Guinness the Whipperman (Whippet / Doberman Pinscher mix breed dog) at 4 1/2 years old—"This is our 4 1/2 year-old female, Guinness. I call her a Whipperman. She is half Whippet and half Doberman, according to the Houston dog shelter. In our opinion, she is the perfect pet. She is sweet tempered, dog friendly, people friendly, obedient and faster than a speeding bullet. She is practically maintenance free and sheds very little. We now live in Michigan and she does require a sweater and a coat in the coldest weather. She's a sight hound and will chase anything that moves, but is highly trainable and has learned that our deck cat is a "leave it" item. Guinness is a very sensitive dog that must be handled, like all Whippets, with gentle commands. She excels at beginning agility training, and we continue to pursue that for her enjoyment, and ours. The only drawback to this breed is that she must run. We have a local county park where dogs can run free and she goes at least once a day. She spends time off-leash in the yard and very early in the morning when my husband walks her. The good news - we've both lost weight because of her need for exercise!"
The Whipperman is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Whippet and the Doberman Pinscher. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.