This dog may look more like a race dog you'd see on a big-screen TV in Vegas, but the whippet makes a great family dog. This "miniature greyhound" is fast and athletic, but also loyal, even-tempered and obedient. It is an ideal companion and great with children because it is well-behaved with a quiet nature. Unlike many other athletic breeds, the whippet does well inside, even in an apartment, just as long as it gets a nice long walk or some other type of exercise each day. This dog loves to sleep and lounge around so don't be surprised if it's a couch potato, especially when you're not home.
However, there are some scenarios in which the whippet doesn't thrive. While it can be outside in nice climates and loves activity and exercise, it is not an outside dog. The whippet needs a nice, soft warm bed at night as its coat is not made for cold weather. Since the whippet has a sensitive exterior, it requires kindness. This breed doesn't respond well to harsh commands or management, so handle your whippet firmly, but with gentleness.