
  • Standard Poodle: 24 to 27 inches
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 to 15 inches
  • Toy Poodle: less than 10 inches
  • 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder
    Average Lifespan 13.5 years 13.5 years
    Average Price
  • Standard Poodle: $1400 – $2500
  • Miniature Poodle: $1562 – $3000
  • Toy Poodle: $1900 – $3500
  • $2500 – $2600
    Common Health Problems and Recommended Health Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Cardiac Evaluation
  • Congenital Deafness
  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Popularity out of 200 Dog Breeds 7 58
    Intelligence Rank (out of 130 Dog Breeds) 2 51

    Data from dogtime.com, OFA.org, petcalculator.com, wikipedia.org

    Next, we added all the add-able scores for the Poodle in the table (that is, `Ease of Grooming` score + `General Health` score + `Calmness` score + …etc) and we compared it to the corresponding total score for the Whippet. We call these total scores the Better-Pet Scores, as we mentioned earlier. This score is called the Better-Pet score because the better dog breed will have a higher score.

    The Better-Pet score for a Poodle is 88.0 while the Better-Pet score for a Whippet is 86.0.

    Based on their Better-Pet scores, the Poodle is a better pet than the Whippet. So, you should get a Poodle!

    Poodle versus Whippet

    Furthemore, there are other dog breeds that are very similar to the Whippet that you can consider on your quest to get the best pet.

    We crunched the numbers and found that the following dog breeds have similar personality and temperament as the Whippet:

  • Ibizan Hound (86 percent match with Whippet). Here is our comparison of the Poodle vs Ibizan Hound.
  • The Most Remarkable Differences Between a Poodle and a Whippet

    Below is a list of where the Poodle and the Whippet are most different:

  • Poodles require a lot of grooming and are not very easy to groom. However, Whippets are very easy to groom.
  • Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get along well with other pets. However, Whippets have a high prey drive. They do not get along well with other pets.
  • Poodles gain weight easily. You need to pay careful attention to what you feed them. However, Whippets are not prone to gaining weight easily.
  • The Similarities Between a Poodle and a Whippet

    The Poodle and the Whippet are very similar in certain aspects. Below is the list of where the Poodle and Whippet are most similar:

  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet do not like to be left alone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet do not have the tendency to drool.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet are not very vocal. They have very low tendency to bark and howl.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet are easily disturbed by noise in their environments. They are sensitive to human tone. They will understand the tone of your voice when you try to correct their behaviors with a firm tone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet can tolerate hot weather.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet get along well with other dogs.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet not very friendly towards strangers.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet are prone to nip and chew at things.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet have very high energy levels. They need a lot of exercise time to release their high energy.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet require a lot of exercise. They are good for owners who like to exercise.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet adapt well to apartment living.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet are very easy to train.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet are highly intelligent.
  • Both the Poodle and the Whippet are very playful.
  • Size (Weight and Height) of Poodle versus Whippet

    Now, let us discuss the difference in size between the Poodle and the Whippet.

    Poodles come in three main size categories. These three size categories are referred to as the three varieties of the poodle. Poodles of different varieties are basically the same except for their size differences. The poodle varieties based on size categorization are:

  • Standard Poodles: Standard Poodles are the biggest of the poodle varieties. Adult Standard Poodles are 24 inches to 27 inches tall and weigh between 38 pounds and 70 pounds. To learn more about Standard Poodle Growth, Weight, and Height, check out our article on Standard Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Miniature Poodles: Miniature Poodles are mid-sized poodles. An adult miniature poodle grows to weigh between 10 and 20 pounds (4.5 kg to 9 kg) and stands between 10 to 15 inches tall (25.4 cm to 38.1 cm). To learn more about Miniature Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Miniature Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Toy Poodles: The Toy Poodle is the smallest official member of the poodle club. Although there is a smaller poodle variety that is smaller than the toy poodle. This tiny poodle variety is called the micro/teacup poodle. However, this micro/teacup poodle size category is not recognized by the official poodle association, The Poodle Club of America. Adult toy poodles are no more than ten inches tall withers. In weight, a toy poodle will grow to be about 4.8 to 11.6 pounds in weight. To learn more about Toy Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Toy Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • There is another variety of poodle that is not recognized in the USA but is recognized in Europe. This poodle size variety is called the Moyen Poodle. In size, the Moyen Poodle is smaller than the Standard poodle but bigger than the miniature poodle.

    See below the figure that compares the different poodle sizes:

    Poodle Sizes

    On the other hand, Whippets weigh 18 to 48 pounds when fully grown. Whippets are 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder when fully grown.

