The Whippet is a smart, active, affectionate, and loyal breed. They are calm dogs that should be trained with a gentle touch, and never a harsh tone, as they are especially sensitive and may develop a complex. They are good with kids, assuming there is no rough play and the kids do not tease the dog, as, again, this breed is very sensitive. Being sighthounds, they have a reputation of chasing down and killing rabbits, cats, and other small animals, so part of their training should include socialization with cats if they are to live in a home with them. .