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rustyboy

New Pup on the Way

How excited am I!!!
Mate has just picked himself a Whippet x Bedlington for working with the ferrets and on the lamp for Rabbiting...I cannot wait!!
Possibly thinking of something similar in the future so a tester for me as well
kaz

A new puppy is always exciting    (and you forget how much work they are )
Scottie

You took the words right out of my mouth Kaz.  Enjoy the new pup
confused

Wow , I'm green with envy , I have had 3 in the past , the first a dog , 3/4 whippet x 1/4 beddy , the  second and third  bitch's  1/2whippet x 1/2 beddy , great companion , workers , hearts the size of a house end , the dog was 19.5 inch's to the shoulder and could have run all day , regularly putting big dogs to shame, he was so clever .  the 1'st bitch was no size at all only about 15inch's , but what a rabbit/rat dog , she only ever shook a rat once tossing it over her shoulder and never looked at that rat again , the 3'rd was around 19ins nice wee bitch but never quite the same as the other two, I always thought that it was my fault as expected too much from her .
Try and get some photo's up I'd love to see them .
darkbrowneggs

How exciting, and what  could be better, all the fun of a pup, and then it goes home after  

Rather like being an Aunt    
rustyboy

Will try and get those photos up for u CONFUSED as it will be the first serious chance i have had to test my newportrait lens...Would you say CONFUSED that the half bed x half whippet is the ideal cross for rabbiting?? and male the slightly better??...my heart is telling me that i should aqquire  myself a pup but my head is telling me about a couple of issues that need extremely careful thinking about....i need to get in touch with bodger also but could i be so rude as to ask for advice from your goodself (and anyone else)as you have experience with the breed..
confused

I  liked the 1/2 cross , and believe it or not my first one was a great hare dog , back when it was legal but he was a super fit dog , I worked on the farm at that time and when I was ploughing he ran beside my tractor , now I ploughed at around 2.5 -3 miles an hour , and worked a 12 hr day ! so he covered a lot of ground , !!! he honestly wasn't the best rabbit dog I ever had , but he was the best dog I ever had , my second one the smallest and the only rough coated one , she was a good rabbit dog , and rat dog , the 3rd one was  a stunning looking wee bitch and handy in all ways , I like the beddy x whippet ,they were always big enough for what I wanted , they were great natured , and if I had them indoors they never took up half the fire place , I never would say the dog or the bitch were best , I believe that you get back what you put in , I could write a book about my dogs but only the people who knew them would believe the tales , don't be frightened to ask if I can ever help I will
rustyboy

Brilliant confused...you have awnsered a few extra there for me from working on a farm as  dog or bitch would be spending a lot of time working up there....the dilemma i really have is the ground she would be running on,i and the farm are located near to lewes,east sussex at the foot of south downs and the farm has about a 1000 acres with quite a few hedges,now whilst not all of it is flinty a lot of it is and it was pointed out to me by someone close that it may not be the best for the dogs feet and maybe i should be looking at a longer legged terrier...what would be ur opinion on that?.i would love the whippet  for its nature and the breed but would not want it to harm itself any more than poss
sod

New pup    
confused

You are asking the wrong man , because I would have the whippet x every time , yes it might be hard on feet but get the dog out , get it out, out , everyday the more the dog is with you the better , you get back what you put in , plenty time spent dodging around the feet will be hard , the nails short , in my opinion most dogs get injuries because they lie in front of the fire for days then it's lets go hunting , ? let the dog learn , everyday is a training day , let them learn their trade , think back to the old days , dogs used to run under the wagons , fit hard , dogs , it worked for me . get a pup , never mind this nonsense buying a "ready made " dog , if these dogs were as good as the seller says ?  why would they sell it ??
bodger

A Whippet Bedlington will make a handy sized dog for rabbits but the cross does have a tendency towards being a bit on the hard mouthed size. Its the terrier in the make up you see.
confused

bodger wrote:
A Whippet Bedlington will make a handy sized dog for rabbits but the cross does have a tendency towards being a bit on the hard mouthed size. Its the terrier in the make up you see.

Bodger , my second (the wee bitch ) was mustard on rats , but had a soft mouth on bunnys , but it took time , and perseverance, she would even pick up baby ducklings and bring them to me , unharmed , the look on her face when I let them go was a sight to behold !
rustyboy

bodger wrote:
A Whippet Bedlington will make a handy sized dog for rabbits but the cross does have a tendency towards being a bit on the hard mouthed size. Its the terrier in the make up you see.


Howdy bodger,that had crossed my mind with the terrier..do you think a pure whippet would be the one for bunnying or would you go for some type of cross in it??
bodger

A cross every time. We lost a superb whippet with a broken front leg. Siddy was fantastic on rabbits but the bone simply wouldn't knit and we had to have him put down after weeks of being in plaster.

When I raced whippets, the dogs racing at my club were all non pedigree and anyone who turned up with pedigree dogs went away absolutely disillusioned. The pedigree dogs couldn't hold a candle to the non pedigree dogs.
For rabbiting, I'd probably go for a collie whippet, or better still, a three quarter whippet, quarter collie.
Dave C

If you like the Whippet look, go for a 3/4 Whip 1/4 Greyhound

Blisteringly fast rabbit dogs  
Border

I used Collie x whippet with the ferrets, intelligens and speed  excellent Little dogs.
rustyboy

bodger wrote:
A cross every time. We lost a superb whippet with a broken front leg. Siddy was fantastic on rabbits but the bone simply wouldn't knit and we had to have him put down after weeks of being in plaster.

When I raced whippets, the dogs racing at my club were all non pedigree and anyone who turned up with pedigree dogs went away absolutely disillusioned. The pedigree dogs couldn't hold a candle to the non pedigree dogs.
For rabbiting, I'd probably go for a collie whippet, or better still, a three quarter whippet, quarter collie.


Fantastic,cheers bodger i really appreciate the help and advice from yourself and the other members,i love the whippets but have not a great deal of knowledge about which cross works really well,confused has commented also on this but where i am bodger can be a bit flinty in places,would that be a concern with the whippet??
rustyboy

Border wrote:
I used Collie x whippet with the ferrets, intelligens and speed  excellent Little dogs.


thanks border..i didnt realise you were also a ferreting man,i only associate you with photography mate
rustyboy

Dave C wrote:
If you like the Whippet look, go for a 3/4 Whip 1/4 Greyhound

Blisteringly fast rabbit dogs  


cheers dave really appreciate the advice,it is helping so much in narrowing it down,its important for me to get it right for not only me but also the animal in question as i want to get it as best i can for them for the future years that lie ahead...b posting some photos of mates new pup shortly he sent me some photos yesterday
rustyboy

A'HA!!! Mate sent me some photos of the new pup yesterday,have'nt heard a name yet,you experienced boys will know how much but he looks more beddy to me!!







darkbrowneggs

What a little cutie  
Border

I would say there is a bit of beddy there mate.

Broken coated nice one.

You have a PM.
confused

Wish that wee guy was in my xmas stocking , most dogs will work it's usually the master that makes or breaks them .

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