    The Popularity of Poodle versus Popularity of Whippet

    Every year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) publishes information on how popular a dog breed is in that particular year. The AKC gets the popularity information of a breed from its record on how many dogs of that breed the owners register with the AKC. The AKC collects this data for about 200 dog breeds. The AKC collects this data for purebred dogs only(no mixed or designer dogs).

    The graphs below show the popularity of the Poodle and the Whippet over the years.

    Based on the AKC popularity data over the years, the Poodle is more popular with dog owners than the Whippet. This is because, over the years, the average popularity of the Poodle is 7 out of about 200 dog breeds while the average popularity of the Whippet is 58 out of about 200 dog breeds.

    Popularity of Poodle

    Popularity of Poodle

    Popularity of Whippet

    Popularity of Whippet

    Price of Poodle versus Price of Whippet

    The charts below show the price distribution for the Poodle and Whippet. For different price points, the charts show how many Poodle puppies or how many Whippet puppies are listed for sale at those price points.

    The Price breakdown of Poodle. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    The Price breakdown of Poodle. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    The Price breakdown of Whippet

    The Price breakdown of Whippet

    The price of a Standard Poodle typically ranges from $1400 – $2500. We obtained this price range by review the prices of 2527 Standard Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The price of a Miniature Poodle typically ranges from $1562 – $3000. We obtained this price range by review the prices of 703 Miniature Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The price of a Toy Poodle typically ranges from $1900 – $3500. We obtained this price range by review the prices of 874 Toy Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    To know about standard poodle prices and standard poodle buying advice, check out our article on standard poodle cost.

    To know about miniature poodle prices, check out this article on miniature poodle price.

    To learn more about toy poodle price and for toy poodle buying advice, check out this article on toy poodle price.

    The price of a Whippet typically ranges from $2500 – $2600. We obtained this price information by collecting and reviewing the prices of 39 Whippet puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    Poodle Whippet
    Average Price $2271 $2510
    Price Range $1500 to $2750 $2500 to $2600
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    Health Problems of Poodle versus Health Problems of Whippet

    Every dog breed has its own set of health problems that it has a tendency to develop. Therefore, there is nothing like a perfect puppy.

    Both Poodle and Whippet are prone to certain genetic health conditions. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is the organization that keeps track of health problems in dogs. Based on the extensive records that the OFA keeps, the OFA knows what health problems each dog breed is naturally prone to develop. Hence, the OFA recommends which health screening that breeders should perform on a dog breed to make sure that the breeders won`t breed `defective` dog parents that can pass down defective genes to their puppy offspring.

    The more health problems a dog breed is prone to develop, the more health tests the OFA will recommend for that dog breed.

    Based on our review of OFA records, we found that the Whippet is prone to more genetic health problems than the Poodle.

    This is because the OFA recommends more screening health tests for the Whippet than for the Poodle.

    4 health tests are recommended for Poodle while 5 tests are recommended for the Whippet.

    Below is a detailed discussion of health problems in Poodles and in Whippet.

    Poodle Health Problems

    Poodles are genetically prone to certain health problems.

    The OFA provides breeders recommendations on which diseases breeders should screen their dog parents and puppies for.

    If you want a Poodle puppy that will grow up to be healthy, make sure that your Poodle breeder screens your puppy or your puppy`s parents for the health problems that the OFA recommends. This will increase the chances that your puppy is free from inherited genetic defects.

    The following are the health tests that Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) recommends that breeders should screen Poodles for:

  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • You can find out more about OFA`s recommended tests for Poodles here.

    Also, check out our detailed discussion on poodle health problems here.

    Whippet Health Problems

    Whippets are genetically prone to certain health problems.

    The OFA provides breeders recommendations on which diseases breeders should screen their dog parents and puppies for.

    If you want a Whippet puppy that will grow up to be healthy, make sure that your Whippet breeder screens your puppy or your puppy`s parents for the health problems that the OFA recommends. This will increase the chances that your puppy is free from inherited genetic defects.

    The following are the health tests that Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) recommends that breeders should screen Whippets for:

  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Cardiac Evaluation
  • Congenital Deafness
  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • You can find out more about OFA`s recommended tests for Whippets here.

    The Intelligence of Poodle versus Intelligence of Whippet

    Professor Stanley Coren, the famous psychology/neuropsychological professor and, dog lover/trainer measured and ranked the intelligence of about 130 different dog breeds

    According to Prof. Stanley Coren, the total intelligence that a dog demonstrates is the addition of three types of intelligence. These intelligence types are:

  • Instinctive Intelligence: This is the natural intelligence a dog has because of what the dog was bred for. This type of intelligence comes from instinct. For example, dog breeds that were bred for guarding will have high `guarding` instinctive intelligence, while dog breeds that were bred for hunting will what high `hunting` instinctive intelligence. Also, you cannot compare the intelligence of dog breeds based on instinctive intelligence because such a comparison will not make sense.
  • Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability): This indicates what a dog can learn to do for himself or herself. It includes learning and benefiting from experience with his environment, solving new problems, and so forth. Adaptive intelligence is specific to each dog, and not breed specific. Thus, two dogs can have remarkably different levels of adaptive intelligence even if they are of the same breed.
  • Working/Obedience Intelligence: This intelligence is the closest to what we might call school-learning ability and is based upon what the dog can learn to do when instructed by humans. Importantly, different dog breeds have different learning abilities. Also, science has shown that some dog breeds can learn faster than some other breeds. This means certain dog breeds tend to have higher working/obedience intelligence than some other breeds. Dogs with high Working/Obedience Intelligence are smart and easy to train
  • Prof. Coren showed that the Working/Obedience Intelligence of different dog breeds can be measured reliably. Thus, he was able to rank different dog breeds based on their Working/Obedience Intelligence.

    This is important because according to Prof. Coren, 51 percent of a dog`s intelligence comes from its genes while 49 perfect is based on environmental circumstances.

    To rank the intelligence of dog breeds, Prof. Coren employed the help of 208 dog obedience judges in North America to fill out a detailed survey on dog obedience. This number represented more than half of all of these judges in North America at the time. He also employed 63 veterinarians and 14 guard dog experts to collect data on the personality of different dog breeds.

    The Poodle has an obedience intelligence rank of 2 out of 130 dog breeds. The Poodle belongs to the `Brightest Dogs` category. This means that the Poodle tend to learn new commands after fewer than 5 repetitions.

    To learn more about poodle intelligence, check out our article on how smart are poodles.

    The Whippet has an obedience intelligence rank of 51 out of 130 dog breeds. The Whippet belongs to the `Average Working/Obedience Intelligence Dogs` category. This means that the Whippet tend to learn new commands after 25 to 40 repetitions.

    However, Prof. Coren noted that a dog should not be judged based on its intelligence alone, that other factors such as sociability, adorability, and compatibility with the owner are other very important factors that new dog owners need to consider when deciding on a new dog.

    Poodle versus Whippet

    Tolerates Being Alone: Poodle versus Whippet

    Poodles do not like to be left alone.

    See our article on how long you can leave a poodle alone.

    Whippets do not like to be left alone.

    Amount Of Shedding: Poodle versus Whippet

    Poodles do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Check out our article on if poodles do not shed, and on if standard poodles shed, and shedding in toy poodles

    Whippets do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Drooling Potential: Poodle versus Whippet

    Poodles do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Whippets do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Easy To Groom: Poodle versus Whippet

    Poodles require a lot of grooming and are not very easy to groom.

    To learn more about poodle grooming, check out our article on how to groom a poodle.

    Whippets are very easy to groom.

    Prey Drive: Poodle vs Whippet

    Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.

    Whippets have a high prey drive. They have the tendency to chase after smaller animals and pets. They do not get along well with other pets.

    Tendency To Bark Or Howl: Poodle vs Whippet

    Poodles are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Whippets are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Tolerates Cold Weather: Poodle vs Whippet

    Whippets cannot tolerate cold weather. They are vulnerable to the cold.

    Wanderlust Potential: Poodle vs Whippet

    Whippets have a high tendency to wander. They are easily distracted by other animals or objects.

    Tolerates Hot Weather: Poodle vs Whippet

    Poodles can tolerate hot weather.

    Whippets can tolerate hot weather.

    Dog Friendly: Poodle vs Whippet

    Poodles get along well with other dogs.

    Read this article to learn about the dog breeds that get along with poodle

    Whippets get along well with other dogs.

    Affectionate With Family: Poodle vs Whippet

    Poodles are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Learn about standard poodles as family dogs here, and about how family-friendly are toy poodles.

    Whippets are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Kid-Friendly: Poodle vs Whippet

    Poodles get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Whippets get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Easy To Train: Poodle vs Whippet

    Poodles are very easy to train.

    Check out our article on how to train a poodle.

    Whippets are very easy to train.

    Conclusion: Poodle versus Whippet. Which One is a Better Pet?

    To be serious, there is nothing like a better dog breed or a worse dog breed. The important question to ask is which dog breed better matches your interests and lifestyle. We hope our discussion above will help you in deciding which dog breed between the Poodle and the Whippet better suits you and your family.

    Here at bestpoodle.com, we are for the Poodle. So, we recommend that you get yourself a Poodle instead of a Whippet! Poodles are the best 🙂.